New video: Data is an extension of our bodies

by Shraddha Mahilkar

We are thrilled to share a video produced by the Data Governance Networked, titled, “Data is an extension of our body”, which draws on our research work on bodies and data governance.

In data governance policies in India, as elsehwere, data is considered a resource that can be exploited by government and private players alike. But in reality, this data is so much entangled with the body that generates it or that it targets that the line between virtual bodies and physical bodies becomes irrelevant. In other words, our research shows, data is embodied and any harm manifested from this data is as real and tangible as any physical harm.

The growing reliance on people’s data solely has added to the suffering of people from the marginalised sections of society who are unable to fight the system. They are subjected to even more discrimination because of the technical glitches arising from digitisation and are in turn left hanging on the mercy of data.

Don’t forget to read our first paper Data sovereignty, of whom? Limits and suitability of sovereignty frameworks for data in India” authored by Dr Anja Kovacs and Nayantara Ranganathan in this series, to gain further insights into various data frameworks in India and why we need to change the construction of data for the protection of our rights in the digital age.

Find the paper here