Friday lunchtime lecture: Responsible data tactics for positive social change

Friday 28 October 2016, 1:00pm - 1:00pm

Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE

Friday lunchtime lectures are for everyone and are free to attend. You bring your lunch, we provide tea and coffee, an interesting talk, and enough time to get back to your desk.

Pollencount Image: Data visualisation of street trees by Intel Free Press (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The principles of responsible data are that data and technology can play an important part in effective social change work, but they must be used with care. People's rights to consent, privacy, security and ownership are important to keep in mind while collecting, analysing, storing, presenting and reusing data.

With that in mind, why is responsible data important for the open data movement? How can the principles and practice of responsible data be incorporated into open data initiatives?

Alix Dunn will talk about the foundations of the responsible data community, where it is headed and how responsible data tactics can inform considerations about what data is made available. She will take a look at how those decisions are made, and how intermediary organisations can help by building responsible data into their strategies. Alix will also look at different sectors that are struggling to understand the potential unintended harm that opening some data can have.

About Alix Dunn

Alix is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Engine Room, an international organisation that helps social change initiatives and other change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. She is a recovering researcher with a passion for applying creative solutions to difficult problems. She works on identifying data and technology techniques and strategies that can empower social change initiatives around the world to maximise their impact and make the most of their resources. She sits on the board of HURIDOCS, the Technology Advisory Council of Amnesty International, and the Advisory Council of the Open Technology Fund.

Watch live

There will be a live feed of the lunchtime lecture from 1pm on Friday 28 October.