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Shifting power and systems change through data equality: an urgent ethical challenge and unprecedented opportunity.

Kristi Mansfield July 13, 2022

The need to address data and information asymmetries – and their resulting inequalities of political and economic power – is emerging as among the most urgent ethical challenges of our era.

The data age has redefined the very notion of knowledge, information, and power, leading to a greater reliance on dispersed and decentralized datasets as well as to new forms of innovation and learning, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML).

Data access is fundamentally linked to economic opportunity, improved governance, better science, and citizen empowerment.

This interactive fireside chat will discuss how community-led change and systems change is possible through cross-sector data sharing and collaboration and how it is being enabled to shift power asymmetries and bridge the data divide.

The community data sovereignty movement is quickly gaining momentum around the world and presents an unprecedented opportunity for us to all improve outcomes in our communities.

We will discuss case studies from First Nations and other minority or vulnerable communities that are leveraging the power of data-driven decision-making for self-determination, data sovereignty, and transformational systems change.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)

Meta Themes

  • Reimagine Systems


Power and Capital, Deliver equity and inclusion, Advance democracy

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Draw attention to the urgency and the opportunity of this ethical and logistical challenge, and increase the momentum of the community data sovereignty movement through collaboration and shared vision.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameKristi Mansfield
  • TitleCEO & Co-founder
  • OrganizationSeer Data & Analytics
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameStefaan
  • TitleVerhulst
  • OrganizationThe GovLab, New York University
  • StatusInvited
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