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[Simple] 6 data policy issues experts are tracking right now

For the Global Technology Governance Summit, on 6-7 April 2021 six experts were asked: What is the key issue in data policy that is top of mind for you right now?

[Intermediate] World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives

Data is a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty—one that can potentially transform the lives of poor people. But it’s also a double-edged sword. New rules of the road are called for—a social contract for data—to get more value out of data while protecting people against harm and ensuring access and representation.

[Intermediate] Right to life of poor more important than elite class' privacy concerns

The Modi government submitted before the Supreme Court that right to life of millions of poor in the country through food, shelter and welfare measures was far more important than privacy concerns raised by the elite class.

[Simple] White House leaves vaccine "passports" to private sector

Andy Slavitt (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) said during a White House COVID-19 briefing: "[...] the government here is not viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens. We view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do. What's important to us, and we're leading an interagency process right now to go through these details, are that some important criteria be met with these credentials."

More corona news discussed on Slack:

[Advanced] Study on Nordic-Baltic Trust Services

“Digital trust services” includes electronic signatures, security certificates and similar, essential for the trust in online services. Study on Nordic-Baltic Trust Services provides insight and overview of the Nordic-Baltic “trust services landscape”. The bottom line: even culturally and legally very similar countries can develop vastly different tendencies to trust things and different implementations for the same function of identity.

[Simple] The Counterintuitive Way to be More Persuasive (Video: 10:19min)

Each of us is trying to convince somebody on something at times. Turns out that when choosing your arguments, less (high quality) is more.

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Happy Easter!

Board and Steering Committee


Recurring calls:

Other postings:

  • Jogi shared the latest updates about Data Governance Act
  • Teemu informed that the staff takes a few days off during easter and is back at full strength next week's Friday
  • Paul points to the SSI Orbit Podcast where he talked in Episode #6 about The Importance of Data Inputs and Semantics for SSI - listen here
  • André started at esatus AG the 3-year IDunion program co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Magnus is developing a new kind of social development platform and looks for people interested
  • Paul-Olivier referred to a Kialo Debate on Data Ownership
  • Alex asked about the history/origins of the MyData movement and a thread with many interesting postings followed
  • Fredrik forwarded a question from the Good Health Pass Collaborative about that they are looking for MyData Operators in their working group
  • Johannes wondered if there are any best practices for how to deal with Quality Assurance and software testing when personal data is involved
  • Chris started another MyData chat on Clubhouse on Sunday, March 28th

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