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Data for Development Network Newsletter
December 2022
Welcome to the final Data for Development Network (D4D.net) newsletter for 2022. We are thrilled to look back at some of the project milestones of the past year. Learn more about the activities of D4D.net, including project updates, blogs, publications, and the latest info on our regional and global initiatives. Please feel free to share with your networks.

Project Highlights

The Global Index on Responsible AI 

One year ago, the Global Index on Responsible AI (Global Index) was launched during the 2021 Summit for Democracy. In the past year, we also published the Global Index website — the home for Global Index blogs, event updates, and detailed information about the project. To support planning for the Index, we have hosted a number of regional and thematic consultative webinars including the Feminism and AI Workshop that brought together experts from India, Latin America and Africa to foster a collective view on what Feminist AI means for the Global South and to reflect on the relevance and utility of the Global Index for advancing feminist-led initiatives. In November, we also attended our first Paris Peace Forum where the Index was showcased as one of the 10 “Scale-up” program recipients. We are honoured that the Global Index was selected and considered among the most relevant and important projects.

The State of Open Data

Over the past few months, the State of Open Data team has successfully hosted two rounds of the State of Open Data Roundtables. They have also been working with experts around the world to update the original State of Open Data, which was originally published almost five years ago. To date, we have hosted expert roundtable discussions on the impact of open data on AI, Anti-Corruption, Climate Action, Gender, National Statistics, Education, Corporate Ownership, Land Ownership, Agriculture, and Crime and Justice. Learn more about all the progress to date as we work toward the revised edition of the State of Open Data in this blog by Amina Nzinga.

Global Data Barometer

The first edition of the Global Data Barometer (GDB) was launched on May 11, 2022, providing a critical benchmark on the current state of data for the public good around the globe. The results were launched along with an open access database and a narrative report available in English, Spanish and French. In the last few months, Dr. Silvana Fumega, Nicolás Grossman, and David Zamora have attended conferences, webinars, and consultative forums to generate community dialogue around the findings. More recently, on December 10, 2022, Silvana presented  "Using the Global Data Barometer to Advance Political Integrity Transparency in OGP Commitments" in collaboration with our partners, Transparency International and the Open Government Partnership, at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Washington DC.

Just today, Access Info Europe, the Global Data Barometer regional partner for Europe, launched the GDB results for 21 countries in Europe along with reports analysing all the regional results including The State of Data for the Public Good in Europe and Untangling Transparency: Right to Information Data in Europe.

Global Partner Highlights

Open Data Watch
In preparation for the Data for Policy Conference, Open Data Watch has published the Open Data Resource Guide. The guide is a powerful resource for informing policies, increasing transparency, and measuring progress on the availability and use of open data.
Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network recently launched the “Framing, Mapping and Addressing Cross-Border Digital Policies in Africa” report. The report explores the importance of policy coordination to building an inclusive and vibrant digital economy in Africa.

Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency
New publication from Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT) - Global Data Barometer’s Public Finance Module step-by-step guide. The guide aims to facilitate understanding and use of the GDB public finance module.

The Datasphere Initiative
New publication from Tim Davies, a fellow at the Datasphere Initiative, that provides a preliminary mapping of academic literature on data governance and explores the emerging conceptual framework of the “Datasphere” and how it relates to current research.

Resource Centre

D4D Network Resource Centre

The Resource Centre continues to grow as a repository of knowledge and now includes over 650 resources designed to help academia, civil society, and governments work together to discover, manage, and use data for development. Discover publications such as ILDA’s Guide for the Collection of Migration Data, designed to contribute to help build better public policies around both migrant reception and diaspora management. Also available is D4DAsia’s Handbook on Parliamentary Affairs and Open Data that has compiled research and open government data efforts in relation to parliamentary affairs, public administration, and law.

Latest Blogs

Gathering the Latest News on the State of Open Data

The State of Open Data: Histories and Horizons was originally developed and published almost five years ago to reflect on 10 years of community action on open data, examining its role in addressing social and economic challenges across a variety of sectors, regions, and communities. Over the past few years, projects and initiatives around the world have continued to work on using open data to address a myriad of socio-economic development challenges. Read more.

Children's Rights to Data Protection and Privacy in the Digital Age: Existing Laws and Policies

The digital age has significantly altered the way in which children exercise and realise their rights. Children can engage, communicate, share, play, and learn in previously unimaginable ways as a result of access to the internet and other digital technologies. Digital technology and connectivity are fundamentally becoming part of the day-to-day lives of children, informing both their interactions and education. This has generated both unprecedented opportunities and challenges. Read more.

Data Revolution or Data Bust?

Incentives and imperatives for private sector-led initiatives in Caribbean data ecosystems - This blog outlines findings from the global study, “Exploring the private sector’s role in the data revolution for sustainable development,” which was funded by the International Development Research Centre and led by Cepei and LIRNEasia. Read more.

What is the Private Sector Doing in Latin America?

What is the private sector doing in Latin America to make more and better data available for the SDGs? - This blog highlights findings from the SDG Acceleration Roadmap initiative, financed by IDRC and coordinated by Cepei and LIRNEasia, that mapped private sector data initiatives in Latin America which contribute to strengthening data capacities to monitor and achieve the SDGs. Read more.

Network Watch

Call for Papers

  • Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) - CIPIT invites professionals and students from academia, civil society, research centres, policy centres, and think tanks to submit papers for inclusion in the first Conference on the State of Artificial Intelligence in Africa (COSAA) - conference proceedings to be held in March 2023. The conference will take place at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya from March 16 to March 17, 2023 as a hybrid event (in-person and virtual). Deadline: 31 December, 2022.

Publications

  • Derechos Digitales - Derechos Digitales Co-Executive Director, Jamila Venturini, spoke on the Opening Day of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), on behalf of civil society. During her speech, now published, Jamila stressed the role of the IGF “in fostering human rights, gender and environmental justice perspectives into digital cooperation and internet governance conversations toward the digital future that we want.” The full transcription is available here.
  • Derechos Digitales - Derechos Digitales published the fifth instalment of the “¿Quién defiende tus datos?” (available in Spanish). The report is an evaluation of how Chilean internet service providers protect their clients’ data, especially in the face of possible abuses by state authorities.
Funding Opportunity
  • Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT) - CIPIT invites proposals from policy research organisations based on the African continent that are committed to using research to inform and influence national-level artificial intelligence (AI) policies and laws. This funding opportunity will provide funding to three (3) AI policy research organisations to develop Responsible AI frameworks specific to the African continent in the education, agricultural, health, or legal sector. Learn more. Deadline: 15 January, 2023.

Opportunities

Call for Expressions of Interest The International Development Research Centre is inviting potential consultants to perform work on “Measuring Data Values around the World”. This consultancy aims to explore how to use data from the Global Data Barometer (GDB) to measure progress toward the framework set out in the Data Values White Paper, “Reimagining Data and Power: A roadmap for putting values at the heart of data” and the corresponding Data Values Manifesto. For more information, see full posting here.

D4D.net - D4D.net is a global research alliance that works to strengthen collaboration across a broad network of stakeholders by developing and mobilising the knowledge needed to advance the ethical use of data to address critical development challenges across the Global South. We are looking to expand the pool of professionals & collaborators that work with us and have a range of potential positions available, both part time and full time. If you are interested in working with us, learn more about us here and fill out the form here.


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