Update to our blog item “Recommendations submitted to UN data revolution Expert Advisory Group” from October 28th. The final report from the UN Expert Advisory Group, titles “A World that Counts, mobilising the data revolution for sustainable development” was published in November 2014. While the primary focus of the report is on the potential for using rich data sources to improve local and global policy making towards achieving sustainable development, the report also acknowledges that the data revolution comes with a range of new risks.
“Fundamental elements of human rights have to be safeguarded: privacy, respect for minorities or data sovereignty requires us to balance the rights of individuals with the benefits of the collective.”
“Much of the new data is collected passively, from the ‘digital footprints’ people leave behind, from sensor-enabled objects or is inferred via algorithms. The growing gap between the data people actively offer and the amounts of “massive and passive” data being generated and mediated by third parties fuels anxiety among individuals and communities.”
From a CaSMa perspective, this report highlights once more the need for continued efforts to establish and promote the use of responsible and ethical approaches to dealing with human data.