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Data Ethics and Human Rights in the Platform Economy

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    Suchith Anand

    Dear colleagues
    The African Association of Universities (a University Association counting over 400 Universities across the African Continent), the University of Nottingham and the Ethical Data Initiative launched the Campaign for Data Ethics in Education. The inaugural event in the Ethical Data Discussion Series looked atData Ethics Policy in Higher Education and launched ourData Ethics in Higher Education campaign. 
    Data Ethics Policy in Higher Education was the first in the ongoing Ethical Data Discussion series, which aims to explore important topics and questions surrounding digital technology, data collection and data-driven research; highlighting the need for training digital practitioners in the ethics of their craft. 
    The next webinar in the Ethical Data Discussions Series:Data Ethics and Human Rights in the Platform Economywill take place on Tuesday 20 June, 2023 at 09:00 GMT (10:00 UK time). 
    Together with a panel of human rights, data science and international development experts – and using the UN Declaration of Human Rights as a starting point – we will discuss what has already been done to identify and mitigate potential harms inherent in data collection and research, where the legislative gaps currently exist, and what we can do to protect research subjects in our own work. 
    We look forward to some thought-provoking discussions with a range of experts and other key stakeholders, with a view to co-developing pathways to include data ethics as standard in data science education and research worldwide.
    – What are the main human rights issues in the Platform Economy ? 
    – How are basic human rights (as defined by the UN) embedded into current data legislation? Is there more to do?
    – With the recent interest in AI in the media, what do you see as the main issues and how do you think that this might impact human rights? 
    – What are the ethical implications of surveillance capitalism?  For example , automated tools being used to monitor, and manage workers?
    – What can researchers and data professionals do concretely to respect the rights of test subjects/ those whose data they are collecting?
    – How do we make sure there are proper governance mechanisms in place to embed values in all data ecosystems to protect human rights in the platform economy ? 
    – What governance policies and frameworks are needed to make sure digital technologies and opportunities are available for everyone and there are no monopolies created?  
    – With the increase in data intensive research, and focus on data law and ethics in general, do you think it is time that data ethics should become an integral part of the education curriculum in schools and universities? Why? 
    More details of the panel and how to register at…
    Best wishes
    Dr Suchith Anand
    Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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