Digital Diplomacy
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Digital Diplomacy

Art from Hülya Özdemir

Bodies of data or“databodies”?

Art from Mathilde Aubier
Everydays: the First 5000 Days by Mike Winkelmann
Illustration by GlebGleb
  • Stricter rules on online mechanisms that have a potential impact on our real-world bodies. This could include any data collection effort that affects our bodily characteristics — e.g. facial recognition, emotion recognition, and other forms of biometric data collection.
  • Stricter rules on “digital experimentations”, understood broadly as all online interactions where information about our innermost thoughts, moods and feelings gets collected, analysed and modified — including some predictive products, ad targeting, and online persuasion architectures.
  • Better avenues, both legal and technical, to grasp how a certain data collection process could affect our digital integrity, how much data has been collected about us in the past, and who may have access to that information;
  • Alternative ways to opt out of a data collection process without any repercussions, as a way of protecting one’s digital dignity, and meaningful consent mechanisms in instances where data collection is justified and necessary;
  • Healthier sense of digital boundaries, especially amongst children and other vulnerable groups who are the most susceptible to abuse, both online and offline;
  • Alternative data governance models that enable users to store their data through trusted intermediaries; robust oversight channels, and well-resourced legal clinics that provide remedies to end users.



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Julia Keseru

Activist, writer, occasional poet. People nerd, cancer survivor. Interested in technologies, justice and well-being.