Data and transformations to sustainability

Event Name Data and transformations to sustainability
Start Date 10 Dec 2020 7:00 pm
End Date 10 Dec 2020 8:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered accelerated adoption of digital technologies in many parts of the world and has enabled many people to carry on social, economic and education activities amidst restrictions of physical contact.

Against this background of positive contributions of digital technologies to resilience, there has been renewed calls for "data innovations" (UN SDG Report 2020) and for tapping into the potential of big data and artificial intelligence in a "data revolution" to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

However, the current pandemic crisis has also clearly shown how the most marginalised and impoverished people in the planet were the ones to feel its most severe impacts: they were less able to benefit from the use of digital tools, and less represented in the data used for decision-making. How can data innovations to support the SDGs be truly equitable, inclusive and empowering?

About Professor Joao Porto De Albuquerque

João Porto de Albuquerque is Professor and Director of the Institute of Global Sustainable Development of the University of Warwick. He is Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, and co-directs the Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities. João is a geographer and computer scientist with an interdisciplinary background.