Data and the Global South project stems from the fact that much of our understandings about the impact of datafication on social life emerge from concerns of and contexts within the West. However, the fact remains that by 2020, majority of mobile and internet users will be situated in the global South, a substantive percentage being of low-income youth with diverse needs, motivations and aspirations, much of which remain undocumented. This project calls for a comparative ethnographic investigation of low-income contexts across the global South. We are in the midst of applying for funding based on pilot projects launched in favelas in Brazil and slums in India. Will keep you posted.

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