UNCTAD eCommerce Week Thematic Session on Data Solutions

Datasphere Initiative and D4D Global Research Hub (D4D.net)
April 28, 2022
12pm - 1pm (Geneva time)

Developing countries are facing increasing pressure to deal with the exponential growth of data production and use and the resulting complex challenges this creates for data governance, data sovereignty, data protection, and inclusion.

To address these challenges the Datasphere Initiative is designing a set of capacity-building efforts and innovative policy frameworks such as Data Sandboxes and Datasphere Dialogues.

At this session, we discussed innovative data governance approaches and participants were encouraged to reflect on how to design and implement new legal and policy tools to harness opportunities from data in developing countries, unlocking its value for all.

The exchange highlighted the legal and technical solutions that are emerging from government, intergovernmental organizations, but also the private sector and civil society, particularly from the global south.

Read about the discussion in this summary.

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Thelma Efua Quaye

Head Digital Infrastructure and Capacity Building, Smart Africa

Maiko Meguro

Principal Deputy Director, Office of International Strategy and Affairs, Commerce and Information Policy Bureau, METI, Japan

Lorrayne Porciuncula

Executive Director, Datasphere Initiative

Carolina Rossini

Chief Impact and Partnership Officer, Datasphere Initiative

Fabrizio Scrollini

Researcher, Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA), Member of the Open Data Network for Development (OD4D)

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