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Did you know that the Datasphere Initiative is devising a benchmark of more than 200 organizations to understand the ecosystem related to data governance? We will share more about this project soon but as a sneak peek: among the sampled organizations, health seems to be most covered topic with 21%, followed by the energy and climate sector with 18%.

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Every month the team will provide a run-down of the innovations, activities, and initiatives that we have spotted related to  #datagovernance. 


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January 2022 in the Datasphere

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Initiatives to Watch

5 organization-wide data principles which help lay the foundations for sound data

DataReady exists to help the sustainable development and humanitarian sectors navigate the complexities of data governance so that they can better understand, apply and track the value that data generates for society as a whole.  Among many other projects, they supported the WHO in the identification of gaps and opportunities to strengthen the implementation of their data-sharing policies. As a result, they developed a set of five organization-wide data principles which help lay the foundations for sound data governance and help drive internal WHO decision-making.

The GovLab and UNICEF, as part of the Responsible Data for Children Initiative (R4DC), launched a new tool. 22 Questions to Assess Responsible Data for Children is an audit tool to help stakeholders involved in the administration of data systems that handle data for and about children align their practices with the RD4C principles. They provide a framework through which users can assess their current efforts, as well as concrete recommendations for bolstering data responsibility by mitigating risks of both misuse and missed use of data.


What we are reading

A Global Data Convention to safeguard sustainable development

Most recent article co-authored by Steve MacFeely, Haishan Fu and Angela Me on the need for a Global Data Convention to safeguard sustainable development.

Read here

3 Take-Aways from the UN World Data Forum

Article written by Eugenia Olliaro Programme Officer - Responsible Data for Children at UNICEF where she shares three takeaways from the UN World Data Forum, hosted in Bern from 3 to 6 October 2021 to foster “better data towards achieving the SDGs.’”

Read here.

The Social Life of Algorithmic Harms

Call for Applications

Data & Society has announced their next online workshop’s Call for Applications. The topic will be The Social Life of Algorithmic Harms and it will be hosted by Data & Society’s AI on the Ground Initiative on Thursday, March 10 - Friday, March 11, 2022 in New York City United States  and/or online.

Learn More and Apply to participate here.

Proposals to organize a session at the UNCTAD e-Commerce Week

The next edition of the UNCTAD eCommerce Week, organized in collaboration with the eTrade for all and other partners will be held from 25 to 29 April 2022 simultaneously online and at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland under the theme Data and Digitalization for Development. Interested in organizing a session?  

To qualify, all proposals must be submitted online via this form by 10 January 2022. 

Dates for the Diary

December 8, 2021

12:00 (EST)

The Center for Data Innovation will host a discussion about the ways lawmakers and regulators can optimize data portability provisions, avoid pitfalls, and foster a new wave of data-driven innovation.

December 9-10, 2021

8:30-18:00 (CET)

The European Commission and the EIP-AGRI Support Facility are organizing the online workshop 'Farm data for better farm performance'.

December 7-10, 2021

The Internet Governance Forum taking place in Poland and has a number of events on data that will be worth a watch.

December 6, 2021

17.15-18.45 (CET)

At the GigaNet Annual Symposium of Internet Scholars Parallel Sessions 3 at Panel 3B: Mapping Agency and Stakeholder Dynamics Datasphere Fellow Asaf Lubin will discuss The prohibition on extraterritorial enforcement jurisdiction in the Datasphere.

December 6, 2021

15:15 - 16:15 (CET)

Day 0 Event #104 Do we know how much out data is worth?  Organized by Polish Economic Institute.

December 7, 2021

13:45 - 14:45 (CET)

IGF Open Forum #12 Digital Self Determination: next steps  organized by Switzerland, Swiss Foreign Affairs Department, Federal Office of Communications.

December 7, 2021

16:15 - 17:15 (CET)

IGF 2021 Open Forum #18 Harmonizing regulation for cross border data flows organized by GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.

December 8, 2021

10:45 - 11:45 (CET)

IGF Open Forum #14 Promoting common understanding on global data governance  organized by Japan, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

December 8, 2021

13:50 - 14:50 (CET)

IGF Workshop: Data justice: What is to be done?  Organized by Research ICT Africa.

December 9, 2021

14:00 - 15:30 (CET)

IGF Workshop: Trustworthy data flows – what’s at stake and what is needed? Organized by ICC BASIS & Microsoft


Opportunities to engage