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.
CEO, Open Knowledge Foundation
Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Deputy Director-General IT Strategy, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, Japan
Chairperson, Brazilian Network Information Centre (NIC.br)
Executive Director, Research ICT Africa (RIA)
Deputy Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative
Director, Omidyar Network
Bertrand de La Chapelle
Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative
Economic Affairs Officer, United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative
Fellow, Datasphere Initiative
Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics, United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Chief Impact & Partnerships Officer, Datasphere Initiative
Ambassador and Director of International Affairs, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Digital and Transport, Government of Germany
Director of Communications, Datasphere Initiative
Andrew W. Wyckoff
Director of the OECD's Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI)