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Data for Development Network Newsletter
October 2022
Welcome to the Data for Development Network (D4D.net) newsletter which provides an update on all network activities, including projects, blogs, publications, and the latest info on our regional and global initiatives. Please feel free to share with your networks.

Project Highlights

The Global Index on Responsible AI

The Global Index on Responsible AI website is now live! 

Visit our new website to learn more about the research to be undertaken in the new year to measure the responsible use of AI around the world in over 120 countries, as well as about opportunities for participation and upcoming events

Our news section is home to blog posts that provide additional insights into our work and events. The latest blog provides a summary of the most recent workshop on Feminism and AI from the perspective of the Global South.

Through this new website, we hope to engage with people from various sectors who may be interested in collaborating with us, who might provide some input into the development of key indicators, or who may simply want to learn more about the responsible use of AI. The website will evolve over time to display the work that is being developed by the Global Index team. Stay tuned!

In other news, we are hosting consultations in order to gain input from participants to support the development of indicators that will measure the responsible use of AI in the most accurate way possible. The measurement framework for the Global Index is currently being finalised, and will be shared on the project website later this year.

Let's Talk About Data and AI

A comprehensive data governance strategy – and a clear understanding of the complex system of the Datasphere and its elements (e.g., actors, norms, and data) – is critical for the effective use of data for development and to ensure present and future technologies generate benefits and well-being for all. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI), and other emerging technologies, powered by data, raise complex data governance questions, underscoring the need for transparency, accountability, and inclusive design. This is difficult when data-related decisions and their impacts may not be fully understood by governments or practitioners leading to adverse effects on desired development outcomes. 

To identify and address the data governance challenges that arise within AI, the Data for Development Network (D4D.net) and the Datasphere Initiative are embarking on a year-long dialogue via a webinar series to unpack regional experiences and shine a light on the trends, challenges, and opportunities coming out of the Global South. The series will kick off on 20 October, 2022 with a global framing session, when experts in data and AI will discuss why we need to talk about data governance and regional perspectives in the context of advancing responsible Artificial Intelligence. Register here.

State of Open Data Roundtables

In September, we announced that we were working on updating the State of Open Data publication. We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the second round of roundtables. The Education, Corporate Ownership, Land Ownership, Agriculture and Crime and Justice roundtables that will take place between November 2 and November 4, 2022.

RSVP below

Education: 2 November, 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Agriculture: 3 November, 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Corporate Ownership: 3 November, 2022, 17:00 - 18:30 GMT

Land Ownership: 4 November, 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 GMT

Crime and Justice: 4 November, 2022, 17:00 - 18:30 GMT

Global Data Barometer

The Global Data Barometer continues to be a hot topic at a number of forums. Dr. Silvana Fumega, recently presented a Lightning Talk at the Code for All Summit on the climate action module findings. The Barometer's findings on open data in Latin America were also recently presented at the America Abierta Conference in the Dominican Republic, and on 28 September 2022, Nicolás Grossman, Research and Data Lead on the project joined the International Day for Universal Access to Information celebrations in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to participate in a panel on “How to ensure participation and accountability in the digital era” hosted by UNESCO in cooperation with Open Government Partnership and Access Info Europe.

 

Resource Centre

D4D Network Resource Centre

We recently announced the launch of the new D4D Resource Centre available on D4D.net. The Centre is a growing repository of knowledge where you can now find over 500 resources to help academia, civil society, and governments work together to discover, manage, and use data for development. 

How to use the Resource Centre: You can search resources by filtering and narrowing results by area of interest, resource type, region, and source organisation. The Resource Centre is still in the beta phase, so if you have any suggestions and feedback about its functionality, you can leave them here. We hope this site will be used as a tool to facilitate research and inform public policy and debate on the application of data to address critical development challenges.

Global Partner Highlights

New report from Open Data Watch and SDSN TReNDS  that aims to improve the use of official statistics and is based on information collected from producers of official statistics within national statistical systems (NSS) around the world. The report is available here.
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development GPSDD, recently published the “Investment case: Multiplying Progress Through Data Ecosystems”. Find out how stronger data systems help improve quality of life and livelihoods.
The Datasphere Initiative released a new article on the concept of the Datasphere as a complex system, arguing that traditional conceptual frameworks and policy instruments are insufficient to govern it, and that innovative mechanisms and institutions are needed. Learn more.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) released the Broken Links: Open Data to Advance Accountability and Combat Corruption report that offers an overview of the state of open data against political corruption in OGP countries. The report uses new data from the Global Data Barometer.

Latest Blogs

A Systemic Approach to Data capacity Building: Perspectives from the Global South

The systematic building of data capacity across civil society, governments, and the private sector in the Global South is an increasingly critical component of sustainable development. This blog provides insight into conclusions and recommendations from a study on 24 data capacity-building projects funded under the IDRC’s open Data for Development programs in the last decade. Read more.

Datasphere Initiative and D4D.net partner on the data governance and AI webinar series

The Data for Development Network (D4D.net) and the Datasphere Initiative are embarking on a year-long dialogue and consultation via a webinar series to unpack regional experiences and shine a light on the trends, challenges, and opportunities coming out of the Global South, strengthening exchanges between the Global South and North. Read more.

Network Watch

Call for Papers

  • Our partners Centro Latam Digital are inviting paper and panel proposals for the 2022 edition of the CPR Latam (Hybrid) conference to be hosted on 2 December, 2022. The conference brings together academics, civil society, and public and private sector leaders from across Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss the key issues facing the development of digital infrastructure and information ecosystems in the region. Deadline: October 24th.

Publications

Opportunities

 

D4D.net - D4D.net is a global research alliance that works to strengthen collaboration across a broad network of stakeholders by developing and mobilising the knowledge needed to advance the ethical use of data to address critical development challenges across the Global South. We are looking to expand the pool of professionals & collaborators that work with us and have a range of potential positions available, both part time and full time. If you are interested in working with us, learn more about us here and fill out the form here.

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data - GPSDD is hiring for the following roles;

Senior Communications Manager

Operations Manager

Learning Manager 

The Datasphere Initiative - looking for a Communications Intern. The role is remote based in France (full-time). Only candidates based in France and enrolled in a French university will be considered. Learn more.

Events

International Day for the Eradication of Violence Against Women

To mark the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women, ILDA, together with Feminicidio Uruguay and Data + Feminism Lab, will be hosting the Data Against Femicide annual meeting on 23 November, 2022.

Global Data Barometer Lightning Talk at Code for All Summit 2022

The World Ethical Data Forum will be hosted from 26 October to 28 October. The Global Data Barometer’s Dr. Silvana Fumega will be speaking at the forum. The World Ethical Data Forum is the leading event for impartial and balanced exploration of the urgent ethical and practical questions around the use and future of data.

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