Data and related issues and developments in the public sector have become increasingly important in terms of government analysis and operations, academic research, and real-world applicability and acceptance. Data are now integral to every sector and function of government—as essential as physical assets and human resources. Much of the operational activity in government is now data-driven or data-centric, and many Governments would find it difficult, if not impossible, to function effectively without data.
This Open Forum organized by UN DESA/DPIDG at the Internet Governance Forum 2022 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, seeks to address existing challenges and gaps in digital data governance, data management and cooperation, focusing on enhancing the institutional capacities of countries to utilize, manage and govern data in a comprehensive, objective and evidence-based manner, through regional and global cooperation. The aim is to build the awareness about the institutional capacities of government officials and stakeholders in countries, especially those in Africa and the Asia Pacific region.
Hybrid interaction will be facilitated, including through in-person and/or virtual participation of national/local government and non-government stakeholders from selected countries in Africa and Asia Pacific. More information is available here.
1. Given the centrality of data for development, Governments must employ a holistic, whole-of-government approach in developing and implementing an integrated national data governance framework. But not many countries have done so. Why?
2. Is a framework approach to national data governance useful? Why?
3. Is a multistakeholder approach to national data governance useful? Why?
4. What are the interlinkages between national data governance and global data governance?
- Juwang Zhu, Director, Division for Public Institutions and Digital Government (DPIDG), United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA)
- H.E. Huria Ali, State Minister, Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Ethiopia - Meng Qingguo, School of Public Policy and Management (SPPM), Tsinghua University; Executive President of Institute for Governance Studies
- Hon. Akanvariba Lydia Lamisi, Member of Parliament, Ghana
- Mr. Yoichi IIDA (Deputy Director General for G7 and G20 Relations, Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
- Marielza Oliveira, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring; Communications and Information, UNESCO - Lily Edinam Botsyoe (Ghana Youth IGF)
Deniz Susar (UN DESA, DPIDG); Mesfin Kifle (Addis Ababa University) Online Moderator Louise Marie (London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE))
Wai Min Kwok (UN DESA, DPIDG); Rachael Purcell (UN DESA, DPIDG)
Elements of Data Governance Framework (Part 1):
National data leadership; data standards and classification; data sharing, exchange and interoperability
Elements of Data Governance Framework (Part 2):
Data security (in relation to cybersecurity and sustainable development); data privacy and ethics
UN E-Government Survey 2020 Chapter 6 on data governance