Working towards realising feminist visions of the digital in society by exploring & addressing power imbalances in the areas of norms, governance & infrastructure.
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
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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
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As the COVID19 pandemic spreads around the world, a range of surveillance techniques have been implemented widely to combat the virus and the tremendous new challenges it poses for all. Indeed, fighting a pandemic is considered a legitimate aim of surveillance under international law. But how to make sure that the surveillance targets the disease, or the virus, and not the people who may or may not be carrying it?
The question is important, as communities at the margins are often impacted disproportionately by surveillance: when it doesn’t take inequalities into account, surveillance tends to reproduce, and even deepen, their marginalisation, rather than leading to an improvement in their lives — even during a pandemic.
Through research and other initiatives, we have therefore attempted to understand how to ensure the interests of these communities are fully taken into account in any surveillance measures to battle the pandemic, and have made a range of recommendations accordingly.
While the surveillance powers of the Indian government and its agencies are continuously expanding, most people still seem to think that this is not something that affects them. If you have not done anything wrong, you have nothing to hide, right?
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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