Not-Equal: Exploring social justice in the digital economy

Digital Social Innovation

Abstract

Not-Equal is a three-year £1.2m UK Research and Innovation Network+ project on Social Justice and the Digital Economy.

Method

Not-Equal aims to bring together and resource collaborations between academia, industry, government and civil society to explore and develop innovative responses to issues of social justice in technology design and implementation.

Takeaways

The project explores current issues around the ethics of technology, algorithm bias, and how to create fairer working conditions in the platform economy.

We have launched Not-Equal, a three-year £1.2m UK Research and Innovation Network+ project on Social Justice and the Digital Economy.

Not-Equal aims to bring together and resource collaborations between academia, industry, government and civil society to explore and develop innovative responses to issues of social justice in technology design and implementation.

The project explores current issues around the ethics of technology, algorithm bias, and how to create fairer working conditions in the platform economy.

Led by Newcastle University, in collaboration with Royal Holloway University of London, the University of Sussex and Swansea University, Not-Equal includes funding calls for collaborative projects and offers support for events and activities (symposia, workshops, hackathons, design sprints).

Not-Equal already has more than 30 partners including Google, the BBC, and the National Innovation Centre for Ageing based at Newcastle University, as well as the Trade Unions Congress and organisations such as Citizens Advice and Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE).

It aims to build sustainable networks across academic communities, such as social scientists collaborating with tech designers, partners from industry and civil society to build on areas of interest and foster new collaborations.

To find out more about the project, and their call for collaborations visit their website.