IGF 2022 WS #484 Data Justice:Lessons Learned in Africa, Latin&South America

Organizer 1: Civil Society, African Group
Organizer 2: Civil Society, African Group
Organizer 3: Civil Society, African Group
Organizer 4: Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Organizer 5: Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

Speaker 1: Isaac Amuku, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 2: María Paz Hermosilla, Technical Community, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Eliana Quiroz, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. Is data governance practices and processes being done as provided by the existing policies and laws, looking at power, equity, identity, access, knowledge, and participation?
2. Are the policymakers, developers, and impacted communities aware of their rights and responsibilities to ensure data justice for everyone?
3. What are the existing legal frameworks on data protection and privacy globally and what steps should be taken to ensure there is data justice?

Connection with previous Messages:


9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Targets: SDG 9, Industrial Innovation and Infrastructure aim to build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. Our session discusses data governance which is a key component of innovation.
SDG 10, Reduce inequality, our session discusses data governance, data equity, and data justice that is aimed at promoting equality when it comes to access, usage, and participation of data.
SDG 5, Gender Equality, our sessions look at data justice in a way of eliminating all forms of discrimination against women and girls in regards to data.
SDG 16, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, our session on data justice that also looks at social justice is linked to SDG 16 that aims at access to justice for all and build effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels.


This session intends to share perspectives on how policymakers, civil society organizations, developers, and impacted communities have been able to move beyond just governance of data to understand the clear relationship between compliance matter of privacy and ethical design to enable them to prioritize gender equity and justice in terms of access to, visibility and representation in data used in the development of AI/ML systems. The session will be informed by incredible research findings around six pillars of data justice; power, equity, access, identity, participation, and knowledge, done by Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), AfroLeadership, Internet Bolivia Foundation, and Gob_Lab UAI, Adolfo Ibañez University Chile in Uganda, Cameroon, Bolivia, and Chile respectively. This panel intends to have a nuanced and interactive discussion on this topic with the lead discussants and participants. Participants will leave the session with greater knowledge of the topic beyond notions of political rights, and social and gender justice to social and economic rights and regulation of the respective speakers and we hope they will employ these lessons in their own research and advocacy efforts to redress gender inequities and enable people to exercise their rights.

Expected Outcomes

1. Participants' in-depth understanding of data justice from the perspectives of different communities and stakeholders such as policymakers, developers, and impacted communities (women, PWDs and LGBTIQ) in Cameroon, Bolivia, Uganda, and Chile.

2. A blog post highlighting the points and takeaways from the session discussions.

Hybrid Format: Not all speakers will be onsite, hence the facilitator will ensure that both onsite and off-site speakers and participants are given the same opportunities to engage or make additions to the discussions using voice and the chat functions for online participants. The questions from the chat will be read out to ensure the onsite participants are on the same page with the online discussions.
The session will have speakers who will be onsite and offsite take questions from the facilitators then during question time will be given equally to participants to give their thoughts, questions, or supplement to the discussion. Each of the three speakers will be given a chance to highlight the issues in their country based on the research undertaken then participants will be given a chance to give in comments, questions, and any additions through the Q&A or chat any onsite questions. The speakers will respond to the questions on first come bases but not whether the participant is present in the room or online.
We plan to use social media platforms such as Twitter, and Facebook, for the Four organizations who are part of this session, also speakers will use their personal social media pages to promote the discussions to the wider public.
We shall have a facilitator online and onsite to ensure all these participants are engaged equally, the speakers online will use PowerPoint with illustrations as they share their thoughts and findings. There will be a google docs link shared with the participants for notes taking and sharing relevant resources, if any.
After introducing the session, facilitators, and speakers to participants, the discussions will go country by country discussing the key issues bringing out the different perspectives, and highlighting the similarities in the data governance policy issues and practices. Then the floor will be open for questions, comments, and feedback from participants who will use the chat, mic, or speak for those participating from the onsite.
There will be a facilitator online and onsite, not all speakers will be onsite therefore this will ensure the interaction among all participants. We shall take advantage of the large screens on site to view the conversations online however the chats and questions will be read out by the facilitators.

Online Participation

Usage of IGF Official Tool.