“Power as an ethical concern in the Global South’s digital transformation: Power or empowerment? The digitalization of the Global South, particularly with respect to African countries, is moving at a fast pace. This can be seen in the use of information and communications technology (ICT) in different domains such as healthcare, education, industry, entertainment, as well as in the provision of e-government services, to name just a few. Such digital progress is seen as positive and often presented as such in international development discussions, for example at the World Summit on the Information Society Forum 2019 on ICTs for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Despite the positives, there are also negative aspects of digitalization, which have to be addressed in the form of ethical concerns. This paper discusses these concerns by specifically exploring the aspect of power in light of the digital transformation of the Global South”, Dr. Kutoma J. Wakunuma.

We would like to thank Dr. Kutoma J. Wakunuma for the wonderful talk: “Critical Questions at the Intersection of Digitalisation, Development and Justice in the Global South”.



Dr. Kutoma Wakunuma is an Associate Professor at De Montfort University. She has worked and continues to work on a wide range of research projects where she has taken on roles such as Principal Investigator, Lead Evaluator as well as part of project coordination teams. Her work has been diverse, ranging from ICT for Development research; Civil Society Organisations research; conducting stakeholder evaluation, research in emerging technologies and ethics; Responsible Research and Innovation and Gender. Her main interest is in understanding the social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies in both the Global North and the Global South. She is currently the Programme Leader for MSc Computing as well as Deputy Subject Lead for IS.

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