Materials on “Data Governance”
The centrality of data to digital technologies poses challenges for policymakers and regulators looking to both harness their potential and manage new risks. Effective use of data will be central to improving businesses and public services – as revealed by a wide consultation conducted by the Pathways for Prosperity Commission. Without data standards to ensure a minimum quality of data, and regulatory frameworks to protect citizens (for example, from cyberattacks, data leakages, or fraud), the risks emerging from digital solutions will only grow.
However, to date, much of the global debate about data governance in international fora has been based on the priorities of richer nations. Governments and private sector actors in developed countries have been developing rules and standards which apply beyond the borders of a single jurisdiction. For example, the United States and the European Union have recently adopted rules with extraterritorial provisions (US CLOUD Act and the EU GDPR) which restrict the set of regulatory options available to other jurisdictions. In addition, terms of service and privacy policies developed by big tech companies (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google) are increasingly becoming de facto global standards.
Core goals of the workshops and sessions wiithing the IGF 2019 are e.g.
- discuss in which ways the debate around data governance has fallen short of the goals and priorities of developing countries in pursuit of technology-enabled growth, and what governments, businesses, civil society, and academia can do to ensure cross-border governance frameworks are better tailored to low- and middle-income countries.
- contribute to the design of the updated global digital cooperation architecture, under the IGF Plus model, raising awareness to the importance of considering the particularities of developing countries when designing international frameworks.
"Data governance is key to understanding and realizing the potentials of today's technified societies. Finding sensible data governance solutions means respecting individuals rights and ensuring social cohesision through enabling innovation-focused data access in the public interest, including to privately held data storages. It's about creating added value."
Matthias C. Kettemann, Leibniz Institute for Media Research, Hamburg
Workshops at IGF 2019
Tuesday, Nov 26
Wednesday, Nov 27
Thursday, Nov 28
Friday, Nov 29
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- DIPLO: Data Governance Introductory Session
- DIPLO: High-Level Internet Governance Exchange - Data Governance
- DIPLO: Data Governance and Competition
- DIPLO: On the Road to the IGF 2019 in Berlin
- DIPLO: Technological Innovation and Challenges to Data Governance
- UN-News: Internet Forum: Prioritize technologies most needed for sustainable development
- IGF 2019 Best Practices Forum on Internet of ThingsBig DataArtificial Intelligence. Draft BPF Output Report
- Online questionnaire IGF BPF IoT, Big Data, AI Survey
- Preparatory process to the “IGF 2019 BPF IoT, Big Data, AI draft output” (Meeting Summaries and Announcements)
- “Many Worlds Many Nets Many Visions. Critical Voices, Visions and Vectors for Internet Governance”, Edited by Katharina Mosene und Matthias C. Kettemann