Graduate School of Social Service Associate Professor Lauri Goldkind, Ph.D., has published an article that urges social workers to recognize new data driven forms of inequality across individual, organizational, and community levels of practice.
The article, titled “Data Justice: Social Work and a More Just Future” appeared in the Journal of Community Practice.
The abstract is below:
As new forms of data proliferate, data are increasingly used as a tool to determine access to resources, levels of sanction, and vulnerability to surveillance. Although the use of data to implement systematically biased policy is not new, the contemporary primacy of data across core institutions imposes disproportionate harms on already marginalized communities. Activist-proposed conceptual frameworks informed by the notion of data justice provide a basis to operationalize human rights in an evolving technoculture. This article urges social workers to recognize new data driven forms of inequality across individual, organizational, and community levels of practice, offering concrete examples of data harms and of just data practices that embody transparency, accountability, nondiscrimination, dignity, and participation.