New Research Project: Profiling the Digital State

iLIT is partnering with Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab and Cornell’s Citizens and Technology (CAT) Lab in a research agenda that looks at the practices and implications of digitizing/datafying state institutions and functions, on a global scale.

The project examines the role and governance of capital investment in products that carry digitization forward based on a fundamental set of assumptions about the utility, value and nature of data.

The first phase of the project will engage students in qualitative research including network analysis and interviews with industry actors, focused on how public sector “problems” come to be identified as attractive for digital solutions.

We will also be examining the content and efficacy of data protection and human rights compliance frameworks applicable in such use cases. iLIT Director Laura Bingham will be pursuing this research with Elizabeth Eagen, Deputy Director of CAT Lab, through a Digital Civil Society practitioner fellowship

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