DAY 1: APRIL 17, 2019

9:00-10:30am    Advancing Human Rights by Democratizing Data 

Speakers will offer an analytical framework underpinning the democratization of data, 
interrogating the history, politics, and impact of datafication – and explore 
the potential of grassroots-led strategies to transform data into a language central
to the advancement of human rights.

10:30-12:15pm   Expressions of Data Resistance and Activism

Session will highlight resistance strategies spanning community-based monitoring,
organizing, education and litigation to subvert government and corporate control of data,
and demand inclusion and protection of marginalized voices.

1:15-2:45pm   Power of Community-Collected Data

Affected communities are taking control of traditional top-down datafication processes
by using participatory research and community-led data collection to define
and generate the data that reflects their lived realities. Panelists will discuss
how this data is essential to human rights advocacy. 

3:00-4:30pm    Can We Democratize Data? 

Panelists will take a deep dive into the need for data democratization. Discussions will
focus on issues of self-determination and data identities, data discrimination,
data deserts, and corporate control of data.  

DAY 2: APRIL 18, 2019

9:00-10:30am   AI, Affected Communities, and Accountability

The social implications of artificial intelligence as a tool to weaponize the poor and marginalized 
are widely known. This panel explores solutions to this evolving crisis of innovation, with 
speakers offering strategies to engage affected communities in confronting algorithmic bias and
pushing for an accountability framework. 

10:45-12:15pm   Pushing Boundaries: Data as Art and Evidence

Data is more than just numbers. Speakers will share creative tactics and strategies to
push the boundaries of what encompasses data – with community-led initiatives defining
data as art and evidence essential for justice, healing, and liberation. 

1:15-2:45pm   Democratizing Data Analysis

Organizations and institutions are increasingly partnering with marginalized communities to
leverage existing data sets and deploy open data to demand accountability for human rights
violations. Panelists will highlight strategies of transforming data into something
accessible, understandable and transparent.

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