About us

The Datasphere Initiative is a non-profit dedicated to global collaboration on technical and policy solutions for the urgent, multidimensional, and cross-border challenges of data governance.

We do this by connecting and amplifying voices from stakeholders from across sectors, conducting research on concrete data challenges and opportunities, experimenting with policy and technical data-sharing solutions and working with decision makers to enact change in data governance narratives, policies and strategies.


Build agile frameworks to responsibly unlock the value of data for all.


A collaboratively governed datasphere that improves people’s lives and helps humanity deal with global challenges. 


Bring a new, holistic and positive approach to the governance of the Datasphere.

Provide a platform to unlock the social and economic value of data access and use.

Improve coordination and accelerate the adoption of concrete proposals to overcome the current tensions and polarization around data.

Produce evidence-based analysis on data policy issues.

Catalyze human-centric technical, policy, and institutional innovations.

Our Values


We understand that real progress in addressing long-term challenges takes time and sustained iterative efforts.


Our debates, analysis and proposed solutions address concrete challenges and opportunities, both current and emergent.


We strive to advance autonomy and self-determination for individuals and groups by sharing the information and tools needed to enable well-informed decisions for all.


We believe solutions are better designed and actioned upon when all impacted stakeholders are involved and collaborate in developing them.


We dare to creatively challenge conventional wisdom, including our own, promoting experimentation at every level, from moonshot ambitions right down to organizing our daily work.


We believe in the capacity of everyone to contribute and we provide a safe space for an inclusive and systemic debate on the inter-connected issues our global civilization faces.


The Datasphere Initiative has been incubated by the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network – a multistakeholder organization addressing the tension between the cross-border nature of the internet and national jurisdictions. Read more about the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network here.

April 2021
Release of the report “We Need to Talk About Data: Framing the Debate Around the Free Flow of Data and Data Sovereignty” on the occasion of a Virtual Conference on Governance Innovation for Cross-border Data Flows, organized by the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network and the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry of Japan.
June 2021
Incubation of the Datasphere Initiative is catalyzed by the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network, with the definition of priority activities and outreach to potential partners to inform strategy implementation and support fundraising.
September 2021
Development of strategic and work plans, initiate organizational and conceptual benchmarks and elaborate a roadmap for program activities (Dialogue, Intelligence, and Lab).
December 2021
The first meeting of the Network of the Datasphere Initiative, additional partnerships established, recruitment of supporting staff, and fundraising for 2022- 23.
April 2022
Launch of the Datasphere Initiative: “Responsibly unlocking the value of data for all” at a virtual event taking place on April 5, 2022 - on the occasion of a G7 multistakeholder meeting hosted by the Government of Germany. The launch event marked the release of the Datasphere Initiative flagship report, the “Datasphere Governance Atlas”.
September 2022
On September 22, 2022 the Datasphere Initiative was founded as a not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Switzerland appointing a Board of Trustees. The news was announced at the second meeting of the Network of the Datasphere Initiative which took place during an online meeting on October 5, 2022.
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December 2021
April 2022
September 2022

Annual report 2022

This annual report presents the organization’s learnings, impact and what is coming next.

Where we are

The Datasphere Initiative is a not-for-profit foundation headquartered in Switzerland with a global footprint.

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