Data Justice in Practice: A Guide for Impacted Communities

88 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2022

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David Leslie

The Alan Turing Institute

Michael Katell

The Alan Turing Institute Public Policy Programme

Mhairi Aitken

The Alan Turing Institute

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge -- Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory)

Morgan Briggs

The Alan Turing Institute

Rosamund Powell

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cami Rincon

The Alan Turing Institute

Antonella Perini

The Alan Turing Institute

Smera Jayadeva

The Alan Turing Institute

Date Written: April 9, 2022

Abstract

The Advancing Data Justice Research and Practice project aims to broaden understanding of the social, historical, cultural, political, and economic forces that contribute to discrimination and inequity in contemporary ecologies of data collection, governance, and use. This is the consultation draft of a guide for impacted communities. It provides actionable information for communities who wish to implement the principles and priorities of data justice. In the first section, we introduce the nascent field of data justice, from its early discussions to more recent proposals to relocate understandings of what data justice means. This section includes an account of the outreach we conducted with stakeholders throughout the world in developing a nuanced and pluralistic conception of data justice and concludes with a description of the six pillars of data justice around which this guidance revolves.

Depending on their contexts, potential impacts, and scale, data activities may be carried out in a way that involves stakeholder engagement. To facilitate this process, the next section provides an explainer of the Stakeholder Engagement Process and the steps it includes—preliminary horizon scanning, policy scoping and stakeholder analysis, positionality reflection, and establishing stakeholder engagement objectives and methods. This section sets out considerations relating to internal community engagement (i.e. engagement within your community) as well as approaches to engaging external stakeholders (i.e. to inform or influence external activities). Additionally, it sets out considerations to be addressed when participating in externally-led engagement processes (e.g. where communities are invited to participate in stakeholder engagement initiated by developers or policy-makers). Finally, the last section presents the guiding questions that will help communities to address issues of data, digital infrastructures, and affected areas of civic, public, and private life, in relation to past, present and future dimensions of community life and in accordance with the six pillars of data justice.

Keywords: data justice, digital rights, data ethics, AI ethics, social justice, power, access, equity, participation, knowledge, digital infrastructure, human rights, data colonialism, decolonial AI, economic justice, data feminism, design justice, pluriverse, post-development theory, intercultural ethics

Suggested Citation

Leslie, David and Katell, Michael and Aitken, Mhairi and Singh, Jatinder and Briggs, Morgan and Powell, Rosamund and Rincon, Cami and Perini, Antonella and Jayadeva, Smera, Data Justice in Practice: A Guide for Impacted Communities (April 9, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4080046 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4080046

David Leslie (Contact Author)

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

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United Kingdom

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Michael Katell

The Alan Turing Institute Public Policy Programme ( email )

British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Mhairi Aitken

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Jatinder Singh

University of Cambridge -- Dept. Computer Science & Technology (Computer Laboratory) ( email )

15 JJ Thomson Avenue
William Gates Building
Cambridge, CB3 0FD
United Kingdom

Morgan Briggs

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Rosamund Powell

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Cami Rincon

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB
United Kingdom

Antonella Perini

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW12DB
United Kingdom

Smera Jayadeva

The Alan Turing Institute ( email )

British Library, 96 Euston Road
London, NW12DB
United Kingdom

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