Published: April 2021
Author(s): Trebor Scholz, Igor Calzada

Image Credit: Artwork by James Seibold, Public Domain.

Public Seminar Journal

When COVID-19 hit populations worldwide, it became clear how deeply data practices are connected to democracy. One recent report, for instance, found a ‘data divide’ highlighting inequalities in access, knowledge, and awareness of digital health technologies used in the pandemic. The long-researched ‘digital divide’ is also a ‘data divide.’

In response to unjust data practices, we propose that the economic resource of data should be organized locally through data cooperatives.

Keywords
data, digital divide, data divide, data cooperatives, pandemic