This panel, conducted jointly by Aapti Institute and ODI, will be anchored in new insights from both organisations’ work on participatory data stewardship. Participatory data systems are often communicated as an exciting and novel way to implement equity and justice in data governance – but what do they look like in action? The pervasiveness of digital technologies and datafication have also brought issues that relate to privacy, transparency and security to the fore. This brings us to a critical juncture – beyond rhetoric, how do we ensure citizens are placed at the heart of digital and data-driven cities? What pathways and infrastructures are necessary to enable an active participation in the collection and governance of data? The ODI has been working with the public to understand how patients want to be involved in decisions about health data, while Aapti has been looking closely at the ecosystem required to enable participatory data stewardship and what role various stakeholders can play in the process. The panel will explore how ‘centering of the citizen’ is practically interpreted, applied and scaled across different parts of the world, with a specific mention of the nuance required for Global South contexts.
Amrita Nanda, Aapti Institute
Joe Massey, The ODI
Philippe Labrecque, Independent Researcher