Datafication is a complex and profound process of social transformation. It affects the transformation of public services mediated by information technologies, the emergence of digital public infrastructures, the way elections are driven by data, the redesign of markets and platforms, and many areas of civic life. In addition to deliberative processes and elections, datafication accentuates democratic problems, such as transparency, due process and respect for citizens' autonomy.
Many datafication projects occur more intensely in the Global South, such as the implementation of digital civil identities, the emergence of new financial data interoperability arrangements, the provision of public services through ICTs and the use of software and platforms that allow focusing and segmenting the population in the execution of public policies through large databases and machine learning techniques.
Despite the Global South being strongly affected by datafication in democratic terms, there are few resources channeled so that civil organizations from the Global South can organize their work and influence institutional spaces responsible for formulating principles and standards for these new areas. Faced with this concern, Data Privacy Brasil, Paradigm Initiative and Aapti Institute joined forces to launch the Datafication & Democracy Fund. The fund is operationally managed by Data Privacy Brasil with support from the National Endowment for Democracy.
Non-profit and non-governmental organizations from the Global South with active engagement in activities around digital rights policy and advocacy.
Activities that strengthen the work of Global South NGOs on issues of datafication and democracy, which include (but are not limited to) research initiatives, policy analysis, advocacy, including, partially, core mission support. The selection process will be based on regional representation. We will prioritize proposals from organizations that work with, or are directed by, minority groups.
Lobbying activities, such as: proposing specific changes in the wording of a legislative proposal; calling for action or public demonstration regarding a legislative proposal; giving guidance to a legislator on how to vote on a legislative proposal.
Civil and non-governmental organizations registered in countries of the Global South (Global Majority) and capable of receiving international donations through private contracts.
The funding will be realized through international donations through private contracts
From US$ 2.000,00 to US$ 8.000,00 per subgrant
Through an online form from November 28th, 2023 to February 29th, 2024.
A dedicated evaluation committee, composed of representatives from the steering committee of the Global South Alliance (including Data Privacy Brasil, Aapti Institute, and Paradigm Initiative), will review and assess all submitted proposals. Between the two rounds of analysis, the applications will be submitted for discussion to a small group of independent experts, to ensure a greater transparency to the selection process.
The evaluation criteria include: a clear advocacy strategy, address a relevant political issue, and be connected to the problem of datafication and democracy. The Committee will also assess where the entity is located and where it carries out its work, as well as the quality of the proposal, if the objectives are well defined, if the activities are clear, if there is an execution schedule and if the proposal demonstrates the potential for real impact.