Sep 2018 25

Solving for data justice: workshop on the draft personal data protection bill 2018

Zorba the Buddha, New Delhi

This is the second edition of ‘Solving for data justice’ workshops, following the first one in Bangalore. The aim of the workshops is to bring activists and researchers working on social justice to input into the draft personal data protection bill and report.

The intention behind the workshop is to unpack what a feminist data protection framework might look like. Detailed explanation on the reasons for organising such a workshop is here.

The agenda is below:

10.00 - 10.30 ​Introductions

10.30 - 11.30 ​Situating our knowledge, examining metaphors
Whether it is ‘unlocking’ the digital economy, or staying with an uncontested notion of sovereignty, debates around data often turn on which metaphors and ways of meaning-making are privileged, and which are discarded. In this session, we will situate ourselves as people embedded in dif erent movements or disciples, and examine what common metaphors around data we and others use and how these serve or harm these standpoints

11.30 - 12.00 ​Tea/coffee break

12.00 - 01.00 ​Overview of the bill, with the help of scenarios
The bill is a long and the report longer. So instead of going through all the sections in the given order, we will use actual or potential scenarios embedded in the Indian context to illustrate how well the bill is capable of responding to these scenarios. You are welcome to bring your own scenarios!

01.00 - 02.00 ​Lunch

02.00 - 03.30 ​A deeper look at consent and other user rights, questions around ‘AI’/’big data’, government surveillance and enforcement mechanisms
Through a ‘bus-stop’ methodology, we will explore what the knowledge and experience of dif erent social movements contributes to debates around data, particularly around these four buckets. No prior preparation is needed.

03.30 - 04.00 ​Tea/coffee break

04.00 - 05.00 ​Outcomes and next steps
This we leave a bit open-ended. Depending on what the group feels is the best way forward, we will either work on a document with collective authorship, or see if the workshop itself was where people would like to sign off. Other ideas are of course also most welcome.


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