Workshop: Human Data Interaction: The Future of Skills, Learning and Social Justice

Date: Friday, 7th February, 2020.

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DT. 

Workshop theme: It has been said that privacy is dead and that citizens should simply accept that sharing their data is the latest phase of capitalism: If we have nothing to hide then we have nothing to fear.  We are tracked everyday  store-cards, travelcards, applications on our mobile phone, cookies on the internet.But shouldnt we have a choice? What about those in society who are already marginalized  what kinds of skills might they need to make informed decisions about sharing their data?

In this workshop we will ask – how do we support and empower all aspects of society to function in a world where almost every aspect of our lives results in data trails? This might include questions around literacy, power, access to resources, and responses to surveillance capitalism.

Why are we running this workshop? The Human Data Interaction (HDI) Network Plus is a 3-year programme of supported workshops and funding, structured along a series of core themes related to how people interact with data-driven systems and the implications of those interactions.

Each workshop we run shapes the projects we fund and lets participants develop their ideas together, stimulated by short talks, with lots of opportunity for networking.  Each project theme has associated funding of 1 x 50k, 1 x 10k and 3 x 2.5k. So far, we have successfully funded six projects on the themes of Intelligible AI and Beyond Smart Cities and we look forward to funding a further 21 projects under the banner of HDI!


The Future of Skills, learning and Social Justice is the sixth of a series of 9 workshops where we will ask participants to tell us what ideas need funding and to meet others with whom they might submit a proposal. If you already have a project idea, are already working in the area, or would simply like to join and inform this growing cross-sectoral network then come to the workshop!

Organisers: Maren Deepwell (Association of Learning Technologists), Patrick Lee (Dept. for Education), Brian Hills (Data Lab), Ewa Luger (University of Edinburgh)

To book a place: Please apply with:

  1. Name,
  2. Institution/company/organisation,
  3. A short statement of why you would like to attend this workshop,

To: hdi-network {at} Bursaries for travel are available and places are assigned on a first come basis.

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