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Please RSVP Now for ICT4D Principle 8: Address Privacy & Security in Development Programs

By Wayan Vota on April 9, 2015


In recent years, ICTs such as mobile phone apps, web-based mapping technologies and data-mining techniques have been incorporated into development programmes, ranging from public health campaigns to assisting farming communities, to re-uniting refugees. However, the opportunities presented by these innovations simultaneously raise valid concerns about privacy and data security.

In this context, Principle 8 of the Principles for Digital Development proposes ICT4D programmes:

  • Assess and mitigate risks to the security of users and their data,
  • Consider the context and needs for privacy of personal data when designing solutions,
  • Ensure equity and fairness in co-creation,
  • And protect the best interests of the end-users.

Please RSVP now to join UN Global Pulse and your learned peers for an in-person event to discuss practical measures to incorporate privacy and security as outlined in Principle 8 into the design of any technology-enabled development programme, guided by practical experience of privacy and security experts.

We will be seeking answers to questions like:

  • What does data privacy or security mean in the context of a technology-enabled development program?
  • How can we manage risk when designing big data for development projects?
  • Who has successfully integrated data privacy and data security into programs?
  • What does successful consideration of data privacy and data security look like?
  • What are the potential consequences if data security and privacy policies fail?
  • Where can we find resources and peers to help guide us?

We’ll start with several interactive discussion sessions on privacy and security, then we’ll have engaging breakout groups that focus on real world applications and challenges related to Principle 8. By the time we finish, we’ll have a solid understanding how to incorporate privacy and security into development programs.

Our event will be guided by these thought leaders:

  • Ms Liudmyla Romanoff, Privacy Officer at UN Global Pulse
  • Mr Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel, AccessNow
  • Kathy Joe, Director of International Standards & Government Affairs, ESOMAR
  • Mr Thomas Braun, Chief of Global Security & Architecture, UN Office of ICT
  • Please note: This is an in-person only event and all participants must RSVP via this Google Form.

    Principle 8: Privacy and Security
    Friday, May 8th, 2015
    8:30 AM to 1:00 PM
    United Nations HQ
    New York, NY

    For more information, check out www.ict4dprinciples.org or contact Anoush Tatevossian on [email protected].

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    Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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