Data Colonialism: The New Frontier in Corporate Governance and the ‘Corporations and Human Rights’ Discourse.

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Governance Journal


This paper provides an overview of corporate governance scholarship from inception to-date and situates the current issue of managing Big Data within corporate governance practice and scholarship. Its aim is to highlight the possible impact of Big Data on current corporate governance practice and regulation with a view to encouraging further research on the same. Whilst digitisation has aided advances in good corporate governance practice and regulation, the effects of digitisation have not all been positive: a significant number of corporate governance scandals today are digital. With a focus on data mining, this paper explores this phenomenon, Africa’s readiness for it and the surrounding issues it raises both within corporate governance and human rights. That Big Corporations are able to mine data without the data subjects knowledge and use it to their advantage without the data subject’s informed consent and compensation has resulted in a phenomenon referred to as ‘data colonialism’. This paper evaluates the extent to which Africa and in particular Kenya is prepared for the current world of data harvesting and assesses the need for effective data mining regulation in Africa. It considers the effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on Kenya’s Data Protection Act and questions whether Kenya’s legal framework can effectively deal with data mining while highlighting the role that corporate governance has in improving accountability in the way Big Corporations handle data.




Data Colonialism, Corporate Governance, Corporations and Human Rights


Musikali, L. M. (2022). Data Colonialism: The New Frontier in Corporate Governance and the ‘Corporations and Human Rights’ Discourse.. Governance Journal. Vol. 1(3), 2022