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Who is using our data identities?

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Somerset West Community Health Centre

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Ottawa, ON K1R 6S3

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While information can lift voices that are often silenced and lead to decisions that are inclusive, too often the narratives that are told further marginalize communities and people. The same is true of data.

Who controls data, how it is used or ignored, can have significant short and long-term consequences on the participation and inclusion of various communities.

Join a community conversation and workshop with members of a wide variety of diverse communities to unpack the issues involved when it comes to data collection and usage.

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Jamie Garcia has been an organizer with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition for 7 years. Jamie has helped to support and shape many of the Coalitions campaigns against Los Angeles Police Department's use of drones, body cameras, other surveillance technology. Currently she is focusing her organizing work against the use of data driven evidence based policing tactics such as predictive policing.

Amy Nahwegahbow is a Senior Research Advisor at the First Nations Information Governance Centre. She is Ojibway and a member of the Whitefish River First Nation who is currently working and raising a family in Ottawa.

For over 20 years, Amy has worked in research, policy and advocacy at National Indigenous Organizations. Her work has focused on supporting Indigenous health knowledge and ethical research practices to advance health policy and programs.

Tracey Lauriault is an Assistant Professor, Critical Media and Big data at Carleton University. Dr. Lauriault is a critical data studies scholar and social scientist working at the intersection of society and technology specializing in open data, geomatics and large data infrastructures.

Richard Sharpe has 25 years of experience addressing racism, harassment and discrimination in workplaces as an activist. In December 2017, he co-founded the 613/819 National Capital Region Black Hub to bring together Black parents and organizations to collectively address anti-black racism in areas such as education, policing, and mental health. Richard has a firm belief that “data can set you free” and form the basis of informed policy and program changes to address systemic inequities and structural racism operating within our governments and educational institutions.

Jennifer Ridgley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Carleton University, and a member of the Ottawa Sanctuary City Network. Dr. Ridgley's current research focuses on the relationship between state practices of border security and migration management, precarious immigration status, and migrant justice in Canada.

The conversation and workshop is being convened by journalist and human rights advocate Amira Elghawaby in collaboration with community partners the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, the Somerset West Community Health Centre and Fondation Acacia. This is made possible a community grant from The Digital Justice Lab, Tech Reset Canada, and The Centre for Digital Rights.

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