Global Development (SIG GlobDev)

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Complete

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1605

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From data collection to provide epidemiologic analysis to questions about privacy and surveillance, data has taken up an even more vital role with the COVID-19 pandemic: reliable data is required for decision-making and for measuring the effectiveness of strategies to control the virus. In general, citizens look up to governments to provide that information. However, a mix of inclination to opacity on the side of governments and a mistrust on the side of the citizens can open up the issue to data activism. Building on transparency studies and data activism literature, this research explores a case study of data activism in Brazil, where a group of volunteers consolidate and structure COVID-19 data for open access, replacing a fundamental attribute of the state during a pandemic. Because of its urgency and impact, a pandemic makes us rethink the role of data activism beyond issues of justice, accountability, and social change.

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Aug 9th, 12:00 AM

Data Activism as Essential Service

From data collection to provide epidemiologic analysis to questions about privacy and surveillance, data has taken up an even more vital role with the COVID-19 pandemic: reliable data is required for decision-making and for measuring the effectiveness of strategies to control the virus. In general, citizens look up to governments to provide that information. However, a mix of inclination to opacity on the side of governments and a mistrust on the side of the citizens can open up the issue to data activism. Building on transparency studies and data activism literature, this research explores a case study of data activism in Brazil, where a group of volunteers consolidate and structure COVID-19 data for open access, replacing a fundamental attribute of the state during a pandemic. Because of its urgency and impact, a pandemic makes us rethink the role of data activism beyond issues of justice, accountability, and social change.

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