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Latin American visions for a digital new deal: Towards Buen Vivir with data

Milan, Stefania and Trere, Emiliano ORCID: 2021. Latin American visions for a digital new deal: Towards Buen Vivir with data. [Online]. Just Net Coalition and IT for Change. Available at:

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In this contribution, we explore the notion of ‘data poverty’ to examine the social costs of the first pandemic of the datafied society and identify critical fault lines in the dominant digital paradigm. We engage with Latin American perspectives and traditions, especially in the fields of popular education and communication for social change, to outline three key elements of a Digital New Deal: critical ecology, liberation pedagogy, and autonomous design. Taken together, we argue, these components can intercept and mitigate the new forms of data poverty visibilized and exacerbated by the pandemic. Subsequently, we mobilize the Andean indigenous social philosophy of buen vivir which outlines “a way of doing things that is community-centric, ecologically-balanced, and culturally-sensitive”. We elucidate the three ingredients of a ‘buen vivir with data’, namely the fusion of the social with the ecological question, a dialogic and participatory approach to decision-making, and a “localized, relationship-oriented” practice of community care and solidarity based on the recognition of ontological difference and commonalities. We conclude by illustrating how the notion of buen vivir can help us understand the present and collaboratively design a better future for the digital realm and beyond.

Item Type: Website Content
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Journalism, Media and Culture
Publisher: Just Net Coalition and IT for Change
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2024 11:36

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