A critical approach to data with an emphasis on open data.
By caroline kuhn
A critical approach to data with an emphasis on open data. Feb 10, 2021
Valentina Bazzarin in approaching data ethics from a feminist and activist perspective
Valentina Bazzarin is a clinical psychologist from the university of bologna, she now works as a freelance analyst, strategist, consultant and external expert. She has a multidisciplinary background and a transdisciplinary approach to research and data management. This, she told me, is in part because she had the fortune to study communication in a programme established by Umberto Eco. Her research interests are on data feminism and data-driven public policies.
Recently she founded ThinkTankPeriod, the first feminist think tank in Italy promoting advocacy actions and represents women as a lobby. She also teaches public and data ethics at different levels. She is part of the group of founders of the community of Open Education Italy and she is a supporter and a testimonial of several Open Education and Open Science activities. If that is not enough, Valentina produces since 2018 a weekly radio program called EcoEtico.
Valentina has a truly multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary way of thinking, knowing and working. She does so many things and I am very curious to know more about how she approaches ethical issues in the world of data and data-driven systems, as a feminist and an activist.
- Think Tank Period: "We come from different backgrounds and different cities (Bologna / Rome) but we share the desire to bridge the gender gap of our country through the drafting of new policies and with an inclusive language: feminism has taught us to think, analyze and share knowledge for the emancipation of the whole society."
- Unboxing Carovana STEM, an online campus that promotes STEM subjects
- Open data e risorse educative aperte (Open Data and Open Educational Resources)Experiences of Reuse Aimed to Achieve a Full Digital Citizenship Bazzarin & Martinelli https://doi.org/10.4399/97888255361645
Datos abiertos para construir un ecosistema de datos mas justo e inclusivo
Flor se unió al Open Data Institute como consultora en octubre 2020. Trabaja en iniciativas de acceso a los datos y apoya la investigación en estrategias de datos abiertos. Es también co-presidenta (co-chair) del grupo de trabajo de implementación del Open Data Charter.
Flor ha trabajado en diferentes roles en el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo en proyectos relacionados con datos abiertos, transformación digital, desarrollo urbano e innovación en el sector público a lo largo y ancho de América Latina. También ha trabajado como consultora para el gobierno de Buenos Aires apoyando el diseño de la estrategia de datos abiertos.
Flor cree que apoyar a las comunidades en acceder y usar los datos es crucial para construir un ecosistema de los datos mas inclusivo y diverso.
Open data and power dynamics with Mor Rubinstein
In this episode, I talk to Mor Rubinstein, a data activist who was born in Israel and studied computer science in high school. Her start in the world of Data began early in her life when she enlisted in the Israeli army in an intelligence unit, yes! There she worked with lots of data and she was exposed to the importance of being ethical with the data because the military, as we can imagine, holds immense power. In a later stage of her life, she lived in the UK and there she has participated in a variety of initiatives related to the world of open data and amplification, which we agreed is a better word than empowerment. Both see empowerment as having a patronising connotation, because, it seems that you give power to people. But we discussed that people have already the power, what needs to be in place are the right social conditions so that people’s agency can be amplified and enacted. So we are going to use the word amplified instead of empowered. She embodies activism from a feminist perspective and her overarching goal is to contribute to make the world a more just place.
Open Data for open governance and accountability with Luigi Reggi
In this episode, we talk to Luigi Reggi an incredibly charismatic, joyful and generous human being, eager to share with our audience his knowledge and expertise in open data and open government. Luigi is a public policy analyst with more than 15 years of international experience as a practitioner and researcher in the fields of e-government and open government.
His main interests are government transparency & accountability, open government data ecosystems, governance networks, and information management. Currently, Luigi works as an ICT policy analyst and open data specialist at the Italian Agency for Territorial Cohesion in Rome. He has been a member of the technical-scientific committee of OpenCoesione since its creation.
And he leads a wonderful project called Monithon, a civil society initiative allowing anyone to verify how EU money is spent, democratising knowledge at its best. We are also going to talk about the Scuola di OpenCoesione which is a fascinating project that integrates schools with open government initiatives. But I am not going to tell you more about a Scuola di OpenCoesione, let's hear all what Luigi has to share with us.
For those who are curious and want to know more about the things Luigi does I share some links below:
Open data for social innovation with David Selassie Opoku
In this episode, I am joined by David Selassie Opoku, an open data guru who has worked for the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Contracting Partnership, among many other jobs. He is a passioned farmer who is finding ways to combine these two things -technology and the knowledge and experience of the farmer- to create sustainable farming. One of the things David is very keen is to find ways to explore how to bridge the gap between the more technical knowledge and the so valuable lived experience of the farmers.