Data science for bridging the digital divide and beyond
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Venue: The Alan Turing Institute, 1st floor of the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London, NW1 2DB
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About the event
The “digital divide” refers to the gap between those who have access to ICT, and those who do not. Understanding and bridging this digital divide, both domestically and internationally, is a complex multifaceted challenge. This workshop will offer a forum to explore challenges related to this topic, as well as how Data Science can feed into the wider debate. This workshop will bring together expertise in Internet infrastructure, social factors, policy, regulation, and economics – all with the goal of addressing the global digital divide and leveraging the positive ramifications of doing so through data-centric research.
The workshop will focus on bootstrapping a multidisciplinary community with expertise across these several domains, via a series of talks, panels and break-out sessions. Within the context of these disciplinary pillars, we will strive to explore the potential of Data Science to explain: (1) which issues and barriers exist; (2) how these barriers can be overcome; and (3) what challenges, risks and opportunities will emerge from surmounting them. We plan to identify important datasets and co-create a research roadmap that highlights key challenges, use-cases, and projects that explore the space.
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