Special Event: Fairness, Sustainability and Data for the Global South [RSVP required]


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


L-150, 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 -- a 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 to include the understanding of data as a public asset - similar to  infrastructure or oil - and incorporate the principles of fairness and sustainability to advance growth and well-being through the use of data.  

RSVP required for this event. Sign-up at bottom. 

(coffee, tea, and snacks to be provided; lunch will not be provided)

Program schedule

Arrival 9:30AM

Directions to Room L-150

  • Enter Littauer via John F. Kennedy Street (map)
  • Once inside the buildign room L-150 will be directly to your left
  • The door is directly across from the trash / recycling bin

Welcome 10:00AM

Keynote 10:10AM

Session 1: Typology of Data 11:00AM
Considering data non-related to human-derived activities, such as those from energy, water, road, infrastructure networks, natural resources - which type of data can be explored as a common strategic resource? If an underlying layer of information is essential to the setup of new businesses, can its existence and maintenance be understood in terms of fairness? As we focus on data beyond personal data, such as health data or data resulting from human interaction, what domains should be considered as strategic and in need of more attention, regarding intentional data trading and extraction?

(panel discussion will be followed by open discussion)

Chair: Yasodara Córdova (Harvard Kennedy School)


Invited experts:

Lunch 12:30PM lunch will not be provided; but there are plenty of options in Harvard

Session 2: Frameworks for Data Governance 1:30PM
What is the role of technology on discussion around economic fairness? What are the main architectures and possibilities, or technological arrangements that can allow the creation of a data access layer for the development of Artificial Intelligence in the Global South?

(panel discussion will be followed by open discussion)

Chair: Lorrayne Porciuncula (Harvard, OCDE)


Invited expert: 

Closing remarks 2:50PM

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 at Harvard Kennedy School. She is an Industrial Designer, a Software Developer and a researcher. She has been researching technologies to improve the Democracy with the advent of the Internet. She researches Digital Identity and Citizenship, Data trading and data flows and Private Online spaces for political organization. Currently, she is affiliated to the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard and a Technical Consultant for the Center of Technology and Society at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (CTS-FGV/Rio). She worked as a Technical consultant to the UN, developing tools and platforms for civic participation in Brazil. She worked as a Web Specialist at the W3C, where she was one of the Chairs of the Data on the Web Best Practices Working Group. Yasodara Córdova is a co-founder of the Calango Hackerspace and was a board member of the Open Knowledge Brazil and Director of the Serenata de Amor Operation.

João Alcántara is a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) student at Harvard Kennedy School, where he is a Lemann Foundation Fellow. He is currently studying how to use disruptive technologies to improve the Brazilian Public Administration, as well as how to employ data science to design better public policies. After serving in the Air Force, he interned at the Government of Estonia and worked at Itaú Unibanco, Latin America’s largest bank, where he used machine learning to solve business problems in the financial sector. He holds a degree in aeronautical engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA).

For more information please contact Yaso Córdova or Vanessa Rhinesmith.

detailed_workshop_program.pdf1.12 MB
20181012_primavera_de_filippi_cnrs_frameworks_for_data_governance.pdf32.79 MB
20181012_elizabeth_christoforetti_supernormal_civic_frameworks.pdf6.5 MB
20181012_feliper_heuser_bkc_data_fairness_sustainability.pdf1.59 MB
20181012_susan_ariel_aaronson_cigi_data_trade_development.pdf4.44 MB
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