UN Side Event on Disability and Digital Societies

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This is an update for our series of blog posts on our ongoing work exploring the applications and implications of Big Data and disability. As part of our investigation of how new data sources can contribute to various research areas related to disability, Data-Pop Alliance is pleased to announce their involvement in the UN Working Group on Disability and Digital Societies.


Data-Pop Alliance is pleased to announce their involvement in a new working group, The Working Group on Disability and Digital Societies, to explore how new data sources may be useful in informing development efforts for disability. The Group was co-founded by the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Data-Pop Alliance. This group explores how the digital society can contribute to:

(i) better monitoring and evaluation of disability inclusive development; and

(ii) the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for persons with disabilities (PwD).

The group will be presenting a draft of a new White Paper, "How Can Digital Information Contribute to Achieving the SDGs for Persons with Disabilities?", at a side event at the 9th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 8:00am - 9:30am. The event, titled "How Can Digital Societies Contribute To Achieving the SDGs for Persons with Disabilities," will explore how new forms of digital evidence, such as social media or crowdsourced data, could help fill the gap of a lack of data about the situations of PwD and contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for PwD. Organizers for the Side Event include World Health Organization (WHO), Data-Pop Alliance, AXSMap, the Nippon Foundation, Disabled People's International (DPI) and the Institute on Disability and Public Policy at American University. Experts will highlight case studies of these new data sources and their potential to empower PwD.

Read and send feedback on the first draft of the white paper here

More information about the side event can be found here.

How Can Digital Societies Contribute To Achieving the SDGs for Persons with Disabilities?
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
8:00am - 9:30am
United Nations Headquarters
Conference Room 11