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Data Ethics & Protection Webinar Series

The Association of African Universities (AAU), the University of Nottingham (UoN) and the Ethical Data Initiative (EDI) are joining forces to campaign for the inclusion of Data Ethics in Data Science education on a global scale.

 The campaign will begin with a series of informative shows to be aired on AAU TV. The AAU TV network was established in 2018 to deliver news and information on important higher education-related issues on the African Continent such as advancements in education policy, STEM innovation and important research findings. The Ethical Data discussions will explore pressing ethical questions inherent in digital technology, data collection and data-driven research; highlighting the need for training digital practitioners in the ethics of their craft.


Webinar Series 1: Data Ethics Issues in Higher Education 

Date & Time: May 23, 2023 at 09:00 GMT (10:00 in London)


We are living in a digitally transformed society. Data drives problem-solving and better decision-making. While the digital revolution has transformed the way we live, solving many issues; it has also given rise to numerous questions and challenges which affect everyone. What governance policies and frameworks are needed to make sure digital technologies and opportunities are available for everyone and there are no monopolies created? How do we make sure there are proper governance mechanisms in place to embed values in all data ecosystems?

This webinar will look into key research questions on:

  • Who owns the data? Who benefits from my data?
  • With data capitalism becoming an increasingly recognised concept, how do we avoid the pitfalls of feudalism and colonialism in this new landscape?
  • With the increase in data intensive research, and focus on data law and ethics in general, do you think it is time that data ethics should become an integral part of the education curriculum in schools and universities? Why?
  • How can we build capacity for Data Ethics in universities and industry?

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Speakers/ Discussants:

  1. William G. Cantah, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Data Science and Economic Policy, and the Coordinator of the Centre for Data Archiving, Management, Analysis and Advocacy (CDAMAA) at the Department of Data Science & Economic Policy, School of Economics, University of Cape Coast.
  2. Edward Ombui, the Dean, School of Science & Technology at the Africa Nazarene University, Kenya
  3. Samba NDIAYE, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Technologies, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal


Special Remarks will be given by:

  1. Olusola Bandele Oyewole, Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities (AAU) and
  2. Juliet Thondlana, UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development; Professor of International Education and Development at Nottingham University; and Coordinator of the AAU Office in the UK

The webinar will be moderated by Amanda Chukwudozie [Programme and Project Manager (Policy), Nottingham University].


The Data Ethics webinar series will be streamed live on AAU TV (which transmits via satellite to 22 countries in West and North Africa and 8 countries in southern Europe), AAU YouTube channel and via Zoom.

For further information, please contact Ransford Bekoe on and

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