Data Colonialism

2017 Symposium

Nathaniel Raymond

2017 Symposium

July 10, 2017
Experts Workshop

Data Colonialism

A lightning talk from the Rights & Liberties session of the 2017 Experts Workshop given by Nathaniel Raymond (The Signal Program on Human Security and Technology, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative).

This talk looks at how current uses of Artificial Intelligence are helping spawn a culture of data colonialism. Data Colonialism is when the technological solutions of the Global North are imposed to solve “other people’s problems” in the Global South, often without the informed consent of the communities’ whose “problems” are ostensibly the subject of the intervention. How do we define Data Colonialism and seek to address it when applying AI to the problem space of human rights, humanitarian aid, and economic development?

Topics
Rights & Liberties