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How does the COVID-19 pandemic look like if seen… from the margins of society? This event interrogates the first pandemic of the datafied society from the perspective of the disempowered in the Global South and beyond. Loosely based on the book of the same title (COVID-19 From the Margins. Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society, Institute of Network Cultures, 2021), the event invites participants to take a decolonial approach to the narration of the COVID-19 crisis, de-centering dominant ways of being and knowing.

Event details of COVID-19 from the Margins
Date 25 February 2021
Time 17:00 -18:00


Stefania Milan is a data sociologist at the University of Amsterdam. Her research explores the interplay between digital technologies, activism and governance, also in the framework of the ERC-funded DATACTIVE project ( 


Emiliano Treré is Senior Lecturer in Media Ecologies and Social Transformation in the School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. In 2011-2016, he was Associate Professor at the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico. He is the author of Hybrid Media Activism (Routledge, 2019), winner of the Outstanding Book Award of the ICA Activism, Communication and Social Justice Interest Group. He is a member of the Data Justice Lab, the co-founder of the Big Data from the South Initiative, and the vicechair of the Communication and Democracy Section of ECREA.

Silvia Masiero is an Associate Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. Her research operates within the area of information and ICT4D, with a focus on the role of digital platforms in socio-economic development processes. Silvia is Secretary of the International Federation for Information Processing IFIP 9.4 Working Group on Implications of Information and Digital Technologies for Development, a member of the Association for Information Systems, and a member of the Editorial Board at Information Technology for Development.

Kinoko Merini is a PhD candidate currently living in The Netherlands. She holds an MA in Media & Communication from Goldsmiths, University of London. Following this MA, she obtained a Research Master in New Media and Digital Culture at University of Amsterdam.

Soumyo Das is a doctoral student at Emlyon Business School, France. His research interests include Information Systems & Organisational Change, Critical Management Studies, and communication technology for development (ICT4D). He was formerly associated with the Center for IT & Public Policy, IIIT Bangalore, as a Research Scholar.