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Workshop on ICT4D Principle 8: Address Privacy & Security in Development Programs

8 May, 2015 at 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT

(New York, USA) On 8 May, 2015 Global Pulse will host a workshop on Privacy & Security in technology-enabled development projects and programmes, as part of a series of events related to the Principles for Digital Development.

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 should:

  • 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.


The half-day workshop 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.

The discussions will be guided by these thought leaders (and more to be confirmed soon):

  • Mr Thomas Braun, Chief of Global Security & Architecture, UN Office of ICT
  • Mr David Kaye, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Dr Micah Altman, Director of Research, Program on Information Science, MIT
  • Mr Clayton Sims, VP of Mobile Development and Head of Research & Development, Dimagi
  • Ms Kathy Joe, Director of International Standards & Government Affairs, ESOMAR
  • Mr Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel, AccessNow
  • Mr Gary Fowlie, Head, ITU Liaison Office to the United Nations
  • Ms Liudmyla Romanoff, Privacy Officer at UN Global Pulse


Event details: Friday, May 8th, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at United Nations HQ, New York, NY



8 May, 2015
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
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