A/Prof Bosch panelist in Digital Impact workshop

11 Sep 2017 - 12:30


CFMS’ Associate Professor Tanja Bosch recently served as a panelist in a Digital Impact workshop, presented by the Stanford PACS’ Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Slum Dwellers International and the South African SDI Alliance, at the Guga S'thebe Arts and Culture Center in Langa.

The workshop, which was also attended by Lindiwe Sisulu, South African Minister of Human Settlements, focused on the increasing dependence of nonprofit organizations and foundations on digital data to inform their strategies, monitor their progress, manage their organizations and pursue their missions. Stakeholders participated in topics ranging from digital capacity-building, emerging data practices, confronting biases in digital data, and rethinking the digital trends that are shaping the future of civil society. The following topics were on the agenda, and A/Prof Bosch was a panelist in the Digital Dependencies session.

Possibilities and Responsibilities
A conversation about why nonprofits and foundations today should “assume digital” and how they can leverage the possibilities of digital data while navigating the new responsibilities facing civil society in the digital age.

Digital Dependencies
A panel discussion about the ways digital data and infrastructure create new possibilities for working across sectors and the new demands these relationships require. 

Data Collection from Vulnerable Populations
Data about vulnerable populations can shape policies and services that harm those communities when designed or implemented without their participation and expertise. This conversation will examine the challenges and opportunities in using data from vulnerable populations in an inclusive and ethical way in South Africa and beyond.

Inventing Digital Organizations
A curated round of presentations highlighting emerging organizational forms, collaborations, or governance models in which the affordances of digital data have inspired new approaches to working across organizations or sectors.

Considering Bias
A conversation about the role of bias in data and algorithms, the opportunities and limits of addressing these biases, and how civil society organizations should adapt to a world in which these tools are omnipresent.

Digital Civil Society and the Future of Democracy
An exploration of the emerging digital trends shaping civil society.

Images: CFMS lecturer Tando Ntunja.