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Unsettling Knowledge Inequities Podcast


Unsettling Knowledge Inequities

The Knowledge Equity Lab and SPARC co-present a podcast series featuring conversations with diverse and multigenerational knowledge holders. Episodes aim to interrogate the politics of knowledge production and circulation and the global power dynamics that shape it – as well as highlight alternative models and collaborations between distinct knowledge traditions.

Season 3 : Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Inequities – Launched Fall 2022

This season, we continue our goal of interrogating the politics of knowledge production, exchange and circulation – but with a special focus on exploring the implications of the widespread and often uncritical use of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies. In particular, we will examine how the use of these technologies by corporate publishers and data analytics companies can replicate and exacerbate existing structural and other forms of inequities in societies and in academia.

We will be in conversation with folks committed to bringing awareness to and challenging the potential impacts of these technologies, particularly on the equitable production, discovery and circulation of knowledge in academia and beyond.

Listen to the First Episode of Season Three: AI and Automating Knowledge Inequities

Listen to the Second Episode of Season Three: Data Cartels and Surveillance Publishing

Listen to the Third Episode of Season Three: The High Cost of Knowledge Monopoly

Listen to the Fourth Episode of Season Three: The Perils of Artificial Intelligence in Academic Publishing

Listen to the Fifth and final Episode of Season Three: Digital Redlining, Friction-Free Racism and Luxury Surveillance in the Academy

Season 2 – Episodes and Transcripts

How was the global consensus on open science internationally negotiated and defined? What does it mean for open science to go beyond open access and open data — to openness to diverse participation, knowledge systems, languages, and outputs? How can open inclusive infrastructures be designed to enable equitable knowledge sharing?

Season 2 explores key themes from the ‘UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science’, and feature diverse participants and stakeholders who contributed to the development of the recommendations. Conversations will also highlight efforts to: advance open, equitable, community-driven infrastructure; cultivate knowledge democracy and plurality; nurture bibliodiversity and multilingualism; and amplify Indigenous and early-career knowledge perspectives — across different cultural, organizational, and geographic contexts.

Season 1 – Episodes & Transcripts


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Presented By:

Knowledge Equity Lab

Knowledge Equity Lab, housed at the University of Toronto Scarborough’s Centre for Global Development Studies, is a trans-disciplinary space that seeks to challenge multiple forms of exclusion within the structure of knowledge production and exchange. 

Produced By:

Rethinking Development

Unsettling Knowledge Inequities is produced by Safa Shahkhalili of the Rethinking Development podcast & studio.

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SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education.