IGF Week Day 1 Discussion – Data Governance

Good evening,

I usually enjoy the KIGF Week discussions so I’m happy to chime in. I’ll keep it brief.

1) What is your view on the fundamental challenge of ensuring the benefits of the data revolution to contribute to inclusive economic development while protecting the rights of people?
Regulators shouldn’t be so quick to “regulate” because the people using data for good far outnumber those misusing data for bad. Organizations have a responsibility to not only ask for permission to use our data but also to clearly and in simple terms explain what they’ll be doing with it. Regular people need to become more aware of their rights and the dangers their various datasets may expose them to (practical use-case scenarios may help).

2) …What are your thoughts on our interactions with data in light of the above mentioned dynamics?
As a company that secures, analyzes and then presents insights of our client’s data with no issues so far, I say let everyone play their part with integrity and we’ll be fine. Forums like these are great because they encompass all parties and enable discussions like these.

3) …What would you consider as the best approaches to ensure the development of human-centric data governance frameworks at national, regional and international levels? How can we support and operationalize the exercise of human rights and the empowerment of individuals in their digital identity in current uses and the development of data-driven technologies?
Let this be a people-driven process which means that it starts with education, training and awareness. The traditional media have a role to play but so does the entertainment industry with special features, documentaries and even blockbuster films.

4) Kindly give consideration on how conditions needed to facilitate data-driven innovation can be created, to ensure competition, and to foster trust in the development of services and new technologies, including through the use of inclusive data and the fulfillment of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“Fresh” Open data is the simple answer to this question. As a company, we’re lucky that we can leverage our IT infrastructure and security service offering to earn trust before being granted access to our client’s data to analyze and draw insight from. Not every entity has that luxury but the capacity to analyze fresh datasets and draw insight from them is definitely there. Solution: Anonymize sample datasets then open it up! It’s a win-win for both the organization and the analyzing entity.

Regards,

EC

From: Rosemary Koech-Kimwatu via kictanet
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Subject: [kictanet] IGF Week Day 1 Discussion – Data Governance

Good morning listers, 

As we gear for this year’s Kenya Internet Governance Forum the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) would like to welcome you to a series of discussions derived from this year’s theme, One Kenya. One Net. One Vision.

This years’ first sub theme is Data Governance. Over the years players in the internet governance space have gained an appreciation of the need to be more vigilant in regards to the use of data are aware of their rights as both data providers and consumers. We would appreciate your thoughts on the following:-

1. What is your view on the fundamental challenge of ensuring the benefits of the data revolution to contribute to inclusive economic development while protecting the rights of people?
2. The global nature of the Internet and the transfer of digital information across borders brings an international dimension to discussions around data. The generation, collection, storage, transfer and processing of data (including personally identifiable data) have enabled new social, cultural, and economic opportunities than ever previously imagined. At the same time, the massive collection, transfer  and processing of data (in particular through the application of algorithms/AI/machine learning) by public as well as private entities pose challenges around privacy, freedom of expression and the exercise of other human rights. Today in Kenya there are two pieces of legislation on Data Protection in both houses of parliament. What are your thoughts on our interactions with data in light of the above mentioned dynamics?
3. Data and human rights are today intertwined, would you consider as the  best approaches to ensure the development of human-centric data governance frameworks at national, regional and international levels. How can we  support and operationalize the exercise of human rights and the empowerment of individuals in their digital identity in current uses and the development of data-drivent technologies? 
4. Kindly give consideration on  how conditions needed to facilitate data-driven innovation can be created, to ensure competition, and to foster trust in the development of services and new technologies, including through the use of inclusive data and the fulfillment of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Rosemary Koech-Kimwatu
Advocate 
Legal and Regulatory Specialist- Oxygene MCL
Tel: +254 718 181644

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