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IGF Workshop: How Can Privacy help us harness Big Data for Social Good

5 December, 2016 at 12:00 AM - 9 December, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST

(Jalisco, Mexico) Mobile phone data can be used to help solve some of the most pressing public policy needs of our times – from managing traffic in congested and polluted urban environments to understanding and preventing the spread of diseases. Analysis of mobile data can offer important insights to governments and institutions when making policy decisions, whether it’s about maximising citizen welfare or allocating critical resources in the aftermath of natural disasters. Such insights can not only save people’s lives but also enable inclusive and sustainable growth through the creation of jobs (e.g in data analytics) and lead to economic growth. Public and private organisations, researchers and citizen groups are currently experimenting, innovating and adapting to our increasingly connected world where more and more data are created, faster and more detailed than ever before.

This session is aimed at bringing together individuals with a shared interest in the field of Big Data analytics with a view to (a) sharing their experiences and real-life examples of how aggregated data (including mobile data) are used to benefit citizens and consumers in ‘social good’ contexts (tracking diseases, disaster response, targeting humanitarian aid etc.); and (b) expressing views on how the various stakeholders in a Big Data value chain can best address privacy challenges where personal data are involved while maintaining the sustainability of Big Data innovation.

Speakers confirmed:

  • Miguel Calderon Lelo de Larrea (Telefonica)
  • Reveyrand-de Menthon, Michel (Orange)
  • Alexandrine de Corbion (Privacy International)
  • Fernando Sosa (INAI – Mexican Data Protection Authority)
  • Romanoff, Mila (UN Global Pulse)
  • Wojtan, Boris (GSMA)


5 December, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST
9 December, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST
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