Monday, June 17th, 2019

Introducing Good Data: Another Digital World is Possible

Dr. Angela Daly from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Dr. Monique Mann from Queensland University of Technology will visit the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) to share an overview of their Good Data Project. ABSTRACT In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in the collection, aggregation, and automated analysis of information by government and private actors. In response to this, there has been a significant critique regarding what could be termed ‘bad’ data practices in the globalized digital economy. These include the mass gathering of data about individuals-in opaque, unethical, and at times illegal ways-and the increased use of that data in unaccountable and discriminatory forms of algorithmic decision-making. Moving away from the strong body of critique of these pervasive ‘bad data’ practices by both governments and private actors in the globalized digital economy, the Good Data Project is an interdisciplinary academic-activist endeavor which aims to paint an alternative, more optimistic but still pragmatic picture of the data field future(s). This presentation will provide an overview of the Good Data Project, explaining what we mean by ‘Good Data’, giving an overview of our work to date (including the production of the open access ‘Good Data’ edited book with the Institute of Network Cultures) and where our work is now going, looking particularly at the role of law and ethics approaches to addressing bad data practices. SHORT BIOS Dr. Angela Daly is a socio-legal scholar of the regulation of new technologies. She is currently based in the Chinese University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and holds adjunct positions at Queensland University of Technology and Tilburg University. She is the author of Socio-Legal Aspects of the 3D Printing Revolution (Palgrave 2016) and Private Power, Online Information Flows and EU Law: Mind the Gap (Hart 2016), and co-editor of Good Data (Institute of Network Cultures 2019). Dr. Monique Mann is the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Technology and Regulation at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. She is an Adjunct Researcher with the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Centre at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Dr. Mann is advancing a program of socio-legal research on the intersecting topics of algorithmic justice, police technology, surveillance, and transnational online policing. She is the author of ‘Politicising and Policing Organised Crime‘ (Routledge, 2019), co-author of ‘Biometrics, Crime, and Security‘ (Routledge, 2018), and co-editor of ‘Good Data‘ (Institute of Network Cultures, 2019).
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time:

12PM - 1PM

location:
T233, Tai Fung building, City University of Macau

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Information Sharing Session on Health, Technology, and Data Research

United Nations University institute on Computing and Society(UNU-CS) will host an open information sharing session with University of Macau, City University of Macau, and the UNU International Institute for Global Health(UNU-IIGH), on “Health, Technology, and Data” research on March 27. Researchers from these institutions will share their research work on the confluence of health and technology and on leveraging the data revolution for the realization of the sustainable development imperatives on health and wellbeing (SDG3). The information session is part of an initial interaction between these organizations towards exploring further research engagement and potential collaboration. Agenda 15:00 – 15:45 Presentations • Medshare: A novel hybrid cloud for medical resource sharing among autonomous healthcare providers Yilong Yang, University of Macau – Department of software engineering • Data sharing and social sensemaking in personal health informatics towards SDG3 health and wellbeing Mamello Thinyane, United Nations University institute on Computing and Society • The inevitability of mobile self-management of health and its demanding connection to the community Jacky Ho, City University of Macau – Department of innovative social work / Macau healthy lifestyle research center
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time:

3PM - 3:45PM

location:
T233, Tai Fung building, City University of Macau

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Launch | EQUALSinTech: Taking Stock of the State of Gender Digital Equality – Launch of EQUALS Research Group’s Inaugural Report

REGISTER NOW to take part in driving evidence-based actions to close the gender digital gap. Date:                      Friday, 15 March 2019 Time:                     1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Venue:                  Express Bar, GA Building, United Nations Headquarter, New York Registration:     http://bit.ly/equalsreportlaunch  Agenda 12:45 – 1:15 Registration 1:15 – 1:20 Welcome Ursula Wynhoven, International Telecommunication Union Representative to the United Nations in New York 1:20 – 1:30 Opening Remarks Minister Alejandro Verdier, Deputy Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations Robert Kayinamura, Charge d’Affaiers & First Counsellor, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations 1:30 – 1:40 Presentation on EQUALS Inaugural Report on Gender Digital Equality Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS 1:40 – 2:25 Panel Discussion on Amplifying Data-Driven and Evidence-Based Actions to Close Gender Digital Gap Claire Sibthorpe, Head of Connected Women Programme, GSMA Robin Ogilvy, Permanent Observer and Special Representative of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Gitanjali Swamy, Managing Partner, IoTask Valerie Barr, Chair of Computer Science; Jean E. Sammet Professor of Computer Science, Mount Holyoke College, Computer Science Dept. Moderator: Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS 2:25 – 2:30 Symbolic Presentation of the Report and Wrap Up Michael L. Best, Associate Professor, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs; College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology Araba Sey, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS The Research Group under the EQUALS Partnership will be launching its inaugural report that offers an overarching global outlook on the state of women and girls’ access, skills and leadership across multiple areas of the digital age. The report, Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills, and Leadership, highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies. It also presents a compilation of case studies written by more than 25 leading experts and researchers that tell the story of how technology impacts women and girls in various contexts, including jobs and wages, security and privacy, cyber threats, and new technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI). The launch will showcase the key findings of the EQUALS Research Group’s inaugural report and highlight the importance of data-driven and evidence-based actions by all relevant stakeholders including government officials, policy-makers, business leaders, civil society actors, and academia. The launch will feature expert panelists to discuss the state of gender digital equality in the world today. The launch will be held during the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63 2019). Event page on UNU-CS: https://cs.unu.edu/events/equalsreportlaunch Registration page: http://bit.ly/equalsreportlaunch REGISTER NOW
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time:

1:15PM - 2:45PM

location:
Express Bar, GA Building, United Nations Headquarter, New York

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Conference | Code 8.7 Using Computational Science and AI to End Modern Slavery

UNU-CS Principal Research Fellow, Hannah Thinyane, will participate in the Code 8.7 conference, which will bring the computational research and artificial intelligence (AI) communities together with those working to achieve Target 8.7 of the Sustainable Development Goals. SDG Target 8.7: Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms Code 8.7 will use innovative sessions to develop “technology pipelines” providing deployable tools and techniques grounded in the real experiences of anti-slavery actors. The conference will combine policy and practical problem-solving sessions. Hannah will present during a session that aims to provide participants the opportunity to brainstorm how computational science methods might be better brought to bear on particular pieces of the Target 8.7 puzzle. Hannah leads the project on Migrant Technology at UNU-CS and one of its activities is the development and dissemination of Apprise, a technology to help identify victims of forced labour and human trafficking.  
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time:

9AM - 5PM

location:
New York, United States

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

Forum | Investment in Women & Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth

UNU-CS Principal Research Fellow for the Gender Tech Project, Araba Sey, will be speaking at an event that celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Araba will join the High-Level Panel on Investing in Science and Technology Education for Shaping Society’s Future. Araba has led the research on the state of gender equality in information and communication technologies (ICT) access, skills and leadership through EQUALS project. In the high-level panel she plans on elaborating the crucial key findings of the research and encouraging all stakeholders to accelerate actions to close the gender digital gap based on data and evidence. The high-level panel is a part of the Fourth International Day of Women and Girls in Science Forum, with a theme of “Investment in Women and Girls in Science for Inclusive Green Growth”. The Forum aims to cross-fertilize and harness the strategies, expertise and resources across the broadest spectrum of policy-makers, professionals, civil society and the private sector to move investment in women in science for inclusive green growth into the mainstream discourse, and to identify implementation gaps and co-create action plans. It is anticipated that this will spark sustained public demand for lasting political action within the United Nations intergovernmental processes and other international, regional and national fora. For more information about the event, please visit this website.
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time:

10AM - 1PM

location:
United Nations Headquarter, New York
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