Sandboxes for data

Datasphere Initiative
May 25, 2022
1pm - 2pm (UTC)

On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, the Datasphere Initiative hosted a virtual event to mark the release of its reportSandboxes for data: creating spaces for agile solutions across borders” produced with the support of the United Kingdom’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

The report kick-started the Datasphere Initiative’s work to examine the model of cross-border sandboxes for data, what they could stand for, and how they could offer workable solutions for complex data challenges.

It provides a roadmap for policymakers on how to design and initiate cross-border sandboxes for data and explores how sandboxes could help address the cross-border nature of data value chains, complementing multilateral negotiations which can be lengthy in achieving consensus. 

Policymakers and stakeholders across sectors and geographies were invited to a presentation of the report followed by a panel discussion with experts across government and the private sector. 

Participants were invited to share their own cross-sectoral innovations – from emerging intermediaries to privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) and react to the challenges and opportunities sandboxes could provide in wider applications of data-flows to tackle friction and bottlenecks within sectors from trade, health, mobility, and biodiversity genomics.

The presentation of the report is available here.

Video and photos of the event:


Norberto Andrade

Global Policy Lead for AI Ethics, Open Loop

Morgane Donse

Deputy Director, International Data Unit UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport

Bertrand de La Chapelle

Chief Vision Officer, Datasphere Initiative

Anne Josephine Flanagan

Data Policy & Governance Lead World Economic Forum Centre, Fourth Industrial Revolution

Molly Lesher

Senior Digital Economist/Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

Maiko Meguro

Principal Deputy Director, Unit of International Affairs, Commerce and Information Bureau, METI, Japan

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative

Future events

Regulatory Roundtable #4: Sandboxes and Health Data Challenges


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