Data Pollution & Power – A White Paper for a Global Sustainable Development Agenda on AI

Data Pollution is to the big data age what smog was to the industrial age. Our response to data pollution will develop much like our reaction to traditional forms of pollution—just much faster and hopefully with dedication and great force. This white paper describes a nascent environmental data pollution movement. It frames data pollution in the context of powers and interests exploring eight domains in which data pollution has the greatest impact: Nature, Science & Innovation, Democracy, Human Rights, Infrastructure, Decision-Making, Global Opportunities, and Time. The main objective is to ensure that data pollution of AI in particular is included in the global sustainable development agenda.

The white paper is authored by Gry Hasselbalch and published by the Bonn Sustainable AI Lab with the Data Pollution & Power Initiative.