EPSRC NetworkPlus on Social Justice through the Digital Economy

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Computing

Abstract

Technological advances in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, have already given rise to extensive socio-economic transformation and new and emerging technologies, such as distributed ledgers and the Internet of Things, are set to further revolutionise the information and service economy, and public services. Yet, technological innovation has the potential to also dis-benefit the most vulnerable, amplify existing forms of injustice and create new forms of exclusion in socio-economic life, thus further exacerbate socio-economic inequality and social division.

That the whole of society benefits from progress in the Digital Economy is national priority, both morally and economically as those who are most vulnerable have the greatest need of opportunities for socio-economic participation. Taking a Social Justice approach, this NetworkPlus focuses on how the design of new and emerging technologies in the Digital Economy, and their application, can empower, emancipate and more equitably distribute opportunities for economic development to all citizens, consumers and employees. This EPSRC NetworkPlus: Social Justice through the Digital Economy aims to bring together and resource partners from academia, industry, government and civil society to understand, explore and respond, together, to the potential of new and emerging technologies to make the UK socio-economic life fairer for all.

The NetworksPlus activities will focus on three challenge areas: Algorithmic Social Justice; Digital Security for All; Fairer Futures for Businesses and Workforces.

Algorithmic Social Justice examines fairness in the design and application of AI algorithms in automated and semi-automated decision-making processes. It asks how can large data sets be classified and interpreted to inform, for example, care or health interventions programs or city planning and how can AI algorithms be made less opaque and criteria used to design them fairer and transparent.

Digital Security for All investigates new and better ways to model digital security that increase people's sense of agency, while meeting their security needs and protection of assets in public and commercial online service delivery. For example, this challenge area asks in what ways can online services be designed to better support people's sense of agency and trust, while assuring security in sharing personal data online.

Fairer Futures for Businesses and Workforces considers how new 'sharing economy' platforms can be designed to realise more ethical business models and equal opportunities for economic development. For example, this theme asks what platforms can be designed to support peer-to-peer markets places that cater for those who have little or no assets; and what are the implications for a fair workforce representation in the digital era.

The NetworkPlus will enable new ways to support effective collaborations between academic and non-academic communities and organisations through a range of activities, including a curated series on events in the three thematic priorities and an innovative and more directed process of project commissioning. The NetworkPlus will deliver curated events and activities-including symposia, hands-on workshops, theory-hacks and design and development sprints, aiming to increase capacity, upskilling and foster trans-disciplinary dialogue, knowledge exchange between academic and non-academic communities as well as. The NetworkPlus will deliver a novel curated commissioning process of activities designed to support EPS doctoral researchers and Early Career Researchers developing impactful project proposals in partnership with industry, government, third sector and civil society.

Planned Impact

The beneficiaries of our NetworkPlus: Social Justice through the Digital Economy NetworkPlus are social justice clients (e.g. Charities, National Government bodies and Local Authorities), technology and digital service providers (e.g. SMEs, National and Global Corporations) as well as (formally) un-constituted groups and organizations currently at the margins or altogether excluded from participation in technological innovation and opportunities for socio-economic growth and development (youth, adults with complex needs, aging population, low paid workers, etc.). The NetworkPlus brings value to its beneficiaries through its activities and outputs as follows.

(i) Public, private and third sector organisations and their service users will be able to explore the real-world problems they currently face within each identified challenge area with other experts and organisations who have different expertise but similar concerns through NetworkPlus activities (Symposia, and Open Event Program's Workshops, Theory Hacks and Design and Development Sprints);

(ii) Public, private and third sector organisations and their service users will benefit from participating in pilot /micro projects that directly responds to the specific challenges they face within each identified challenge area: e.g. qualitative studies to better understand issues of fairness in algorithm design and its applications; frameworks for the design and application of AI algorithms within a social justice framework; rapid prototyping and testing of novel and emerging technologies and/or the reconfiguration of existing technologies that applies social justice principles in automated decision-making or that create spaces for agency and trust in online services; new insights to inform policy recommendations for fairer business models and workforce representation in the digital economy.

(iii) NetworkPlus partners not directly involved in a micro/pilot project will benefit from NetworkPlus projects outputs (all with open IP), through our dissemination activities and through NetworkPlus parterns who will advocate and disseminate outputs to their own external networks.

(iv) Through our commissioned policy papers from all projects outputs, the NetworkPlus will benefit and contribute to the ongoing work of advocacy organizations, think tank and regulatory bodies working in each identified challenge area.

(v) Youth groups, primary and secondary school pupils will benefit from the NetworkPlus Youth Engagement Program. The pupils directly involved in our Youth Engagement pilot activities will benefit from spaces to both learn about the issues the NetworkPlus tackles and participate and influence digital innovations arising from NetworkPlus projects; the learning material that will be produced from the Youth Engagement Programme, will be then be piloted by 20 more schools (delivered by schools) with a view to a larger roll out.

(vi) Through our Project Assessment Citizen Panel and through our Community Champion engagement work, marginalized and underserved citizens will have a voice in shaping digital innovations that can ameliorate their lives.

Organisations

Publications

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Description Between Digital Platforms and the Deep Sea 
Organisation Royal Holloway, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Between Digital Platforms and the Deep Sea project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Yingqin Zheng (Royal Holloway, University of London), Shyam Krishna (RHUL), Indian Fishermen Association and Chennai-India (Community and Labour Organisation).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to examine the fairness of gig-work carried out via digital platforms in the south Indian city of Chennai among marginal workers who are traditionally fishery workers. It will identify fair or unfair practices resulting from the algorithmic control of work and its impact on working conditions. Specifically it will carry out interviews with former fishermen who have become delivery riders in order to find out: what social justice issues are faced by the workers, what are the fairness implications for platform design, policy regulation and workers' association. The researcher will also become a rider himself, thus adding direct observation and personal insights to the data. Photo and video diaries will be used to record the daily experience of being on the road, interacting with the algorithm, spatial navigation of the city and interaction with customers, as well as participant observation as a member embedded within the rider community. Research will centre on Chennai's active fisher community, whose existing marginalisation is due to several factors; the dwindling and uncertain revenues from fishing, the risks involved in work at sea and the caste-based nature of traditional fishing occupation.
Impact The team have conducted 27 interviews with gig workers and have written a report that will be sent to policy makers.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CinCity 
Organisation Citizens UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the CinCity Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Artemis Skarlatidou (University College London), Reka Solymosi (Univ. of Manchester), Schools in East London (members of Citizens UK network) and Froi Legaspi (Citizens UK).
Collaborator Contribution Civic InnovatioN in CommunITY: safety, policing and trust with young people (CinCity) aims to work with young people to understand the multiple dimensions of knife crime and help young people's voices be heard in order to influence a public health approach to the problem. Specifically, it will gain insight into how young people perceive and experience knife crime and how it influences their quality of lives. Using the Mental Models (MM) approach - used in Risk Communication - to understand their knife crime perceptions and issues of distrust, it will explore their suggestions for improving their safety, security and trust. Insights will be shared with the broader community in East London, police officials and the wider academic community. The project will collaboratively modify and co-design our Fear of Crime App (FoCA) to collect MM data from over 200 participants in East London together with their situational knife crime experiences.
Impact CinCity has hosted 8 engagement workshops with local schools and 2 networking events with local communities about tackling knife crime.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CinCity 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the CinCity Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Artemis Skarlatidou (University College London), Reka Solymosi (Univ. of Manchester), Schools in East London (members of Citizens UK network) and Froi Legaspi (Citizens UK).
Collaborator Contribution Civic InnovatioN in CommunITY: safety, policing and trust with young people (CinCity) aims to work with young people to understand the multiple dimensions of knife crime and help young people's voices be heard in order to influence a public health approach to the problem. Specifically, it will gain insight into how young people perceive and experience knife crime and how it influences their quality of lives. Using the Mental Models (MM) approach - used in Risk Communication - to understand their knife crime perceptions and issues of distrust, it will explore their suggestions for improving their safety, security and trust. Insights will be shared with the broader community in East London, police officials and the wider academic community. The project will collaboratively modify and co-design our Fear of Crime App (FoCA) to collect MM data from over 200 participants in East London together with their situational knife crime experiences.
Impact CinCity has hosted 8 engagement workshops with local schools and 2 networking events with local communities about tackling knife crime.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CinCity 
Organisation University of Manchester
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the CinCity Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Artemis Skarlatidou (University College London), Reka Solymosi (Univ. of Manchester), Schools in East London (members of Citizens UK network) and Froi Legaspi (Citizens UK).
Collaborator Contribution Civic InnovatioN in CommunITY: safety, policing and trust with young people (CinCity) aims to work with young people to understand the multiple dimensions of knife crime and help young people's voices be heard in order to influence a public health approach to the problem. Specifically, it will gain insight into how young people perceive and experience knife crime and how it influences their quality of lives. Using the Mental Models (MM) approach - used in Risk Communication - to understand their knife crime perceptions and issues of distrust, it will explore their suggestions for improving their safety, security and trust. Insights will be shared with the broader community in East London, police officials and the wider academic community. The project will collaboratively modify and co-design our Fear of Crime App (FoCA) to collect MM data from over 200 participants in East London together with their situational knife crime experiences.
Impact CinCity has hosted 8 engagement workshops with local schools and 2 networking events with local communities about tackling knife crime.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Co-designing a Sustainable Food Justice System with Blockchain Futures 
Organisation City, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Algorithmic Food Justice Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Sara Heitlinger (City, University of London), Alex Taylor (City, University of London), Lara Houston (City, University of London), Spitalfields City Farm, Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Gaia Foundation.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to understand how algorithms play into the production and distribution of food and will explore the possibilities for more sustainable and just ways to achieve food sovereignty and security. Specifically it will conduct an exploratory pilot project with urban agricultural communities in London involving a series of co-design workshops. The project will experiment with alternative configurations of humans and non-humans such as plants, animals and soil, as well as technologies and their infrastructures, with a view to distributing control of resources more evenly and promoting autonomy. An algorithmic approach to creating a sustainable food justice system using blockchain will be explored in a cross-disciplinary approach, drawing on methods from art and design, science and technology studies (STS) and computer science.
Impact Sara Heitlinger has delivered 3 workshops around the title topic and launched a website dedicated to the outputs from the project. Ruth Catlow has delivered 2 talks about the project at international events.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Co-designing a Sustainable Food Justice System with Blockchain Futures 
Organisation Furtherfield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Algorithmic Food Justice Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Sara Heitlinger (City, University of London), Alex Taylor (City, University of London), Lara Houston (City, University of London), Spitalfields City Farm, Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Gaia Foundation.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to understand how algorithms play into the production and distribution of food and will explore the possibilities for more sustainable and just ways to achieve food sovereignty and security. Specifically it will conduct an exploratory pilot project with urban agricultural communities in London involving a series of co-design workshops. The project will experiment with alternative configurations of humans and non-humans such as plants, animals and soil, as well as technologies and their infrastructures, with a view to distributing control of resources more evenly and promoting autonomy. An algorithmic approach to creating a sustainable food justice system using blockchain will be explored in a cross-disciplinary approach, drawing on methods from art and design, science and technology studies (STS) and computer science.
Impact Sara Heitlinger has delivered 3 workshops around the title topic and launched a website dedicated to the outputs from the project. Ruth Catlow has delivered 2 talks about the project at international events.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Co-designing a Sustainable Food Justice System with Blockchain Futures 
Organisation Gaia Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Algorithmic Food Justice Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Sara Heitlinger (City, University of London), Alex Taylor (City, University of London), Lara Houston (City, University of London), Spitalfields City Farm, Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Gaia Foundation.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to understand how algorithms play into the production and distribution of food and will explore the possibilities for more sustainable and just ways to achieve food sovereignty and security. Specifically it will conduct an exploratory pilot project with urban agricultural communities in London involving a series of co-design workshops. The project will experiment with alternative configurations of humans and non-humans such as plants, animals and soil, as well as technologies and their infrastructures, with a view to distributing control of resources more evenly and promoting autonomy. An algorithmic approach to creating a sustainable food justice system using blockchain will be explored in a cross-disciplinary approach, drawing on methods from art and design, science and technology studies (STS) and computer science.
Impact Sara Heitlinger has delivered 3 workshops around the title topic and launched a website dedicated to the outputs from the project. Ruth Catlow has delivered 2 talks about the project at international events.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Co-designing a Sustainable Food Justice System with Blockchain Futures 
Organisation Spitafields City Farm
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Algorithmic Food Justice Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Sara Heitlinger (City, University of London), Alex Taylor (City, University of London), Lara Houston (City, University of London), Spitalfields City Farm, Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Gaia Foundation.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to understand how algorithms play into the production and distribution of food and will explore the possibilities for more sustainable and just ways to achieve food sovereignty and security. Specifically it will conduct an exploratory pilot project with urban agricultural communities in London involving a series of co-design workshops. The project will experiment with alternative configurations of humans and non-humans such as plants, animals and soil, as well as technologies and their infrastructures, with a view to distributing control of resources more evenly and promoting autonomy. An algorithmic approach to creating a sustainable food justice system using blockchain will be explored in a cross-disciplinary approach, drawing on methods from art and design, science and technology studies (STS) and computer science.
Impact Sara Heitlinger has delivered 3 workshops around the title topic and launched a website dedicated to the outputs from the project. Ruth Catlow has delivered 2 talks about the project at international events.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Creating and Understanding CyberGuardians in Communities 
Organisation Northumbria University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Cyberguardians Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr. James Nicholson (Northumbria University), University of the Third Age (U3A) and The Old Low Light.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to support older digital users in becoming cybersecurity guardians (or 'CyberGuardians') for their local community and to organically train other older users in this practice. Specifically, it will train older volunteers (55+ years) to become CyberGuardians over several weeks through dynamic workshops that will inform them about relevant cybersecurity threats and how to counter them.
Impact James Nicholson has hosted 4 workshops to train Cyberguardians. These guardians have now hosted a workshop & awareness event about Cybersecurity for their local communities. This work has also led to James being featured on a Podcast and a BBC news item.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Creating and Understanding CyberGuardians in Communities 
Organisation The Old Low Light
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Cyberguardians Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr. James Nicholson (Northumbria University), University of the Third Age (U3A) and The Old Low Light.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to support older digital users in becoming cybersecurity guardians (or 'CyberGuardians') for their local community and to organically train other older users in this practice. Specifically, it will train older volunteers (55+ years) to become CyberGuardians over several weeks through dynamic workshops that will inform them about relevant cybersecurity threats and how to counter them.
Impact James Nicholson has hosted 4 workshops to train Cyberguardians. These guardians have now hosted a workshop & awareness event about Cybersecurity for their local communities. This work has also led to James being featured on a Podcast and a BBC news item.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Creating and Understanding CyberGuardians in Communities 
Organisation University of The Third Age
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Cyberguardians Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr. James Nicholson (Northumbria University), University of the Third Age (U3A) and The Old Low Light.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to support older digital users in becoming cybersecurity guardians (or 'CyberGuardians') for their local community and to organically train other older users in this practice. Specifically, it will train older volunteers (55+ years) to become CyberGuardians over several weeks through dynamic workshops that will inform them about relevant cybersecurity threats and how to counter them.
Impact James Nicholson has hosted 4 workshops to train Cyberguardians. These guardians have now hosted a workshop & awareness event about Cybersecurity for their local communities. This work has also led to James being featured on a Podcast and a BBC news item.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Different Explanations 
Organisation Royal Holloway, University of London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Different Explanations Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London), David Denney (Royal Holloway, University of London), Jun Zhao, Menisha Patel, University of Oxford and Entrust Project
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to come up with a set of recommendations for policies that will help to combat bias in algorithms and the lack of understanding around how algorithmic processes work. Specifically, it will investigate how policies on algorithm behaviour can be formulated to be fair in areas such as Policing and Social Housing. This project will identify who is affected by this problem and find out what they need, before going on to establish a set of practical criteria for policy-makers based on this. It will not discourage the use of algorithms in decision-making but will encourage an awareness that they are imperfect tools. A one-day workshop will generate a set of policy-based Use Cases as well as identifying the key stakeholders, what their requirements are and their level of expertise. It would also consider what other factors communities feel are important in the interests of fairness.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Different Explanations 
Organisation University of Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Different Explanations Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, University of London), David Denney (Royal Holloway, University of London), Jun Zhao, Menisha Patel, University of Oxford and Entrust Project
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to come up with a set of recommendations for policies that will help to combat bias in algorithms and the lack of understanding around how algorithmic processes work. Specifically, it will investigate how policies on algorithm behaviour can be formulated to be fair in areas such as Policing and Social Housing. This project will identify who is affected by this problem and find out what they need, before going on to establish a set of practical criteria for policy-makers based on this. It will not discourage the use of algorithms in decision-making but will encourage an awareness that they are imperfect tools. A one-day workshop will generate a set of policy-based Use Cases as well as identifying the key stakeholders, what their requirements are and their level of expertise. It would also consider what other factors communities feel are important in the interests of fairness.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Just Public Algorithms 
Organisation National Institute for Health Research
Department INVOLVE
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Just Public Algorithms Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Helen Pallett (University of East Anglia), Jason Chilvers (University of East Anglia), Dr Catherine Price(University of East Anglia) and Involve (led by Simon Burall).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to develop a practical response to pressing social justice issues presented by the digital economy, by researching the use of algorithms in public services in the UK and providing a roadmap for the responsible and democratic governance of these technologies. It aims to provide the most comprehensive picture yet of citizen responses to the ways in which algorithms are being adopted in and around UK public services, from welfare payments to policing, healthcare and immigration. It will map the different ways in which citizens are engaging with them and identify forms of public engagement that are not taken into account when decisions on policy are being made, such as public protests or community-led initiatives. Specifically, this project will co-design and provide a roadmap towards an observatory for algorithms and society, in order to improve democratic oversight and socially responsible development of algorithms in public services.
Impact UEA have hosted a stakeholder workshop for parties interested in the project and Helen Pallett has delivered a talk about the project at Algorithms for Her.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Just Public Algorithms 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Just Public Algorithms Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Helen Pallett (University of East Anglia), Jason Chilvers (University of East Anglia), Dr Catherine Price(University of East Anglia) and Involve (led by Simon Burall).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to develop a practical response to pressing social justice issues presented by the digital economy, by researching the use of algorithms in public services in the UK and providing a roadmap for the responsible and democratic governance of these technologies. It aims to provide the most comprehensive picture yet of citizen responses to the ways in which algorithms are being adopted in and around UK public services, from welfare payments to policing, healthcare and immigration. It will map the different ways in which citizens are engaging with them and identify forms of public engagement that are not taken into account when decisions on policy are being made, such as public protests or community-led initiatives. Specifically, this project will co-design and provide a roadmap towards an observatory for algorithms and society, in order to improve democratic oversight and socially responsible development of algorithms in public services.
Impact UEA have hosted a stakeholder workshop for parties interested in the project and Helen Pallett has delivered a talk about the project at Algorithms for Her.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Opening Doors: Art and Inequality in the Platform Economy 
Organisation NewBridge Project, Newcastle
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Opening Doors Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Harry Weeks (Newcastle University), Lucas Ferguson-Sharp (Northumbria University) and The Newbridge Project.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. Specifically, it will seek to develop practical solutions to issues of unequal access to the cultural sector through open forums for artists, and investigate where and how the platform economy meets the cultural economy. The project will address the entrenched inequalities of the cultural sector and thus advocate and work towards social justice in the sector. Cutting-edge research will be brought into direct conversation with the realities of artists in the North East.
Impact Harry and his team have delivered 6 workshops to the local arts community and are working to create a hub for artists based on the outcomes of these workshops.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Opening Doors: Art and Inequality in the Platform Economy 
Organisation Newcastle University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Opening Doors Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Harry Weeks (Newcastle University), Lucas Ferguson-Sharp (Northumbria University) and The Newbridge Project.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. Specifically, it will seek to develop practical solutions to issues of unequal access to the cultural sector through open forums for artists, and investigate where and how the platform economy meets the cultural economy. The project will address the entrenched inequalities of the cultural sector and thus advocate and work towards social justice in the sector. Cutting-edge research will be brought into direct conversation with the realities of artists in the North East.
Impact Harry and his team have delivered 6 workshops to the local arts community and are working to create a hub for artists based on the outcomes of these workshops.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Opening Doors: Art and Inequality in the Platform Economy 
Organisation Northumbria University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Opening Doors Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Harry Weeks (Newcastle University), Lucas Ferguson-Sharp (Northumbria University) and The Newbridge Project.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. Specifically, it will seek to develop practical solutions to issues of unequal access to the cultural sector through open forums for artists, and investigate where and how the platform economy meets the cultural economy. The project will address the entrenched inequalities of the cultural sector and thus advocate and work towards social justice in the sector. Cutting-edge research will be brought into direct conversation with the realities of artists in the North East.
Impact Harry and his team have delivered 6 workshops to the local arts community and are working to create a hub for artists based on the outcomes of these workshops.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Small Smart Farms 
Organisation James Hutton Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Small Smart Farms Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Leanne Townsend (James Hutton Institute), Rowan Ellis (James Hutton Institute), Simon Robinson (Swansea University), Jen Pearson (Swansea University), Scottish Crofting Federation and Smallholding Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to empower and more fairly distribute the opportunities of the digital economy. It will do this by creating a more inclusive approach for the development of Small Farming Technologies (SFTs), working with small farms to design prototype technologies. The project will therefore empower small-scale farmers who wish to embrace the opportunities offered by SFTs. Specifically it will conduct a participatory workshop with small-scale farmers to gain insights on the barriers and potential of Smart Farming Technologies for small-scale farming, and to co-produce ideas for prototype SFTs for use on their farms. This will include demonstrations of SFTs to encourage farmers to think about potential applications. The project will then undertake rapid prototyping of SFTs based on insights from this first workshop. These small-scale technologies will be trialled on farms to evaluate their effectiveness in these contexts before farmers are asked to give feedback.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Small Smart Farms 
Organisation Scottish Crofting Federation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Small Smart Farms Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Leanne Townsend (James Hutton Institute), Rowan Ellis (James Hutton Institute), Simon Robinson (Swansea University), Jen Pearson (Swansea University), Scottish Crofting Federation and Smallholding Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to empower and more fairly distribute the opportunities of the digital economy. It will do this by creating a more inclusive approach for the development of Small Farming Technologies (SFTs), working with small farms to design prototype technologies. The project will therefore empower small-scale farmers who wish to embrace the opportunities offered by SFTs. Specifically it will conduct a participatory workshop with small-scale farmers to gain insights on the barriers and potential of Smart Farming Technologies for small-scale farming, and to co-produce ideas for prototype SFTs for use on their farms. This will include demonstrations of SFTs to encourage farmers to think about potential applications. The project will then undertake rapid prototyping of SFTs based on insights from this first workshop. These small-scale technologies will be trialled on farms to evaluate their effectiveness in these contexts before farmers are asked to give feedback.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Small Smart Farms 
Organisation Swansea University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Small Smart Farms Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Leanne Townsend (James Hutton Institute), Rowan Ellis (James Hutton Institute), Simon Robinson (Swansea University), Jen Pearson (Swansea University), Scottish Crofting Federation and Smallholding Scotland.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to empower and more fairly distribute the opportunities of the digital economy. It will do this by creating a more inclusive approach for the development of Small Farming Technologies (SFTs), working with small farms to design prototype technologies. The project will therefore empower small-scale farmers who wish to embrace the opportunities offered by SFTs. Specifically it will conduct a participatory workshop with small-scale farmers to gain insights on the barriers and potential of Smart Farming Technologies for small-scale farming, and to co-produce ideas for prototype SFTs for use on their farms. This will include demonstrations of SFTs to encourage farmers to think about potential applications. The project will then undertake rapid prototyping of SFTs based on insights from this first workshop. These small-scale technologies will be trialled on farms to evaluate their effectiveness in these contexts before farmers are asked to give feedback.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Switch Gig 
Organisation Co-operatives UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Switch Gig Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion of this project. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Ben Kirman (University of York), Dr Oliver Bates (Lancaster University),Co-operatives UK, Miralis Data and Future City Logistics.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to explore the opportunities for the industry's technological innovations to be used to support workers, switching the current gig-economy focus to one of equality, just work, and power for workers. This will lay the groundwork for technologies capable of transformative change in the experience of broader gig-working industries. Switch-Gig will generate data, use cases, speculative design concepts and prototypes to demonstrate meaningful ways in which gig-working can be supported by grass-roots technology projects. These may take the form of projects that help raise public awareness, connect gig-workers to combat isolation, or provide access to legal advice and support.
Impact Oliver and Ben have presented at an international conference and published the proceedings (Halfway to the Future 2019).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Switch Gig 
Organisation Future City Logistics
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Switch Gig Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion of this project. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Ben Kirman (University of York), Dr Oliver Bates (Lancaster University),Co-operatives UK, Miralis Data and Future City Logistics.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to explore the opportunities for the industry's technological innovations to be used to support workers, switching the current gig-economy focus to one of equality, just work, and power for workers. This will lay the groundwork for technologies capable of transformative change in the experience of broader gig-working industries. Switch-Gig will generate data, use cases, speculative design concepts and prototypes to demonstrate meaningful ways in which gig-working can be supported by grass-roots technology projects. These may take the form of projects that help raise public awareness, connect gig-workers to combat isolation, or provide access to legal advice and support.
Impact Oliver and Ben have presented at an international conference and published the proceedings (Halfway to the Future 2019).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Switch Gig 
Organisation Lancaster University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Switch Gig Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion of this project. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Ben Kirman (University of York), Dr Oliver Bates (Lancaster University),Co-operatives UK, Miralis Data and Future City Logistics.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to explore the opportunities for the industry's technological innovations to be used to support workers, switching the current gig-economy focus to one of equality, just work, and power for workers. This will lay the groundwork for technologies capable of transformative change in the experience of broader gig-working industries. Switch-Gig will generate data, use cases, speculative design concepts and prototypes to demonstrate meaningful ways in which gig-working can be supported by grass-roots technology projects. These may take the form of projects that help raise public awareness, connect gig-workers to combat isolation, or provide access to legal advice and support.
Impact Oliver and Ben have presented at an international conference and published the proceedings (Halfway to the Future 2019).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Switch Gig 
Organisation Miralis Data
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Switch Gig Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion of this project. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Ben Kirman (University of York), Dr Oliver Bates (Lancaster University),Co-operatives UK, Miralis Data and Future City Logistics.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to explore the opportunities for the industry's technological innovations to be used to support workers, switching the current gig-economy focus to one of equality, just work, and power for workers. This will lay the groundwork for technologies capable of transformative change in the experience of broader gig-working industries. Switch-Gig will generate data, use cases, speculative design concepts and prototypes to demonstrate meaningful ways in which gig-working can be supported by grass-roots technology projects. These may take the form of projects that help raise public awareness, connect gig-workers to combat isolation, or provide access to legal advice and support.
Impact Oliver and Ben have presented at an international conference and published the proceedings (Halfway to the Future 2019).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Switch Gig 
Organisation University of York
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Switch Gig Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion of this project. This project is a collaboration between Dr. Ben Kirman (University of York), Dr Oliver Bates (Lancaster University),Co-operatives UK, Miralis Data and Future City Logistics.
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to explore the opportunities for the industry's technological innovations to be used to support workers, switching the current gig-economy focus to one of equality, just work, and power for workers. This will lay the groundwork for technologies capable of transformative change in the experience of broader gig-working industries. Switch-Gig will generate data, use cases, speculative design concepts and prototypes to demonstrate meaningful ways in which gig-working can be supported by grass-roots technology projects. These may take the form of projects that help raise public awareness, connect gig-workers to combat isolation, or provide access to legal advice and support.
Impact Oliver and Ben have presented at an international conference and published the proceedings (Halfway to the Future 2019).
Start Year 2019
 
Description Who cares? Platform Work and Low-income home service work in the digital economy 
Organisation King's College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Who Cares? Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr Wifak Gueddana (King's College, London), Dr Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde), Dr James Stewart (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Rob Procter, (University of Warwick), James Ravenscroft (University of Warwick), Filament Consultancy, Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation) and Miranda Hall (New Economics Foundation).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to identify challenges and opportunities for migrant and BAME women and other vulnerable groups using platforms in the gig economy. Findings will be shared with key stakeholders, paving the way for new technologies that will focus on equity as well as efficiency. Specifically it will shed light on 'invisible' labour in the platform economy, focusing on typically 'feminised' labour like cleaning and caring, that is done usually in the client's home. Use alternative online data sources and develop a methodology to engage participants who are otherwise difficult to reach. Create a cross-disciplinary research network including policy and academic partners.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Who cares? Platform Work and Low-income home service work in the digital economy 
Organisation New Economics Foundation
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Who Cares? Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr Wifak Gueddana (King's College, London), Dr Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde), Dr James Stewart (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Rob Procter, (University of Warwick), James Ravenscroft (University of Warwick), Filament Consultancy, Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation) and Miranda Hall (New Economics Foundation).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to identify challenges and opportunities for migrant and BAME women and other vulnerable groups using platforms in the gig economy. Findings will be shared with key stakeholders, paving the way for new technologies that will focus on equity as well as efficiency. Specifically it will shed light on 'invisible' labour in the platform economy, focusing on typically 'feminised' labour like cleaning and caring, that is done usually in the client's home. Use alternative online data sources and develop a methodology to engage participants who are otherwise difficult to reach. Create a cross-disciplinary research network including policy and academic partners.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Who cares? Platform Work and Low-income home service work in the digital economy 
Organisation University of Edinburgh
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Who Cares? Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr Wifak Gueddana (King's College, London), Dr Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde), Dr James Stewart (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Rob Procter, (University of Warwick), James Ravenscroft (University of Warwick), Filament Consultancy, Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation) and Miranda Hall (New Economics Foundation).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to identify challenges and opportunities for migrant and BAME women and other vulnerable groups using platforms in the gig economy. Findings will be shared with key stakeholders, paving the way for new technologies that will focus on equity as well as efficiency. Specifically it will shed light on 'invisible' labour in the platform economy, focusing on typically 'feminised' labour like cleaning and caring, that is done usually in the client's home. Use alternative online data sources and develop a methodology to engage participants who are otherwise difficult to reach. Create a cross-disciplinary research network including policy and academic partners.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Who cares? Platform Work and Low-income home service work in the digital economy 
Organisation University of Strathclyde
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Who Cares? Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr Wifak Gueddana (King's College, London), Dr Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde), Dr James Stewart (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Rob Procter, (University of Warwick), James Ravenscroft (University of Warwick), Filament Consultancy, Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation) and Miranda Hall (New Economics Foundation).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to identify challenges and opportunities for migrant and BAME women and other vulnerable groups using platforms in the gig economy. Findings will be shared with key stakeholders, paving the way for new technologies that will focus on equity as well as efficiency. Specifically it will shed light on 'invisible' labour in the platform economy, focusing on typically 'feminised' labour like cleaning and caring, that is done usually in the client's home. Use alternative online data sources and develop a methodology to engage participants who are otherwise difficult to reach. Create a cross-disciplinary research network including policy and academic partners.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Who cares? Platform Work and Low-income home service work in the digital economy 
Organisation University of Warwick
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Not-Equal Network funds the Who Cares? Project and provides guidance, assistance with logistics and promotion. This project is a collaboration between Dr Wifak Gueddana (King's College, London), Dr Kendra Briken (University of Strathclyde), Dr James Stewart (University of Edinburgh), Prof. Rob Procter, (University of Warwick), James Ravenscroft (University of Warwick), Filament Consultancy, Duncan McCann (New Economics Foundation) and Miranda Hall (New Economics Foundation).
Collaborator Contribution This project aims to identify challenges and opportunities for migrant and BAME women and other vulnerable groups using platforms in the gig economy. Findings will be shared with key stakeholders, paving the way for new technologies that will focus on equity as well as efficiency. Specifically it will shed light on 'invisible' labour in the platform economy, focusing on typically 'feminised' labour like cleaning and caring, that is done usually in the client's home. Use alternative online data sources and develop a methodology to engage participants who are otherwise difficult to reach. Create a cross-disciplinary research network including policy and academic partners.
Impact None as yet.
Start Year 2019
 
Description ACM Interactions article on 'Deep Digitality' by Alan Dix 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alan Dix, Not Equal Co-I, wrote an article for ACM Interactions on 'Deep Digitality' and how we reimagine a radical digital future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://interactions.acm.org/archive/view/january-february-2019/deep-digitality#comments
 
Description ALGORITHMIC BIAS: AI Traps and possible escapes - Ruth Catlow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ruth presented work from the Not-Equal funded 'Algorithmic Food Justice' Project at Activation, hosted by the Disruption Network Lab in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.disruptionlab.org/activation#program
 
Description Alan Dix Keynote on 'Deep Digitality' at the Irish HCI Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Alan Dix, Not Equal Co-I, presented a keynote on 'Deep Digitality' at the Irish HCI Conference in November 2018. This keynote included topics investigated by the Node Equal challenge area 'algorithmic social justice'. This included discussions on gender and ethnic bias in black-box machine-learning systems, as well as more recent developments such as deep learning and concerns such as those that gave rise to the EPSRC human-like computing programme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://irishhci.wordpress.com/programme/
 
Description Algorithmic Food Justice Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This website enables us to publicise the 'Algorithimic Food Justice' project and details all project activities in an easy to locate place.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://algorithmicfoodjustice.net
 
Description Algorithms for Her Conference - Helen Pallett Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation entitled 'Digitising pregnancy: the use of algorithms in NHS maternity care' at Algorithms for her 2020. Algorithms for her is a conference prioritising the the study of intersectional forms of injustice that algorithms (and the systems in which they are embedded) often propagate and sustain. Given the significance of such processes in our daily lives, and how they disproportionately affect those marginalised across intersections of gender, sexuality, class and race, this event created a dedicated space for the discussion of algorithmic oppression and inequality.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://algorithmsforher.wordpress.com/
 
Description Award Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This Event was an opportunity for awardees of funding during the first Not-Equal commissioning process to present their projects, learn about the other awardees, meet each other and network. It was also an opportunity for Not-Equal to state / confirm our expectations around project reporting and other issues and for the N-E team to meet the project teams in person.

After a welcome by Pam Briggs, Prof John Goddard gave a presentation on the role of the Civic University. This was followed by 5 minute presentations by someone from each of the funded projects. Finally, there was time for informal networking.

This was a good opportunity to learn and network, it provided the funded project teams with an increased sense of being part of a network and what that means.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Beyond the Blokechain - Ruth Catlow 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ruth Catlow presented work from the NOt-Equal funded Algorithmic Food Justice Project at Beyond the "Blokechain" at MoneyLab #7 Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam. She talked about Algorithmic Food Justice as part of a talk about DAOs for translocal cooperation, feminist economics and DisCOs.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://vimeo.com/376668856
 
Description CSCW-Power Struggles in the Digital Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The one-day workshop was arranged in collaboration with our Co-I (Prof Ann Light) and engaged interested scholars in the theme of power struggles in the digital economy, from defining the struggles, to discussing the issues to suggesting ways to overcome or mitigate these struggles. There was a general social justice orientation with a perception that workers, workforces and unions/organising are all being undermined by the advent of the platform economy and a will to do something about it. Principally, it was a theme setting workshop and we now have two recorded sessions describing the issues of concern to a group of ECRs from different parts of the Global North, as well as a discussion about what can be done which was fed back into the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://cscw2018digitaleconomy.wordpress.com/
 
Description Catalyst Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Catalyst seeks to promote and facilitate collaborations between Not-Equal Network+ members, who wish to develop and submit a research project in response to Not-Equal's Call for Collaborative Proposals.
Project partners can fill out a simple form with initial project idea and interests. This form is then used to populate the unique Catalyst entry. Others are then able to browse the Catalyst site and use the keyword search to identify and connect with partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
URL https://catalyst.not-equal.tech/
 
Description CinCity Networking Event - Artemis Skarlatidou 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A networking event at St Anne's Hoxton to discuss the CinCity project with people working within social justice, academia, education or community affairs on 11th February 2020. This activity gave us a better understanding of wider Youth Safety Programme and community issues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description CinCity Networking Event - Artemis Skarlatidou 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Mayor of Hackney introduced the CinCity team and their project to the Police Borough Commander of Hackney and Councillor Carolina Selma.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CinCity Project Planning Meetings - Artemis Skarlatidou 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two Project Planning meetings for the CinCity Project. A total of 20 young people attended at New City College in Hackney on 14th January and 3rd February 2020. The aim of these meetings was to recruit participants for the interviews and the use of the Fear of Crime app and discuss future steps and other avenues for them to engage with the project. Additionally we raised awareness of knife crime issues and relevant interventions and the importance of participating in the debate. They key outcomes included promoting interest in the project and participation in subsequent sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CinCity Project Recruitment - Artemis Skarlatidou 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact CinCity ran three Project Recruitment Sessions organised and led by New City College student union on 20th January, 27th January and 3rd February 2020. These information sessions signed up 30 new participants to join the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Community Panel 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The purpose of the panel was to award scores and write mini-reviews of the 72 funding applications received via the first Not-Equal call for proposals.
On the first day, the group was led through a process of group activities to establish a set of judging criteria based on their own experiences and perceptions of issues related to social justice in the digital economy. On the second day, participants were divided into three groups and each group was given the 'social impact statement' of a segment of the proposals and tasked with awarding scores and writing mini-reviews.
By the end of the first day, through a process of group activities, the panel came up with three criteria: Research into the social justice and innovation should: (1) consider and respond to the needs of a community; (2) help to reduce barriers to participation and involvement in technology + services; and, (3) support community cohesion.
During the second day the panel provided a score for each criterion (out of 10) and a review statement for a total of 72 proposals, based on reading the project title, tagline, and social impact statement. The Community Panel's scores were taken into account in the proposal judging process.
The most significant impact was a real contribution of community groups and service users to the selection of winning proposals.
There were also some valuable lessons learned that will help shape and improve the role, planning and implementation of the panel in the second round.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description CyberGuardian workshop 1 - James Nicholson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A three hour workshop to educate a group of older adults (Cyberguardians) in cyber security and arm them with the tools to educate their communities about this subject. The first workshop covered password management. The training material was user-friendly in terms of not being technical and relating it to concepts which they could grasp such as describing the process of encryption as "juicing an orange". This was well-received (as measured by post-session questionnaires after every event).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cybercrimeology Podcast - James Nicholson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this podcast episode Dr. James Nicholson, talks about digital seniors and how they learn about cybersecurity. This is an important topic as seniors are a growing online population but they are often overlooked by cybersecurity educators. Being older doesn't mean that you are not able to use computers or practice good cybersecurity, but it is something that most of us have to learn. This work was funded through the Not-Equal Network+
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.cybercrimeology.com/episodes/turn-up-your-radio-cybersecurity-learning-for-older-adults
 
Description Cyberguardian Workshop 2 - James Nicholson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A three hour workshop to educate a group of older adults (Cyberguardians) in cyber security and arm them with the tools to educate their communities about this subject. The second workshop covered scam detection. One of the main concerns voiced appears to be around the use of antivirus software (whether it is necessary, whether to pay for it) and scam phone calls (how to identify them, stop them, report them). One striking observation raised from the training was just how unaware this group were of the value of personal data not just in terms of being used in fraudulent activity but also in the targeting of individuals by commercial companies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cyberguardian Workshop 3 - James Nicholson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A three hour workshop to educate a group of older adults (Cyberguardians) in cyber security and arm them with the tools to educate their communities about this subject. The third workshop covered protective software. Feedback provided through questionnaires has been very positive about the sessions regarding them as 'informative', 'engaging' and having 'improved confidence'. The following comments were received:
- Format with time for asking questions as we went along was good;
- Demonstrations were talked about as being effective for seeing what the problem actually is and improving understanding;
- By explaining how cybersecurity is connected, the advice given makes sense.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cyberguardian Workshop 4 - James Nicholson 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This workshop provided an opportunity for the Cyberguardians to update us on their progress and share best practice tips based on their experiences so far.
The CyberGuardians have requested digital versions of the presentations and posters/fliers for them to advertise their own cybersecurity events. As they develop these, they may request more specific teaching materials tailored to the needs of their CyberCitizens, who can be defined as anyone who requires help with online security. Two of the CyberGuardians are going to run joint sessions and have a venue booked for mid-January 2020. Others have started to put into practice what they have learnt themselves and on relatives and friends in preparation for working with CyberCitizens. Many of them have acknowledged that they have improved their own cybersecurity behaviours by changing their passwords to make them stronger and are considering adopting password managers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cyberguardians Awareness Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cyberguardians trained through the Not-Equal Program delivered their first awareness event to 25 older adults in the local community of Prudhoe.This event addressed the types of issues that older citizens face around cybersecurity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Cyberguardians BBC News - James Nicholson 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An interview on BBC Look North (North East & Cumbria) about the Cyberguardians project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Ethical Tech: Bias, Algorithms and Social Justice - Ian Johnson, Public Talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Ian Johnson, Not-Equal Policy and Community Researcher gave a public talk hosted by the Centre for Digital Culture at King's College London. Within this talk he detailed the current Not-Equal call for collaborative proposals and made new contacts during reception that followed talks. The main outcomes were promoting Not-Equal and making connections with potential collaborators and industry partners,
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Funding Workshop - Harry Weeks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was delivered through the Not-Equal funded 'Opening Doors' project, led by Harry Weeks. This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. The series of workshops were collectively titled 'Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour' and were conceived of as spaces in which artists could freely and frankly discuss their working lives. The safety of the space, engendering a spirit of free and open conversation, was key to the project as previous research undertaken by the PI had found that the taboo surrounding the discussion of working conditions was a key inhibitor of solidarity and organisation amongst precarious cultural workers. The events were designed to serve as opportunities for people to share lived experiences, as well as tactics and strategies for alleviating the impacts of precarity. Each topic served as both a provocation for thought and reflection on people's conditions and experiences, and as a forum for action and the sharing of resources.
Led by Ellie Harrison, this workshop explored alternative funding strategies and resources for artists. There was considerable inter-generational conversation, guidance and sharing of resources between participants, and a broad agreement that this sharing of resources, knowledges and strategies would be beneficial to the sector as a whole if somehow scaled up.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Improving democratic oversight of algorithms - Helen Pallett 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participants reviewed initial findings from the review and mapping work from the Just Public Algorithms project and then collectively designed structures for the democratic oversight of algorithms in public services. The purpose of this workshop was to improve the collection and interpretation of cases of public engagement from the mapping phase of the research, and to contribute towards a proposal for better public engagement and governance of algorithms in public services.
The activity resulted in notes made by the research team and templates filled in by participants which will be analysed by the research team. This analysis will contribute towards the academic paper and briefing note which will be produced at the end of the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description In Kind Workshop - Harry Weeks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was delivered through the Not-Equal funded 'Opening Doors' project, led by Harry Weeks. This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. The series of workshops were collectively titled 'Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour' and were conceived of as spaces in which artists could freely and frankly discuss their working lives. The safety of the space, engendering a spirit of free and open conversation, was key to the project as previous research undertaken by the PI had found that the taboo surrounding the discussion of working conditions was a key inhibitor of solidarity and organisation amongst precarious cultural workers. The events were designed to serve as opportunities for people to share lived experiences, as well as tactics and strategies for alleviating the impacts of precarity. Each topic served as both a provocation for thought and reflection on people's conditions and experiences, and as a forum for action and the sharing of resources.
The In Kind workshop was led by Ailie Rutherford and Janie Nicoll. This workshop explored the prevalence of In Kind labour in endemic in the arts and how to fight it. The workshop examined their research and explore strategies in fighting these trends.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Inaugural Lecture (Prof Lizzie Coles-Kemp) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact It was a lecture and it was intended to inform a diverse audience about the relevance of designing inclusive models of digital security. It presented some of the implications of exclusive design and highlighted some of the techniques necessary for an inclusive approach. The main objective of the lecture was to set out a vision for digital security that runs counter to the orthodoxy of digital security as an approach. The most significant outcome was to layout an inclusive digital security position that can be used as the basis for further follow-up events and collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/information-security/n...
 
Description Input Workshop - Harry Weeks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was delivered through the Not-Equal funded 'Opening Doors' project, led by Harry Weeks. This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. The series of workshops were collectively titled 'Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour' and were conceived of as spaces in which artists could freely and frankly discuss their working lives. The safety of the space, engendering a spirit of free and open conversation, was key to the project as previous research undertaken by the PI had found that the taboo surrounding the discussion of working conditions was a key inhibitor of solidarity and organisation amongst precarious cultural workers. The events were designed to serve as opportunities for people to share lived experiences, as well as tactics and strategies for alleviating the impacts of precarity.
The first workshop was hosted by artist Nicola Singh's and promoted self-reflection on the project, and centred on various mapping exercises through which attendees could understand the institutional network that Assembly was imbricated within. The research team explained the funding processes for the project and their own relationships to precarious work as a means of engendering an honest and open atmosphere.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Interviews with Food Delivery Drivers - Yingqin Zheng 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Between digital platforms and the Deep Sea is a Not-Equal project that seeks to understand the impact that food delivery apps have as a business and as a technology on the riders that depend on the apps for daily work and income. Yingqin Zheng and Shyam Krishna carried out 27 interviews with delivery drivers within the south Indian city of Chennai. This has lead to a report that will be shared with the Indian Fishermen's Association, and Indian Federation of App-based Transport Workers, in order to action issues, such as a union for delivery drivers, training in data protection and fair wages.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Introduction to CinCity - Artemis Skarlatidou 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Three Project Introduction sessions to the CinCity Project - Civic InnovatioN in CommunITY: safety, policing and trust with young people - Safety digitally co-designed by young people to tackle knife crime in London.
These activities were workshops with roundtable discussion with a total of 100 young people and student representatives at New City College in Hackney and City and Islington College on 19th November 2019 and 25th February 2020, respectively. The purpose was to introduce the project to the young people at the two colleges and demonstrate the problem it tries to address. The main outcome was raising awareness of knife crime issues and relevant interventions and the importance of participating in the debate. These sessions promoted interest in the project and participation in subsequent sessions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description London Launch Symposia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Not Equal held two events in January 2019, both in Newcastle and in London, to mark the launch of the Not Equal project and the first call for collaborative research proposals as part of the Open Commissioning Programme.

This event was an opportunity for Network+ partners to come together and share ideas on possible practical responses to issues flagged up by partners within each challenge area; as well as hear about the funding criteria, process and support available.

The events featured provocative talks from invited speakers and experts from academia, civic and civil society, who shared their views on the social justice dimensions of emerging technology design and application and the challenges facing us today.

The events followed the same agenda but with different speakers and panel members.

Not Equal's London launch event on the 29th January. Many of the attendees were from academia but there were also representatives from third sector and industry. Some of the organisations that were represented included National Ugly Mug's, New Economic Foundation, Proboscis and the Digital Catapult.

The event was opened with a keynote address on the issues of social justice in the digital economy from Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle upon Tyne and Central Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation.

Following on from the keynote we then had a panel discussion with representatives from academia including Kutoma Wakunuma (Senior Lecturer and Researcher at De Montford University), Rachel Franklin (Professor of Geographical Analysis at Newcastle University), Jamie Woodcock (Researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute) and the third sector Froi Legaspi (Community Organiser for Citizens UK), who posed provocative questions for our attendees.

The afternoon agenda for both events included lightening talks from the Co-Investigators of Not Equal Professor Alan Dix, (Director of the Computational Foundry at Swansea University), Lizzie Coles-Kemp (Professor in Information Security at Royal Holloway University), Ann Light (Professor of Design and Creative Technology at the University of Sussex). They discussed the challenge areas of Algorithmic Social Justice, Digital Security for All and Fairer Futures for Business and Workforces and how key topics from the challenge areas had been incorporated into the call for proposals. This was followed by a briefing session on Not Equal's commissioning process.

Both events had workshop activities in which attendees were able to set a challenge to the network and encouraged to work in tables to group their challenges according to commonalities and differences. This led on to working group activities later in the day in which attendees could generate ideas for expressions of interest and encouraged cross disciplinary collaboration.

Following on from our launch events, a number of attendees plan to submit collaborative proposals for Not Equal's first funding call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meadow Well Connected - Positive Pathways Group Engagement 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was an engagement with a wellbeing group. The activity aimed to explore/discover the issues that are important for Meadow Well Connected's (MWC) client group. It is hoped that themes emerging from this engagement will be explored in more detail with MWC's staff members in a second engagement and that emerging themes could guide the Network+ research agenda and future activities as well as potentially helping shape an 'intent to collaborate' from MWC.
In groups, participants were given real or fictional scenarios involving technology and asked to respond to a series of questions about the fairness or otherwise of this technology, its positive and negative impact, whom it affected, and their own experience of it. They were then asked to think of ways the fairness of the use of the technology could be enhanced or its unfairness mitigated.
Key outcomes include: insights into target group's experience of and attitudes to technology, including a reluctance to engage with it or the topic for a significant minority; some emerging themes were identified and, new methods were tested and will be refined in future engagements.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newbridge Project drop-in activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This activity invited people to reflect on what they consider just or unjust in the uses of smart devices and technologies in their working lives, through a set of provocations (scenarios cards/smart devices).
People reflected on, discussed and debated the issues and eight 'Just-Unjust' cards were completed. This activity raised awareness of the work of Not-Equal and the issues it addresses, and also initiated a relationship with Newbridge Project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newcastle Launch Symposia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Not Equal held two events in January 2019, both in Newcastle and in London, to mark the launch of the Not Equal project and the first call for collaborative research proposals as part of the Open Commissioning Programme.

This event was an opportunity for Network+ partners to come together and share ideas on possible practical responses to issues flagged up by partners within each challenge area; as well as hear about the funding criteria, process and support available.

The events featured provocative talks from invited speakers and experts from academia, civic and civil society, who shared their views on the social justice dimensions of emerging technology design and application and the challenges facing us today.

The events followed the same agenda but with different speakers and panel members.

Not Equal's Newcastle launch event was on the 31st January and there was a clear mix of sectors represented with attendees from academia, the third sector, the public sector and from industry. Some of the organisations in attendance included VODA, Changing Lives, Sunderland City Council and Northumbria Police.

The event was opened with a key note address on 'Advancing social justice in an age of datafication' from Lina Dencik, Founder of the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University.
The Newcastle panel discussion had a representative from academia in Bettina Nissen (Interaction Design Lecturer at the Edinburgh University) and the third sector Matt Stokes (Senior Researcher at NESTA) and Karen Wood (Parker Trust).

The afternoon agenda for both events included lightening talks from the Co-Investigators of Not Equal Professor Alan Dix, (Director of the Computational Foundry at Swansea University), Lizzie Coles-Kemp (Professor in Information Security at Royal Holloway University), Ann Light (Professor of Design and Creative Technology at the University of Sussex). They discussed the challenge areas of Algorithmic Social Justice, Digital Security for All and Fairer Futures for Business and Workforces and how key topics from the challenge areas had been incorporated into the call for proposals. This was followed by a briefing session on Not Equal's commissioning process.

Both events had workshop activities in which attendees were able to set a challenge to the network and encouraged to work in tables to group their challenges according to commonalities and differences. This led on to working group activities later in the day in which attendees could generate ideas for expressions of interest and encouraged cross disciplinary collaboration.

Following on from our launch events, a number of attendees plan to submit collaborative proposals for Not Equal's first funding call.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Newcastle Trans-disciplinary Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop provided an opportunity to hear about Not Equal and help shape its agenda and activities. We invited researchers from a variety of disciplines (social sciences, engineering, design, arts and humanities, computer science, law and business) to come together and share perspectives on on issues of social justice in the design and application of new and emerging technologies. The workshop included initial talks from the Dean of Social Justice at Newcastle University and the Not Equal team, followed by group activities designed to facilitate participants to share disciplinary perspectives to generate ideas for potential collaborative cross-disciplinary responses. The main outcomes involved 15 attendees signing up to the network and the potential for collaborative cross-disciplinary projects for Not Equal's call for proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://not-equal.tech/the-data-is-out-there-but-how-is-it-being-used/
 
Description Not Equal 'Show and Tell' Event at Royal Holloway, University of London 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was intended to provide an opportunity for academics to talk to the Not Equal team about network activities and funding opportunities. The event also allowed attendees to provide feedback on funding focus and the types of collaborative projects that might be of interest. The workshop activities provided several new provocations/issues from the Not Equal challenge areas that can be incorporated into the Not Equal agenda. The event also allowed 17 attendees to sign up as network partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Not Equal Networking Hour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An informal networking hour, whereby interested parties were invited to the Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University to hear about the Not-Equal Second Call for Collaborative Proposals and meet other network partners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/not-equal-networking-hour-1st-session-registration-89760625447
 
Description Not-Equal Sandpit Events 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In conjunction with the Not-Equal Call for Collaborative Proposals 2020, the Network host two Sandpit Events. The first was on 27th February 2020 at the Catalyst Building, Newcastle University and the second on 6th March 2020 at Digital Catapult in London.
These one day events brought together partners from across the Not-Equal network, with the aim to facilitate collaborations, drive innovation and lay the foundations for potential research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://not-equal.tech/not-equal-sandpit-events-join-us/
 
Description Not-Equal Summer School 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This was a 4-day summer school. The intention was to introduce some of the Not-Equal thinking and areas of study to PhD students and post docs.
The school was run with talks in the morning and collaborative small group work in the afternoon. The aim of the collaborative sessions was to use a range of story-telling techniques to articulate a scenario in which automated decision making, social justice, fairness and society intersect.
The outcomes took the form of knowledge dissemination and network building amongst ECRs and PhD students.
The most significant outcome was to further develop the network of academic collaboration related to Not-Equal. A follow-up Summer School will take place in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Not-Equal Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Not-Equal website was set up at the beginning of the project. It is used to advertise the Network, disseminate information and allow people to sign up to the Not-Equal mailing list. There are currently over 400 people signed up to this list.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://not-equal.tech/
 
Description Now London is a City Farm - Sara Heitlinger 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the second workshop in the series for the project 'Co-designing a Sustainable Food Justice System with Blockchain Futures' aiming to prototype more-than-human values for the food commons with urban agricultural communities. In this workshop participants played a game with various characters to imagine a more sustainable, just and inclusive future food system in the city. The game - played in a Live Action Role Play (LARP) format - drew on the previously-generated materials as well as current facts about food and environmental injustices. Discussions from this workshop will feed into the final workshop and inform our blockchain work.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://algorithmicfoodjustice.net/second-workshop-now-london-is-a-city-farm
 
Description Output Workshop - Harry Weeks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was delivered through the Not-Equal funded 'Opening Doors' project, led by Harry Weeks. This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. The series of workshops were collectively titled 'Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour' and were conceived of as spaces in which artists could freely and frankly discuss their working lives. The safety of the space, engendering a spirit of free and open conversation, was key to the project as previous research undertaken by the PI had found that the taboo surrounding the discussion of working conditions was a key inhibitor of solidarity and organisation amongst precarious cultural workers. The events were designed to serve as opportunities for people to share lived experiences, as well as tactics and strategies for alleviating the impacts of precarity. Each topic served as both a provocation for thought and reflection on people's conditions and experiences, and as a forum for action and the sharing of resources.
The final workshop led by Sophie Hope, afforded the opportunity to consider outputs and future directions for the project. It was important that this question was tackled dialogically with workshops participants so as to ensure continued investment and shared ownership of the project and its direction. A wall of Newbridge's Gateshead space served as a perpetually involving pinboard of documentation, resources and prompts, on which maps/demands produced during workshops, and key texts, sample invoices for freelancers, etc were pinned.
The team are in the process of establishing a resource hub for art workers. This will take both physical (in order to provide a space fostering solidarity and de-individualisation) and digital (in order to maximise access and reach) form. This is being conducted in collaboration with Newbridge Projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description PEG2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Policy Excellence Group 2020 Conference: Citizen Engagement, Technology & the Role of Policy Makers.
This conference considered how to improve civil servant and policy-makers engagement with the citizens they serve and make best use of new techniques for public policy design and delivery. The conference offered learning from partners across the public, private and voluntary sectors. Attendees examined how citizen engagement can help build better-informed policy interventions and how civil society can most effectively collaborate with central and local government, to improve the quality of the experience of public service users. Alongside this, contributors gave their thoughts on the ways in which new technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence and machine learning are transforming policy design and delivery.
Not-Equal principal Investigator Clara Crivellaro was involved in a panel session about the potential benefits and risks associated with the integration of new and emergent technologies (e.g. data science and data-driven decision-making systems) to inform the design and delivery of public policy. The activity served to create new connections. As a result we are discussing collaboration avenues with civic servant at the Child Maintenance & Policy Exploration Division, DWP.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Parker Trust Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Parker Trust is a charity based in Sunderland that provides advice and assistance for vulnerable members of society. It also organises programmes of physical, educational, social activities. Not Equal held a workshop with Parker Trust members and the public to engage attendees on the broad topic of computer supported decision making. The attendees were invited to share their experiences through 'computer says no' scenario and exploring what they would change in the digital economy. The responses from attendees at the workshop were tailored into the network agenda and future community based activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Pilot Youth Engagement Activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The purpose of the activity was to generate insights to include youth voices in the development of the call for proposals and commissioning process of research and collaborations between academic and non-academic partners.
As part of the Youth Engagement programme, a short pilot study was conducted to test a model for engaging Network+ partners, computing undergraduates and school pupils, aiming to determine if this model would support sustained, larger-scale engagements in the New Year.
Open Rights Group had previously been asked to make a suggestion for a research question they would be keen to explore on young people's perspectives, perception and practices. Following a discussion with Open Rights Group, the following question was drafted: "What are young people's thoughts on and practices in safety and privacy online?"
In December 2018, computing undergraduates designed and helped to facilitate a workshop with Mr Wild's Year 10 GCSE computing students at Churchill Community College, North Tyneside. The young people to create their own game that could help them to engage and discuss safety and privacy online, and be played in other classrooms around the UK.
Each group was provided with blank playing cards to fill in with challenges, questions and scenarios where points could be awarded for their decisions and discussions. Once the cards had been created, the young people tested the game and discussed their own thoughts and practices about safety and privacy online. When these games had finished, we asked the young people to summarise how companies, charities and academic organisations could respond to their concerns.
The young people created a game that can be adapted and used in other situations, and raised several concerns about data protection and use, fraud and awareness of the issues.
Because this was a trial, the most significant outcome of this activity was a piloted process that can be adapted and repeated with other partners and participants:
- a community group that will come up with a question
- undergraduates who will design and implement an activity
- secondary level students who will participate in the activity and provide themes for the network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Platform Cooperatives talk by Duncan McCann 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk was followed by a discussion and action planning activity. The aim was to learn about the New Economic Foundation's (NEF) projects and what they could tell us about platform cooperatives. The meeting involved people from all over Sussex and beyond, interested in the Future of Work centre being formed at Sussex. The outcomes from the talk include shared knowledge and support for intersecting interests and a collaboration between NEF and the University of Sussex Business School on a business plan for a Brighton based taxi cooperative.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Post Automation Symposium - Ann Light 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This Symposium explored the idea and practice of post-automation for sustainability. Collectively the attendees: analysed subversions of society-technology relations characteristic of post-automation; discussed how the idea of post-automation might contribute to future work, sustainable development, and technology politics; and
mapped out critical issues in post-automation and develop an agenda for future research and action.
From this we have new visions on how post-automation can foster more sustainable and democratic modes of production. The organisers are now negotiating a special issue on post-automation with a leading scientific journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Power Workshop - Harry Weeks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was delivered through the Not-Equal funded 'Opening Doors' project, led by Harry Weeks. This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. The series of workshops were collectively titled 'Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour' and were conceived of as spaces in which artists could freely and frankly discuss their working lives. The safety of the space, engendering a spirit of free and open conversation, was key to the project as previous research undertaken by the PI had found that the taboo surrounding the discussion of working conditions was a key inhibitor of solidarity and organisation amongst precarious cultural workers. The events were designed to serve as opportunities for people to share lived experiences, as well as tactics and strategies for alleviating the impacts of precarity. Each topic served as both a provocation for thought and reflection on people's conditions and experiences, and as a forum for action and the sharing of resources.
Led by Priya Mistry, this workshop explored diversity and representation within the sector. Participants produced drafts of collectively written demands for change within the sector.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Prototyping the Food Commons - Sara Heitlinger 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this day-long workshop held at Spitalfields Farm, the attendees brainstormed ideas for new algorithmic systems to create a future food commons. We imagined that these organisations existed on a 'blockchain' - a digital system that allows geographically dispersed members to co-ordinate securely. Blockchain technologies are best known as the underlying infrastructure for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. In creating what are known as "Distributed Autonomous Organisations" (DAOs) on the blockchain, participants were experimenting with new algorithmic methods for valuing and exchanging labour between multiple species in the process of growing food. This series of work will be turned into a book publication that brings together the three prototypes with reflections on the co-design process. And also a toolkit to allow other groups to develop their own live action roleplay games.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://algorithmicfoodjustice.net/final-workshop-prototyping-the-food-commons
 
Description Salsa 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Citizen-Centred Cyber Resilience: Building Resilient Communities from the Ground up workshop brought together experts on cyber security and community resilience to discuss how to build cyber-resilient communities. The event begun by framing the issue and introducing the different perspectives-community resilience in contexts other than cyber security and cyber resilience. Following a lunch break, participants engaged in round-table discussions on what a cyber-resilient community would look like, how it can be achieved, and what needs to be considered. The discussions followed by presentations on existing citizen-centred cybersecurity initiatives. The closing session brought the previously discussed challenges and opportunities into concrete steps towards scaling and inclusivity.
The goal of the workshop was to explore ways to build resilience from the ground up by including and engaging citizens.
Clara Crivellaro (PI Not-Equal) was an invited speaker, which involved discussion about cyber resilient communities and the potential benefits associated with a bottom up approach to develop community resilience. The activity served to foster discussion about this important topics and create new connections for potential Not-Equal projects and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Security Theory Hack 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Six PhD students from Royal Holloway took part in the a security theory hack workshop at RHUL on the 29th of March 2019. They were joined by Design Theorist Peter Hall from Central St Martins, London and Matt Spencer, Sociology of Technology scholar, University of Warwick.
The aim of the workshop was to use the creative securities' LEGO modelling approach to model a lived experience of a sociotechnical security problem and to think through the problem from a particular security theoretical start point. Participants selected their theoretical start point using an interactive map of social and political theories of security. During the workshop, participants were encouraged to explore how different theoretical start points might change the security responses in a particular sociotechnical scenario.

Theories are used as design provocations to challenge how we might respond to the security issues. The theory's job is to challenge our standard technical security responses. The workshop session produced three sociotechnical models in LEGO that described technical security problems that challenge notions of fairness and equality.

The LEGO models were universally considered to be a good and effective way to share different disciplinary perspectives. It was also regarded as a useful way to explain technological complexity. The theoretical position was a useful design start point for one of the models. With the other models, the theory position was a useful means of unpacking the security problems.
More preparation and guidance needs to be given to enable effective deployment of the theories. A process for using the theory as a design intervention might perhaps help. The idea of translating a pared down version to a card deck seems likely to be helpful here too.
Integrating the theory with the LEGO modelling process will be undertaken next time.
This activity was a useful means of bringing together social scientists and those from the technical side of security. The PhD student group was made up of 3 social scientists, 1 computer scientists and 2 mathematicians. Further refinements are needed but this workshop formed the basis of a means for bringing together interdisciplinary conversations about fairness and equality in the context of digital control.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Special Interest Group on Co-operativism and HCI at CHI conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This activity included small group work eliciting themes and issues and networking to build a community in this under-researched area. The goal was to set an agenda for further work in HCI as it's never been considered as a set of issues before and the potential for 'enabling platforms' is becoming more apparent and, at the same time, more contested.
This activity produced lots of ideas for work and agenda setting and led to a new network of people, particularly ECRs, interested in solidarity and alternative economic models. A follow-on activity is for Not-Equal to fund an event to kick start this, being UK based.
Additionally, there are plans for an article to be written by the organisers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at Future of Work Event - Ann Light 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation at the University of Sussex, Future of Work Event, explaining the Not-Equal Network and activities, especially in the field of fairer futures for workforces and businesses. The aim was to raise profile of Not-Equal and promote awareness of the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description TechMums Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was a trial engagement with a group of mothers attending the TechMums https://techmums.co/ course and just beginning to use digital tech or developing their use of tech and learning about how they can use it (more) in their daily lives and careers.
The activity aimed to engage around the Network+ broad topics of algorithmic social justice and digital security in order to guide the Network+ research agenda and future activities as well as possibly providing recruits for the 2nd Citizen's panel and educating participants about security online.

The workshop allowed participants to reflect on, discuss and debate the issues presented. Participants completed a mapping exercise around Automated Moderation and came up with ideas on how the process could be made more trustworthy and how they could protect themselves against potential effects. Additionally participants expressed an interest in participating in the next Community Panel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Bits Leak Out-Swansea Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In this one-day event, interested participants heard and shared current research on the ways digital infrastructures affect social justice, explored what trans-disciplinary responses may be required for technology to support social justice, and influenced the agenda and funding process of Not Equal. The workshop activities included discussions into the issues raised from the non-academic survey responses, speakers from Google and Ulster University. Outcomes for the event included 15 new network members and potential future project applications for Not Equal's call for proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://not-equal.tech/navigating-potential-biases-in-algorithm-driven-processes-the-bits-leak-out-w...
 
Description The Collaborative Economy Symposium-Clara Crivellaro Keynote 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Clara Crivellaro, Not Equal PI, attended The Collaborative Economy Symposium at Sheffield Hallam University and presented a keynote on Not Equal 'A model for democratising innovation through collaborative commissioning of research'.

The symposium brought together interested participants to hear about current research on the topic of the collaborative economy and its implications and to discuss possible joint initiatives and projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://luiginaciolfi.net/
 
Description The future of techno-disruption in gig economy workforces: challenging the dialogue with fictional abstracts - Oliver Bates 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A conference presentation and panel discussion at Halfway to the Future 2019 (HTTF 2019) in Nottingham, entitled 'The future of techno-disruption in gig economy workforces: challenging the dialogue with fictional abstracts'. The presentation highlighted a provocative design approach to thinking about futures of the gig economy and the impact on workers. This work was used a mechanism to develop fictional abstracts that help stakeholders critique and design for different futures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Theory Hack Feb 2020 - Lizzie Coles-Kemp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This activity was a Theory Hack centred on the 'digital security for all' Not-Equal challenge area at Monash University, Australia. The aim was To use the concept of the social contract to explore how equity, inclusion, respect and kindness can be considered as part of digital design. Participants were introduced to the notion of the social contract and asked to consider how this concept informs design of digital services and technology. It also asked participants to reflect on the effects the notion of social contract has for communities using that service and the security such a service offers. There were 12 attendees from Monash University, Australia. A key outcome was the development of new ways to disrupt technological security thinking to include issues of justice, fairness and inclusion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Theory Hack Jan 2020 - Lizzie Coles-Kemp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This activity was a Theory Hack centred on the 'digital security for all' Not-Equal challenge area at Warwick University. The aim was to use different security theory start-points to examine security logics at play in a given scenario. Participants were introduced to different ways of thinking about security and the ways in which security logics can disbenefit and benefit individuals and communities. There were 12 attendees from Warwick University and the University of the Arts, London. A key outcome was the development of new ways to disrupt technological security thinking to include issues of justice, fairness and inclusion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Theory Hack March 2019 - Lizzie Coles-Kemp 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This activity was a Theory Hack centred on the digital security for all challenge area, at Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL). The aim was to use different security theory start-points to examine security logics at play in a given scenario. Participants were introduced to different ways of thinking about security and the ways in which security logics can disbenefit and benefit individuals and communities. Attendees included 12 people drawn from RHUL, Warwick University and the University of the Arts, London. A key outcome was the development of new ways to disrupt technological security thinking to include issues of justice, fairness and inclusion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Unite Workshop - Harry Weeks 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This workshop was delivered through the Not-Equal funded 'Opening Doors' project, led by Harry Weeks. This project aims to examine the current and potential impacts of technology, in particular digital platforms, on the inequalities of the cultural sector. The series of workshops were collectively titled 'Assembly: A Forum for Artists in Precarious Labour' and were conceived of as spaces in which artists could freely and frankly discuss their working lives. The safety of the space, engendering a spirit of free and open conversation, was key to the project as previous research undertaken by the PI had found that the taboo surrounding the discussion of working conditions was a key inhibitor of solidarity and organisation amongst precarious cultural workers. The events were designed to serve as opportunities for people to share lived experiences, as well as tactics and strategies for alleviating the impacts of precarity. Each topic served as both a provocation for thought and reflection on people's conditions and experiences, and as a forum for action and the sharing of resources.
The 2nd workshop was hosted by artists Sue Jones and Loraine Monk, participants mapped their own individual economies and shared experiences of unionisation and its difficulties within a sector dominated by freelancing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description V&A Digital Design Weekend 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the V & A design week, Not Equal hosted a table at the event and delivered drop-in engagement activities to invite members of the public to contribute to the debate on social justice in the digital economy and how we might respond to the issues in our everyday lives. Participants were asked to reflect on the boundaries of what may be considered just or unjust in the uses of smart devices in everyday life, there were over 21 responses from participants who listed unjust technologies and 12 from those who listed just technologies. Not Equal also had 28 attendees sign up to the network during the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.vam.ac.uk/festival/2018/london-design-festival-2018
 
Description What does this city farm need to thrive into the future? - Sarah Heitlinger 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the first workshop in the series for the project 'Co-designing a Sustainable Food Justice System with Blockchain Futures' aiming to prototype more-than-human values for the food commons with urban agricultural communities. Attendees included participants from a range of community gardens and organisations including the London Freedom Seed Bank, Cordwainers Grow, Phytology/Bethnal Green Nature Reserve, John Evelyn Community Garden, the Permaculture Association, the Nightingale Community Garden, the Selby Estate community garden, and the Zimbabwean Association growers as well as staff from Spitalfields Farm. This event tackled 2 main questions 1. who are the human and non-human stakeholders of the city farm/community garden both now and in 2030? 2. what are the the different resources of the future community farm/garden?
The materials generated in this workshop informed the development of the next workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://algorithmicfoodjustice.net/first-workshop-mapping-the-future-farm
 
Description Why everyone should care about the dangers of algorithmic bias - Alan Dix, LinkedIn Interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Conny Zelic, Programme and Change Manager at Newcastle University interviewed Not-Equal Co-Investigator, Professor Alan Dix for a LinkedIn Article. This article received 10 comments and 35 likes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-everyone-should-care-dangers-algorithmic-bias-conny-zeli%25C4%258...