(Via Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University)

Invitation to a conversation on the Intersections between Digital Policy and Community Action.

On behalf of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University and the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University I am delighted to invite you to join us for a two hour, participatory conversation on the intersections between digital policy and community action.

The meeting will take place on 15th May from 2:00 – 4:00 pm in Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture, Two Central Square, Central Square, Cardiff, CF10 1FS. (The building entrance is on Wood Street.)

 

Please RSVP to Laura Seaman (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Harry Warne (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 10th May.

Every issue facing our communities now has a digital component, whether it’s the way artificial intelligence is changing education and the job market, how public benefits are distributed using opaque data formulae, or the need to understand data collection and storage processes to help people fleeing from violence. Advocates for vulnerable communities need to understand and influence the rules around the data collected on people in order to help people.

Today, civil society action depends on digital data and networks, which are shaped by digital policy. Civil society’s success requires digital policy that aligns with the sector’s values and priorities. And digital policy analysts and advocates need alliances with civil society leaders – from all domains – to help shape policies that serve the people.

The challenge before us: how can we build meaningful, action-oriented, and mutually-beneficial relationships across community advocacy groups and digital policy organizations so that expertise flows both ways?

We’ll be joined by Lucy Bernholz, Director of the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University, for discussion of why digital policies matter to civil society and why civil society matters to digital policy.  Participants will gain insights into the landscape of digital policy, identify areas of intersection with their own work, and offer ideas about mutually-beneficial ways to build shared expertise. This discussion is part of research for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation about the intersections of philanthropy, civil society, and digital policy and is intended to inform future funding opportunities for philanthropy.