[CODATA-international] How to protect Human Rights in the Digital Age?

Suchith Anand Suchith.Anand at nottingham.ac.uk
Thu Mar 2 09:52:45 EST 2023

Dear colleagues,

With data capitalism becoming an increasingly recognised concept, how do we avoid the pitfalls of feudalism and colonialism in this new landscape?

This article that myself and Kathryn Bailey wrote for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data  (GPSDD) on Digital Feudalism might be of interest.


The rise of Data Colonialism raises many ethical questions:

For example, Is publicly funded Earth Observation (EO) data now being used for the economic benefit and profits of a few Billionaire Vendor Owners and shareholders of a handful of big data platforms ? If so, why?

What is the impact of EO Data Colonialism for countries in Africa and for the people of Africa?

Who owns Africa Geo Data Portals?  What are the costs to be paid per year to the GIS Vendor Platform Owners by the Governments of all countries in Africa and citizens in a few years' time for accessing EO data and insights?

More background is available at


Join this webinar and panel discussion on “The Importance of Data Ethics in Research and Education” on Monday 6 March from 12h00-13h30 UTC .

More details at https://ethicaldatainitiative.org/2023/02/27/the-importance-of-data-ethics-in-research-and-education/

“The world has enough for everyone's needs, but not everyone's greed.” Mahatma Gandhi

It is  important that universities around the world build capacity in Data Ethics. Ethical frameworks in governance at all levels (from global to national to local) are important to protect democracy, protect human rights and prevent corruption.

Best wishes


Dr Suchith Anand

Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics | Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate




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