Following the publication of Data Justice and COVID-19: Global Perspectives, the Oxford Internet Institute is hosting a discussion among leading experts to reflect on the enduring lessons for technological governance following from the pandemic.

Edited by Linnet Taylor, Gargi Sharma, Aaron Martin and Shazade Jameson, Data Justice and COVID-19 is a unique collection of 38 essays from international authors, providing commentary and analysis on how countries around the world are turning to digital technology as a mode of governance. Since the book’s publication, we’ve witnessed a wave of proposals and interventions based on the use of digital technology: apps for contact tracing, immunity passports, digital identity credentials, biometrics, and so forth. But what might their widespread adoption mean for our societies and polities?

We have invited Dr Seda Gürses, Dr Michael Veale, Nikita Aggarwal, Dr Aaron Martin and Corinne Cath-Speth to join in a discussion about the implications of the pandemic for the future of technological governance. The experts will draw from their backgrounds in academia and activism, to discuss the implications of contact-tracing apps, data protection and privacy regulations, as well as biometric surveillance. The effects of these technologies will remain, even when the pandemic recedes. As such, we invite you to join this crucial conversation on the (post) pandemic ‘new normal’ of technological governance.

The organizers are keen make the webinar as interactive as possible while engaging a plurality of topics. We therefore invite registrants to share their questions in advance about the use of digital technology to govern both during and after the pandemic. What are your greatest hopes or fears for the use of data and technology in this era? What do you think is still poorly understood that merits greater discussion? Please email questions to