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How Can Multilateral Organizations Strengthen Global Data Governance Practices? Roundtable Summary
December 06, 2021
This brief is based on a roundtable hosted by CGD as part of the Governing Data for Development project, which explores how governments can use data to support innovation, development, and inclusive growth while protecting citizens and communities against harm. The views expressed here are those of ...
Why Data Protection Matters for Development: The Case for Strengthening Inclusion and Regulatory Capacity
December 06, 2021
This note summarizes two years of research under the Center for Global Development project “Governing Data for Development,” led by Michael Pisa and Ugonma Nwankwo along with project co-chairs Pam Dixon and Benno Ndulu. The project was funded by the Hewlett Foundation and guided by a ...
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5 Unconventional Career Tips From Top Women In Data Science
August 31, 2021
Everything we do today relies on and/or uses data in some way or another. Research on any topic – from covid to climate to investing to your favorite sports team. Your smartphone. Your computer. Searching terms in Google or Bing or Yahoo or on Twitter or Instagram or on any website or platform. ...
Do Evolving Digital Trade Rules Create an Uneven Playing Field? Understanding Global Perspectives
August 09, 2021
When national data policies are harmonized, organizations can more easily participate in the global digital economy. But the process of harmonization is inherently political, as it involves countries aligning their domestic practices with a single set of standards and principles. Reflecting the asym...
Are Current Models of Data Protection Fit for Purpose? Understanding the Consequences for Economic Development
August 09, 2021
The rapid increase in the number of countries that have enacted data privacy regimes over the last decade promises greater protection of personal data for a growing share of the world’s inhabitants. But meaningful questions remain about the effectiveness of these regimes in practice, alongside conce...
What We're Reading in Summer 2021
August 04, 2021
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of vaccines and reopening, it was the age of the Delta variant and closing down again. For many of us, the past year and a half has been stranger than fiction, a whirlwind of emotions and uncertainties. We hope this year's summer re...
Governments Looking to Increase Women’s Economic Empowerment Might Want to Look in the Mirror
April 16, 2021
Government leaders worldwide are trumpeting the need for greater equality in the workplace. That’s the correct thing to do on the grounds of both rights and efficiency, but those leaders might want to start by looking within their own organizations. Today we publish a new policy paper that stu...
Unpacking Gender Gaps and Data Gaps in Public Sector Employment and Pay
April 12, 2021
We look at available sources to ask (i) Where is data available on employment and wages allowing for comparisons between women and men, and the public and private sectors? (ii) How do women’s employment, compensation, and seniority compare with men’s in the public and private sectors? (iii) How do g...
Why the World Needs More Women Data Scientists
March 08, 2021
Relying on biased information undermines the effectiveness of evidence-based policymaking. A potential source of bias in many datasets is that most of the world’s data scientists—i.e., the people who collect, organize, analyze data, and make decisions—are men.
Their Knowledge, Their Rights: Using Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property to Protect Communities
March 01, 2021
In the case of traditional knowledge, developing countries tend to be exporters rather than importers. They also tend to favor stronger protection of traditional knowledge through intellectual property laws, a position that distinctly contrasts with their calls for more flexible IP protect...