IGF 2023 Town Hall #73 Intersectional Feminist Data Governance: Building Equitable

Issue(s)

Data Localization, Data Residency, and Data Sovereignty

Birds of a Feather - 60 Min

Description

Our session will delve deep into the intricate discourse of feminist data governance methodologies, positioning intersectionality as a fundamental principle. Understanding data through an intersectional lens, we recognise that gender, race, ethnicity, class, and other identities do not exist separately from each other but are interwoven and interconnected. This intersectional approach ensures that data governance models do not perpetuate existing inequalities but protect and benefit all, including the most marginalised and underrepresented groups.

In the context of the Global South, where historical, economic, and social disparities have often led to digital exclusion, we will explore how intersectional feminist data governance can safeguard the rights of minority groups. By creating and implementing data governance systems that genuinely reflect the diversity of user experiences and needs, we can strive for a fair distribution of data benefits and profits. In our research and engagement, we have seen the challenges that result in low engagement in the regional data governance mechanisms, which lead to the further disenfranchisement of gender data. The session discussants will highlight regional and country-specific examples to paint a picture of the importance of Intersectional Feminist Data Governance.

Moreover, we will look at the potential of these methodologies to inform the development of community-centric technology, which can contribute to the empowerment of marginalised voices in the digital landscape. Participants will engage in dynamic discussions, unpacking the nuances of these models, exploring best practices, identifying potential challenges, and brainstorming effective strategies for global cooperation and policymaking to promote more equitable digital futures.



1) How will you facilitate interaction between onsite and online speakers and attendees?
We will employ interactive tools such as Mentimeter, zoom polls to ensure both in person and online attendees are engaged.
2) How will you design the session to ensure the best possible experience for online and onsite participants?
The session will start with a mentimeter survey to get everyone to understand the session objectives
3) Please note any complementary online tools/platforms you plan to use to increase participation and interaction during the session.
Mentimeter
Zoom Polls
Google Jamboard

Organizers

Pollicy
Chenai Chair My Data Rights Africa Organizational Affiliation(s)
Patricia Adusei-Poku Executive Director Data Protection Commission - (Ghana)
Nadia Ahidjo Equal2030
Local Development Research Institute
Data.Org
GIZ Gender team.
Datasphere Initiative

Speakers

Chenai Chair My Data Rights Africa Organizational Affiliation(s)
Patricia Adusei-Poku Executive Director Data Protection Commission - (Ghana)
Nadia Ahidjo Equal2030
Local Development Research Institute
GIZ Gender team.
Data.Org
Datasphere Initiative

Onsite Moderator

Irene Mwendwa Pollicy

Online Moderator

Datasphere

Rapporteur

Nadia Equal Measures 2030

SDGs

5. Gender Equality


Targets: Gender Equality-5.1-5.2-5.3-5.4-5.5-5.6-5.a-5.b-5.c
Decent Work and Economic Growth-8.1-8.10-8.2-8.3-8.4-8.5-8.6-8.7-8.8-8.9-8.a-8.b9.
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure-9.1-9.2-9.3-9.4-9.5-9.a-9.b-9.c10.
Reduced Inequalities-10.1-10.2-10.3-10.4-10.5-10.6-10.7-10.a-10.b-10.c11.
Partnerships for the Goals-17.1-17.10-17.11-17.12-17.13-17.14-17.15-17.16-17.17-17.18-17.19-17.2-17.3-17.4-17.5-17.6-17.7-17.8-17.9