Zara Rahman is a Berlin-based researcher and writer whose interests lie at the intersection of power, technology and justice. Over the past decade, her work has focused on supporting the responsible use of data and technology in advocacy and social justice, working with activists from around the world to support context-driven and thoughtful uses of tech and data. She has held fellowships with the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University; digitalHKS at the Harvard Kennedy School; and Data & Society. She serves on the Board of Saheli, a UK-based non-profit providing support and refuge to women of colour fleeing domestic abuse, and on the Advisory Boards of A People’s Guide to Tech, and Mnemonic. She most recently served as Interim Executive Director at The Engine Room, and currently works as a freelance consultant.
Digital technologies accelerate political and social processes and leave little room for deliberative discourse. At the same time, state actors who should exert informational and regulatory influence often outsource their capacities and services to these companies, withholding public sector data and information from citizens. How can the DSA be advanced?