“Counting” is the condition of existence and care in the pandemic. Yet, many Souths are virtually absent from the narration of the COVID-19 emergency. This multilingual blog gives them voice, exploring narratives and consequences of the first pandemic of the datafied society.

Brought to you by the Big Data from the South Research Initiative, with the generous funding of the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, the School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University, and the European Research Council. Editors: Silvia Masiero, Stefania Milan and Emiliano Treré. To contribute visit this page (English) or this (Español).

[BigDataSur-COVID] COVID-19 and Non-Personal Data in the Indian context: On the Normative Ideal of Public Interest  

May 29, 2020

Even as activists and ethical technologists have been writing about and working on Personal Data and Privacy, the newer arena of Non-Personal Data (NPD) is very under-explored. What is the role of NPD in the face of a global pandemic like COVID-19? How do we deal with the possible economic… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] The case of the Solidarity Income in Colombia: The experimentation with data on social policy during the pandemic

May 27, 2020

The uncertainty of the pandemic has turned into an opportunity for the implementation of technological solutions to complex issues rather than an occasion to deploy coherent decision-making processes. During the social and economic crisis caused by COVID-19, the National Development Office of Colombia, set up an unconditional funding transfer system… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] La marcha digital de las madres de los desaparecidos en México

May 25, 2020

[EN] Mother’s Day is the symbolic anniversary for the Mexican desaparecidos’ mothers. During that occasion they protest and show their anger and pain in front of the institutions and national and international public opinion. This posts highlights their efforts to reaffirm the need for justice and truth during the coronavirus pandemic,… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] In Memory of COVID-19 in China: Various Forms of Digital Resistance towards Censorship

May 22, 2020

COVID-19, an epidemic that emerged in Wuhan city, has been always entangled with information censorship since the very beginning of it being detected in China. The Internet has witnessed a battle between censorship towards criticism and investigative reports, as well as supported various forms of resistance such as organizing group-documentation… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] Riesgos e incertidumbres en las aplicaciones para el rastreo de contagios (2/2)

May 20, 2020

by Javier Sánchez-Monedero (Data Justice Lab)[EN] After weeks of debate on the implications of contact-tracking applications to fight COVID-19, there is an urgent need to interrogate their effectiveness and social impact beyond privacy and data protection issues. The recent proposal by Google and Apple imposes a model of governance of… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] Riesgos e incertidumbres en las aplicaciones para el rastreo de contagios (1/2)

May 18, 2020

by Javier Sánchez-Monedero (Data Justice Lab) Originally published in El Salto Diario [EN] After weeks of debate on the implications of contact-tracking applications to fight COVID-19, there is an urgent need to interrogate their effectiveness and social impact beyond privacy and data protection issues. The recent proposal by Google and… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] Rescatar lo común. Redes de cuidados en España

May 15, 2020

[EN] Children from precarious families have been more affected during the coronavirus pandemic due to their economic condition. The organization of citizens through social movements has been extremely effective in showing the lack of public policies to serve the poorest families. [ES] Los niños de las familias vulnerables han sido… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] La otra epidemia: Los feminicidios que no se cuentan

May 12, 2020

by Teresa Villaseñor Antes del Covid-19, México ya sufría otra epidemia que durante el 2019 reclamó miles de vidas: los feminicidios. ¿Qué están haciendo las mujeres mexicanas para visibilizar la violencia de género en tiempos de cuarentena? English abstract. As the COVID-19 virus spreads across Central America, another pandemic remains under… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] The Russian “Sovereign Internet” Facing Covid-19

May 10, 2020

What does the Covid-19 crisis say about the Russian state’s digital power, and the challenges it poses to public freedoms? By Olga Bronnikova, Françoise Daucé, Ksenia Ermoshina, Francesca Musiani, Bella Ostromooukhova, Anna Zaytseva Originally published in French on The Conversation France on April 29, 2020, under a Creative Commons BY-NC… Read more

[BigDataSur-COVID] Surveillance in the Time of Coronavirus: The Case of the Indian contact tracing app Aarogya Setu

April 30, 2020

by Soumyo Das (Center of Information Technology and Public Policy at IIIT Bangalore) Covid-19 has brought governments across the world to the drawing boards trying to design efficient pandemic containment strategies. In India, while reports suggest that the rise in number of cases has reduced from exponential levels, the spread… Read more

[BigDataSur] The dilemma of making migrants visible to COVID-19 counting

April 28, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic requires reconsidering the relationship between data and invisible populations as a form of de facto civil inclusion. While most forms of data management of populations are problematic, under which conditions would counting be just? Annalisa Pelizza and Yoren Lausberg, Processing Citizenship research program, University of Bologna Stefania… Read more

[blog] I quattro nemici (quasi) invisibili nella prima pandemia dell’era della società dei dati

April 25, 2020

by Philip Di Salvo, Stefania Milan  originally published on Il Manifesto, 24 April 2020 Big Data e Covid. La pandemia sta facendo emergere fenomeni e caratteristiche della società dei dati che, in circostanze di emergenza come quelle di queste settimane, rischiano di concretizzare quelli che—fino a poco fa—potevano essere considerati… Read more

[BigDataSur] Beyond Touchscreens: The perils of biometric social welfare in lockdown

April 23, 2020

In the context of COVID-19, what are the perils involved by the perpetuated subordination of social welfare access to biometric identification? Silvia Masiero Gradually over the last years, India has introduced biometric identification of users in most of its social welfare schemes. One of the main such schemes is the… Read more

[BigDataSur] A widening data divide: COVID-19 and the Global South

April 3, 2020

COVID-19 shows the need for a global alliance of experts who can fast-track the capacity building of developing countries in the business of counting. Stefania Milan & Emiliano Treré The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping the world. First identified in mainland China in December 2019, it has rapidly reached the four… Read more