2023 Annual Conference Programme

DSAI Conference 2023 v1

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Wednesday 25 October  

St Patrick's Campus, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 

14:00 - 17:30

Panel and Networking Event: Research, Policy and Practice - Knowledge Partnerships for Development 

We welcome speakers from Irish Aid, Dóchas, NGOs, Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Council, Irish Universities Association Marie Sklodowska-Curie Office and Campus Engage to this pre-conference panel discussion and networking event.

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17:00 - 17:45

Conference Opens - Arrival and Registration 

17:45 - 18:00

Conference Opening 

  • Opening by: Dr. Pieternella Pieterese, Chair, DSA Ireland
  • Welcome by: Prof. Derek Hand, Dean, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, DCU

18:00 - 18:45

Opening Panel Discussion on Territories of Technology, Innovation and Development

  • Dr Silvia Masiero, Assoc. Prof. Information Systems, University of Oslo
  • Bernard Kirk, CEO, Camden Education Trust and Innovate Communities
  • Dr Caroline Williamson Sinalo, Lecturer, World Languages, UCC
  • Dr P.J. Wall, ADAPT Centre Trinity and Lecturer at TUD

18:45 - 19:15

Audience Responses 

19:15 - 20:00

Reception and Canapés




Thursday 26 October

St Patrick's Campus, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 

08:45 – 09:30

Registration & Refreshements

09:30 - 11:00

Morning Keynote

09:30 – 09:50

Welcome by: Dr. Pieternella Pieterese, Chair, DSA Ireland 

09:50 – 10:20

Keynote Address - 'Unfair ID: Digital Identity from Injustice to Resistance'

Dr Silvia Masiero, Associate Professor of Information Systems, University of Oslo

10:20 – 10:45

Facilitated Discussion

10:45 - 11:00Refreshments & Networking

11:00 - 12:30

Morning Study Group Parallel Sessions

11:00 - 12:30

Study Group Parallel Sessions 

Break out sessions led by Study Groups with accepted contributors in response to Call for Abstracts. 

12:30 - 13:15

DSAI Annual General Meeting  

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 -15:15

Afternoon Keynote

14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Address - 'Disinformation State: Russia's Weaponization of Narratives in Africa'

Dr Samuel Ramani, Associate Fellow at Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

14:30 - 15:00

Facilitated Discussion 

15:00 - 15:15

Refreshments & Networking

15:15 - 16:45

Afternoon Study Group Parallel Sessions

15:15 - 16:45

Study Group Parallel Sessions 

Break out sessions led by Study Groups with accepted contributors in response to Call for Abstracts. 

16:45 - 17:30

Closing Plenary & Open to Floor


Conference Close 

Keynote Speakers

Silvia MasieroDr Silvia Masiero is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the University of Oslo. She has authored over 30 peer-reviewed works in the domain of Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), and has a long-standing interest in the role of digital platforms in socio-economic development processes. She has conducted extensive work on the computerisation of India's main food security programme, the Public Distribution System (PDS), and on the adoption of ICTs in core aspects of the Indian public sphere including elections, rural employment guarantees and programmes of social protection. She is Secretary and Chair Elect of the IFIP Working Group 9.4 on the Implications of Information and Digital Technologies for Development, a Senior Editor at the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries, and an Associate Editor at Information Technology for Development. 

Her keynote is titled "Unfair ID: Digital Identity from Injustice to Resistance". In this talk, Silvia will explore different ways in which digital identity systems, aimed at converting human identities into digital data, result into harmful outcomes for their users. After having discussed the notion of "fairness" in relation to digital identity, the talk will explore legal, informational and design-related forms of injustice induced by digital ID, drawing on instantiations from countries and settings characterised by socio-economic vulnerability. Having done so, we will move into forms of resistance to digital ID-induced injustice, reviewing the work of civil society and solidarity-making organisations working with people affected by the harmful outcomes in point. In this way, the talk will propose a journey "from injustice to resistance" in the digital identity space.

Samuel Ramani headshotDr. Samuel Ramani is an associate fellow at RUSI (Royal United Services Institute). He is a geo-political commentator, who regularly contributes to media publications such as Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and Al-Monitor, as well as think-tanks, such as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Middle East Institute. He regularly appears on broadcast media outlets, such as Al Jazeera English, the BBC World Service, France 24, and CNN International. Since receiving his DPhil in International Relations at Oxford in 2021, Samuel has written two books: "Russia in Africa: Resurgent Great Power or Bellicose Pretender" and "Putin's War on Ukraine: Russia's Campaign for Global Counter-Revolution" which were published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2023. 

His keynote is titled "Disinformation State: Russia's Weaponization of Narratives in Africa". In this talk, Samuel will explore the pernicious impact of Russia's disinformation in Africa and use of big tech to spread these narratives.