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Data Ethics and Human Rights in the Platform Economy

The Association of African Universities, the University of Nottingham and the Ethical Data Initiative are delighted to invite you to the next Webinar in the Ethical Data Discussions Series: Data Ethics and Human Rights in the Platform Economy.

The event will take place on Tuesday 20 June, 2023 at 09h00 GMT (10h00 London time).

Together with a panel of human rights, data science and international development experts – and using the UN Declaration of Human Rights as a starting point – we will discuss what has already been done to identify and mitigate potential harms inherent in data collection and research, where the legislative gaps currently exist, and what we can do to protect research subjects in our own work.

The inaugural event in the Ethical Data Discussion Series looked at Data Ethics Policy in Higher Education and launched our Data Ethics in Higher Education campaign. Featuring a panel of data science, education and international development experts from across the African Continent and aired live on AAU TV, the programme examined the major challenges in data ethics on the continent, and why and how education might be the answer.

We look forward to some thought-provoking discussions with a range of experts and other key stakeholders, with a view to co-developing pathways to include data ethics as standard in data science education and research worldwide.

This initiative aligns with UNESCO’s focus on the human rights economy, the right to science, academic freedom, and international scientific cooperation. Through this and related initiatives, the Association of African Universities and its partners are making significant contributions to UNESCO’s Operational Strategy for Priority Africa.


Selemani Kinyunyu is a lawyer and development practitioner with a broad range of Africa-focused experience in policy research, advocacy and outreach, strategy development and programme management. He has served as an advisor on legal, human rights and rule of law assignments to the African Union (AU), East African Community (EAC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and German Organisation for International Cooperation (GiZ) among others. He is currently the Government Affairs Lead for Africa at Microsoft where he shapes Microsoft’s policy agenda in Africa to address regulatory and business priorities.

Dr Hardson Kwandayi is the Director of Academic and Institutional Audits at the Zimbabwe Council for Higher Education (ZIMCHE). Before joining ZIMCHE, he was the Director of Quality Assurance at Lupane State University (LSU) where he also taught Public Policy Analysis. Dr Kwandayi holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration (major) and Geography (minor) from the University of Arizona (USA).

As well as lecturing at the University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Open University, Dr Kwandayi coordinated the Public Sector Management Master’s Degree Programme at the Africa University. covering 15 countries in South and East Africa. He is published widely in the areas of public policy analysis, leadership, governance and quality assurance.

Dr Admark Moyo is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, where he teaches Children’s Rights and Advanced Family Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Fort Hare, South Africa, and Master of Laws and PhD (Law) degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr Moyo carries out extensive research on human rights law, particularly on the intersection between international human rights and children’s domestic rights mechanisms. He also supervises postgraduate research courses in human rights law at various academic institutions, including the University of South Africa, where he serves as a Research Fellow and Academic Associate. 

His publications have been cited and approved by national courts and authorities, including the South African Constitutional Court. Dr Moyo has been called to give advice to CSOs, governments and UN agencies on the rule of law, governance and human rights in Africa. 

Dr Judith Rauhofer is a Senior Lecturer in IT Law at the University of Edinburgh. She holds professional legal qualifications in Germany (Rechtsanwalt) and England (Solicitor). Her research interests include all areas of data protection, online privacy, data justice, electronic surveillance and technology law. In 2020, Judith advised the government of Namibia on its plans for a Data Protection Bill. She is a co-author of the Commonwealth Model Provisions on Data Protection.

Moderator: Kathryn BaileyEthical Data Initiative

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