From 2011 to 2021, the Internet Democracy Project worked towards realising feminist visions of the digital in society, by exploring & addressing power imbalances in the areas of norms, governance & infrastructure.
While dominant approaches tend to conceptualise data as a resource, simply out there and ready to be mined, in practice the nature and impact of data and data practices are often embodied - with important consequences for how data should be governed. Find our key contributions to this important debate now all in one place.
Tripti Jain asks to what extent account aggregators address key criticisms of consent regimes today, thus facilitating and strengthening user consent and autonomy. She finds that while AAs represent some notable improvements, important weaknesses remain as further changes in the broader landscape, essential to their mission, remain absent.
Health Data as Wealth: Understanding Patient Rights in India within a Digital Ecosystem through a Feminist Approach
What’s sex got to do with it? Mapping the impact of questions of gender and sexuality on the evolution of the digital rights landscape in India
Informed consent – Said who? A feminist perspective on principles of consent in the age of embodied data
Fighting a pandemic is considered
a legitimate aim of surveillance under international law. But how to
make sure that surveillance measures such as those implemented to combat COVID-19 target the disease, or the virus, and
not people? And how to ensure that marginalised people, in particular, are not affected disproportionately? Find our research, other initiatives, and recommendations on this topic here.
Analysis, opinion and other updates
Although the digital age may have further deepened it, women have always been under stringent surveillance — whether by family, community or state. And this has shaped, and harmed, women’s lives in multiple ways.
This research project therefore asks: what
can be learned about surveillance from gendering it? And what do
these insights imply for the fight for stronger human rights protections
in the face of surveillance more broadly?
Latest policy work
In the age of big data, access to people’s health data gives those with such access unprecedented power to influence the governance of people’s bodies and lives. How can we safeguard patient rights in this context? Using a feminist framework, this policy brief by Radhika Radhakrishan provides 15 recommendations.
Informed consent — Said who? A feminist perspective on principles of consent in the age of embodied data — A policy brief
This conference is organised by the YP Foundation and Agents of Ishq. Dr. Anja Kovacs is giving a talk titled 'Keh ke Lunga: Data as an Extension of the Body'.
08 Oct 2021
This conference is organised by MediaNama. Dr. Anja Kovacs is a speaker on the panel on bodies and data protection. The panel will discuss concerns around data collection related to bodies, the deployment of facial recognition systems, and how data protection laws need to address these concerns.
06 Oct 2021
This event is the 35th Gender and Economic Policy Discussion Forum, organised by the Institute of Social Studies Trust in collaboration with the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. It is dedicated to understanding body politics through an intersectional feminist perspective focused on embodiment, as gadgets, technologies and media are increasingly becoming part of our bodies and policy and governance are more and more informed by ‘big data'. Dr. Anja Kovacs is a speaker.
31 Aug 2021
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