Launch of the Datasphere Initiative

Datasphere Initiative
April 5, 2022
1pm - 3pm UTC

The Datasphere Initiative was publicly launched on April 5, 2022. The event took place on the occasion of a G7 Multistakeholder Meeting under the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Germany taking place on April 6, 2022.

Over 290 participants attended the virtual event on April 5, 2022. The list of participating entities can be accessed here.

Convening panels of policy leaders from the OECD, UN ECLAC, UNCTAD, governments of Japan, Germany, and Switzerland, philanthropic organizations such as the Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network, as well business leaders from Microsoft and Google, such as the co-inventor of the Internet Vint Cerf, the message from the Datasphere Initiative launch event on April 5, was clear: now is the time to come together to build a collaboratively governed Datasphere and experiment responsibly with new governance frameworks to deal with major global challenges.

During the event, the Datasphere Initiative’s first flagship report “The Datasphere Governance Atlas” was released. The report is a new resource to map organizations working on data and showcase the work of this expanding community.


Video and photos of the event:


Renata Avila

CEO, Open Knowledge Foundation

Christopher Calabrese

Senior Director, Privacy Policy, Microsoft

Vint Cerf

Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Seitaro Fujita

Deputy Director-General IT Strategy, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, Japan

Demi Getschko

Chairperson, Brazilian Network Information Centre (NIC.br)

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director, Research ICT Africa (RIA)

Martin Hullin

Deputy Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative

Sushant Kumar

Director, Omidyar Network

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative

Georgina Nuñez

Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative

Kassy Raymond

Fellow, Datasphere Initiative

Shamika Sirimanne

Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics, United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Carolina Rossini

Chief Impact & Partnerships Officer, Datasphere Initiative

Thomas Schneider

Ambassador and Director of International Affairs, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)

Stefan Schnorr

State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, Government of Germany

Sophie Tomlinson

Director of Communications, Datasphere Initiative

Andrew W. Wyckoff

Director of the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)

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