Web Science studies how society and technology co-constitute one another and impact society at large. The nature of impact is shaped by data and algorithms used in the design of the technical systems. Consequently, the nature of impact encompasses the issues related to data ethics and accountability of the algorithm for harm assignment. Further, the web facilitates rapid knowledge acquisition and makes internet users an integral part of the knowledge economy. The non-users of the internet are deprived of abundant technology resources which widen socio-economic disparities within and between the nations. Presently, the study of socio-economic disparities is western-centric. Hence, the web science community also bears the responsibility to investigate and address the socio-economic issues that arise when web technologies are used.
The workshop on Data Ethics, Algorithmic Accountability, and Digital Inequality in the Global South aims to contribute to the research on issues surrounding data collection, generation, analysis, dissemination, responsibility assignment for harm in the algorithmic decisions, and inequality in the access and use of information, all of them being relevant in a web setting. Our workshop focuses specifically on the global south, a term often used to identify developing countries, as the aforementioned issues are currently centered in the global north setting. This workshop aims to bring researchers from diverse fields ranging from computer science, philosophy, law, policy, and social sciences to discuss challenging problems related to data ethics, algorithmic accountability, and digital inequality. We have invited several distinguished speakers with their research interests representing voices of the global south.