February 17, 2021, 4:00 pm

Decolonising Data

During its Annual Strategy Meeting 2021, Digital Freedom Fund (DFF) will host a panel on Decolonising Data, as part of the broader decolonising process led by DFF and EDRi.

The “digital age” has brought great innovation, opportunity and connectivity. Nonetheless, a closer look at how data-driven technologies are built, used and maintained exposes how technology can reproduce colonial paradigms of oppression, domination and harm.This session will take a critical look at how data infrastructures centralise power while dispossessing and disenfranchising certain groups and communities. The session will also explore strategies that can be adopted by activists and organisations to push and fight for the decolonisation of data and broader infrastructures.

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  • 17 February 2021
  • 18:00 CET
  • More information and registration here.

Moderator: Sarah Chander, Senior Policy Advisor, EDRi

Sarah leads EDRi’s policy work on AI and non-discrimination with respect to digital rights. She is interested in building thoughtful, resilient movements and she looks to make links between the digital and other social justice movements.

Evin Incir MEP

Evin Incir is a Member of the European Parliament since 2019 and is serving on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, the Committee on Development and Committee on Foreign affairs. In addition to her committee assignments, Incir is part of the Parliament’s delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, the European Parliament’s Rapporteur in charge of the relations with Palestine and a member of the lgbti intergroup. She is also a co-president of the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI). The ARDI exists to promote racial equality, counter racism, and educate about non-discrimination in the work of the European Parliament.

Gracie May Bradley

Gracie Mae Bradley is a policy expert, writer and campaigner with expertise in civil liberties, state racism and surveillance. She was appointed Interim Director of Liberty in October 2020. She first joined Liberty in 2017 as a Policy and Campaigns Officer leading work at the intersection of tech and human rights, and subsequently spent two years co-leading the Policy and Campaigns team and advocacy across policing, counter-terror, and migration. Her career has spanned a broad range of research, policy and casework roles in the UK NGO sector, including at Room to Heal, Freedom from Torture, the Centre for the Study of Emotion and Law, and Migrants’ Rights Network.

Dr Seda Gürses

Seda Gürses researches on privacy enhancing and protective optimization technologies (PETs and POTs), privacy engineering, and software production. With the increasing infrastructural dominance of larger tech companies, her research has expanded to include studying current day software production and its political economy as they intersect with matters of social justice and computer science. Seda is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems at TU Delft at the Faculty of Technology Policy and Management (TPM). She is also one of the co-founders of The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest which explores paths to ensure that advances in digital technologies serve the public interest and institutions.

Yaseen Aslam

When Yaseen was made redundant from his IT job in 2006, he turned to the driving industry working as a private hire driver in London while he looked for another IT job. However he stayed in the trade and was one of the few drivers who worked for Uber when they launched in London in 2013. He first started organising drivers in 2014, which led to the first case in the UK against the gig economy in 2015 for the worker right in Aslam Vs Uber. Yaseen is currently the elected president for App Drivers & Couriers Union and is involved with drivers organizing in 23 different countries in his role on International Alliance of App-based Transport Workers.