The world’s first global network of stakeholders

fostering a holistic and innovative approach

to data governance.

The Datasphere can be defined as the ecosystem encompassing all types of data and the complex dynamics between data, human groups and norms.

Towards a Datasphere that fosters trust, prosperity, sustainability
and well-being for all. 

WHY IT MATTERS

How we govern the Datasphere will determine the future of human society in the 21st century and our capacity to deal with global challenges such as health, energy and climate.

Persisting mistrust among governments, companies, and civil society hampers the search for cooperative solutions for data governance.

 

Tensions are scaling up, marked by unilateral approaches to managing data flows and simplistic rallying slogans. 

 

Multiple structures and processes address interdependent data issues in separate silos, without systemic coordination and with only a few actors involved.

The lack of a common vocabulary and mechanism bridging these silos represents an institutional and procedural vacuum now evident to more and more actors. 

Organizing the Datasphere
calls for a bold paradigm shift
in how data governance models
are conceived and implemented.

A NEW, HOLISTIC & POSITIVE APPROACH

  • Fostering coordination among a diversity of actors,

  • Raising awareness by producing evidence-based analysis,

  • Accelerating the adoption of concrete proposals to overcome the current tensions and polarization around data,

 

  • Catalyzing human-centric technical, policy and institutional innovations.

Now is the time to be bold and innovative in enabling the opportunities and addressing the challenges of the technological revolution around us.

DRIVEN BY CORE VALUES

 
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Data is growing at an accelerated pace and increasingly underpins, affects, and reflects most human activities. However, legitimate concerns have emerged regarding security threats, economic imbalances, and human rights abuses that can impact a society increasingly dependent upon data.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT DATA

We Need to Talk About Data: Framing the Debate Around Free Flow of Data and Data Sovereignty

 

The report recommends three key actions for moving forward:

1. We need a debate that is global, multi-stakeholder, across sectors 
2. The discussion needs to be reframed to ensure that this complex and novel issue is addressed in a much more nuanced manner
3. The Report highlights the need to be innovative in the tools, frameworks and concepts we use to address the issue of data

Download the Executive Summary in:

TALKING ABOUT DATA BLOG

See what the Report's contributors said about the findings.

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WHO WE ARE

During its incubation phase, and in preparation for its formal incorporation, the Datasphere Initiative benefits from the operational support from the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The core leadership of the Datasphere Initiative is composed of its co-founders:

Datasphere Initiative fellows

INCUBATION

The Datasphere Initiative is incubated and catalyzed by the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network (I&JPN).

Since 2012, the I&JPN has facilitated a global dialogue on concrete jurisdictional tensions about the internet among more than 400 entities (governments, internet platforms, technical operators, civil society, academia, and international organizations) from 70 countries.

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is recognized as a key forum to help build evidence to inform future multilateral and plurilateral discussions on data free flow with trust and data localization measures. It was in particular referenced in the 2021 G7 Ministerial Declaration of the G7 Digital and Technology Ministers’ meeting along with the OECD and the G20 Digital Economy Task Force.

JOIN US

Job Opportunities

The Datasphere Initiative is hiring a Research Assistant to lead and support various foundational and core activities of this nascent mission-driven non-profit organization. 

The Datasphere Initiative is looking for a Communications and Events Intern to work on the organization of events, social media planning, and to contribute to digital communication campaigns.

How we collectively govern the Datasphere matters to everyone and we are developing ways to get you involved. 

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