International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW)



Workshop on “Digitalization and Education in the Global South”

The International Research Cooperation “Decolonizing Media, Information, and Technology with a focus on Education in Brazil” between the IZEW and the University of São Paulo will conduct their first common workshop.

The first Workshop will take place digitally (via zoom) on the 16th April 2021, 1-4 pm. Together with scholars and experts from different countries of the Global South and the Global North, we want to evaluate how Digital Technology systems and processes are already being, or plan to be, implemented in education in Brazil (and other regions in the Global South), and what are the challenges and opportunities of this process. Furthermore, we have the following guiding questions:

  • What is problematic about the implementation of digital technologies, e.g. regarding data trading and related (digital) exploitation of vulnerable and/or marginalized groups?

  • How far can digital technologies improve global digital justice in the field of education, e.g. by facilitating access to education for pupils and students in the Global South and thereby reducing digital illiteracy and digital exclusion?

  • What could/should be done in order to adapt international guidelines to the demands of technology users, educators, pupils and students in the Global South? How can they be empowered to become active agents, designers and decision makers rather than marginalised users exposed to data exploitation?

The questions raised will be discussed on the basis of short inputs (5-10 minutes) by the organizers of the workshop and by the experts invited. The outcomes of these exchanges will be collected for a report, which will also serve as a basis for the second workshop that aims to transfer the theoretical knowledge into practice.

Location: The workshop will take place via Zoom.

Date: 16th April 2021