Putting data justice into practice

Research ICT Africa
21 Nov 2022

A policy brief which RIA had managed and produced with IT for Change framed a session at the 2022 summit of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI). Hosted in Tokyo, Japan this year, the session on “Can AI be rights-preserving, ethical and still unjust?” engaged a multistakeholder audience on how practically the recommendations of the Data Justice Policy Brief recently published by the GPAI Data Governance Working Group (DGWG) could be incorporated into emerging data policy and governance frameworks globally.

RIA’s Alison Gillwald – who is a member of the DGWG – together with Dewey Murdick from Georgetown University co-led this work as part of the GPAI Data Justice project. The policy brief draws from two policy primers (on data and social justice, and on data and economic justice) that were commissioned by the working group. A senior research associate of RIA, Kelle Howson, was the lead author of the data and social justice primer, and also a co-author of the policy brief.  

These publications build on a substantive set of literature reviews and policy guides for policymakers, developers and communities and users published by the Data Justice project. The project aims to fill a gap in data justice research and practice and provides a frame to help policymakers, practitioners and users understand data governance more holistically in the context of equity and justice as they relate to redressing the uneven distribution of opportunities and harms associated with artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The purpose and content of the policy brief were presented at the GPAI session on Monday, 21 November 2022, by Dewey Murdick, while Alison Gillwald also contributed to a panel with Parminder Jeet Singh from IT for Change; Jamila Venturini from Derechos Digitales; and Tina Park from Partnership on AI.

The GPAI Data Governance Working Group hosted two more sessions at the 2022 summit, on “Unlocking data’s potential: Improving pandemic resilience via PET (privacy-enhancing technologies)”, and a session that will present a high-level overview of the advancement of three DGWG projects.