The current era of our datafied society is still grappling with the effects of its first pandemic. In a race to represent it, our efforts to manage and report the crisis seem to be a numbers game for the most part. This data-driven approach by governments and public discourse has silenced many untold stories from the margins. To explore the pandemic from the perspective of individuals and communities at the margins in the Global South(s), we have with us Silvia Masiero and Soumyo Das.
Silvia is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics at the University of Oslo and one of the editors of the book 'Covid-19 from the Margins'. Her research is in the area of ICT4D and is currently working with Health Information Systems Programme (HISP). She is the Secretary of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) 9.4 Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, a member of the Association for Information Systems (AIS), and a member of the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D.
Soumyo is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Management at Emlyon Business School, France. He is also an alumnus of M.Sc. by Research in Information & Society program of IIIT Bangalore. Soumyo authored a chapter in the book which delves deep into the issues raised due to technological interventions like Aarogya Setu in pandemic management particularly in a society like India.
Link for the blog: https://data-activism.net/blog-covid-19-from-the-margins/