For a few years Serendip has been engaging with clients on the best methods and protocols of collecting and sharing data collected on their respective beneficiaries. Connecting with the Community Foundations of Canada, Serendip agreed to bring to the first annual #CKX - Community Knowledge Exchange Summit a special forum on the "The Dark Side of Data" facilitated by The Engine Room.
The free and open exchange of knowledge empowers people, promotes accountability and sparks creativity. However, publishing and using data for social good can sometimes have the opposite result: cautionary tales are shared in corridors and back channels about open data projects that empowered the powerful, endangered the powerless, and generally made things worse while honestly trying to help.
The panelists included:
This session presented real life stories from the Dark Side of Data, and provided a conversation space for all those who wished to share their experiences of community data snafus, ranging from hilarious to perilous, with the goal of transparently learning from our failures, and empowering new projects with roadmaps on how to open and share responsibly.
Here are the slides from the presentation!