Sandboxes are collaborative environments that test innovative technologies and data practices against regulatory frameworks, or experiment with new uses, capabilities, and means of governing data. While the use of sandboxes has been spreading in Africa, capacity building, sharing of good practices, and active testing are still needed in order to meet its full potential to address data issues across borders in the continent.
Launched on the occasion of the Africa Law Tech Festival in Nairobi, Kenya on July 12, 2023, the Datasphere Initiaitve’s Africa Forum on Sandboxes for Data will convene leaders in government, industry, academia, civil society, and the technical community, to harness local perspectives and create trusted data-sharing solutions to address cross-border challenges in health, finance, sustainability, and AI in the continent.
An online kick-off workshop took place on July 18, 2023 to provide an opportunity for the Datasphere Initiative and project partners to present the project and engagement opportunities to professionals across the region.
The workshop also launched the Online Course on Sandboxes for Data which provides policymakers and shapers with the necessary skills to realize operational and regulatory sandboxes.