Special Event: Fairness, Sustainability and Data for the Global South


Friday, October 12, 2018, 9:00am to 3:00pm


Harvard Kennedy School

Big Data, Meager Returns?
Fairness, Sustainability and Data for the Global South
A collaborative workshop


This workshop is based on the premise that automation will mean a different future, that delivers on the promise of economic development with social betterment through smart management of collective resources. The exploration of better governance models should expand the debate beyond privacy and include the understanding of data as a public asset - either as infrastructure or oil - and incorporate the principles of fairness and sustainability for the advancement of growth and well-being through the use of data.  


Harvard Kennedy School
9:00am to 3:00pm; room to be announced


The goals of this workshop are to enable a domain-specific discussion between a diverse group of experts about which data infrastructure could feed Artificial Intelligence platforms to improve Public Policies and local business in the Global South; outline the discussion from the developing country developing perspectives; and engage the workshop attendees with domain experts to foster future research and collaboration opportunities.


Welcoming remarks

  • Yasodara Córdova (digital HKS, IDlab, CTS-FGV)
  • Lorrayne Porciuncula (Berkman Klein Center)

Keynote; to be announced

Panel 1 -- Typology of Data

Which data can be explored as a common strategic resource? Data related to energy, water, road mesh, natural resources, for instance, can be considered apart from human-derived data. An underlying layer of information, essential to the setup of new business is fair. What domains are strategic and need more attention, regarding intentional data trading and extraction? Personal data, related to human interaction, health and vulnerable positions should be discussed in a separate forum.


Panel 2 -- Frameworks for Data Governance

What is the role of technology on the fairness discussion? What are the main architectures and possibilities for technological arrangements to create a basis for a data commons in the Global South?

Additional reading: 

More about the organizers:

Lorrayne Porciuncula is an affiliate at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. She is an Economist/ Policy Analyst on Communications Infrastructure and Services at the Digital Economy and Policy Division (STI/CDEP) in the OECD. Her work is focused on telecommunications regulation and policy, including issues related to bridging rural digital divides, connecting SMEs, convergence and digitalisation of the economy and society. Previous to her current position, Lorrayne worked, at the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development (ITU). She holds a Master degree in Development Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland.

Yasodara Córdova is a Senior Research Fellow at digital HKS. She is an activist, coder, designer and researcher. Her work has focused on technologies to improve the democratic process, using open data, online identity, and privacy approaches. She is currently a research fellow at the Digital Harvard Kennedy School, an affiliate to the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard. She has been part of several Ministries in Brazil, the United Nations and the W3C

For more information please contact Yaso Córdova or Vanessa Rhinesmith.