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August 2020

Harnessing mobile phone data in response to COVID-19 – Online webinar series

17 August - 28 August
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The COVID-19 crisis represents a unique moment in history, when there has never been greater unity of purpose across stakeholders, greater need for new ways of working, and greater opportunity to advance collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals and our development agenda. UN Global Pulse invites officers from National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in Africa to join a 10 session webinar series focused on the use of mobile data to inform the current COVID-19 pandemic with regard to immediate response, its socio-economic effects, and…

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September 2020

International Data Sharing and Artificial Intelligence Cooperation in Global Public Health Emergencies: A Virtual Roundtable

2 September at 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

Governments and private actors are leveraging the power of big data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to monitor and contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Secure, timely and reliable data collection and sharing on a global scale are critical to understanding how the virus spreads, maximizing the effectiveness of government policies, and promoting international cooperation in the race to create and distribute therapies and vaccines. A demand for closer, forward-looking international collaboration has emerged from the current crisis. Yet, national…

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AIS Big Data Hackathon

3 September at 8:00 AM - 6 September at 5:00 PM EDT
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The United Nations Statistics Division, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and UN Global Pulse are jointly, in collaboration with MarineTraffic and consultation with AIS Task Team members, organizing a remote participation Hackathon from 3-6 September. The Hackathon is calling on teams to explore the use of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data to inform COVID-19 response and to assist the world in its fight against climate change. AIS is a tracking system for ships, originally developed for collision…

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2020 GVN Special Annual Meeting: Epidemics & Pandemics in the Modern Era

22 September - 23 September
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The Global Virus Network is holding a 2020 GVN Special Annual Meeting to address epidemics and pandemics in the modern era. The meeting will bring together members and representatives of GVN Centers of Excellence globally to facilitate international collaborations and sharing of information. Specifically, this meeting will focus on lessons learned from previous and current viral diseases and preparedness for the second wave of SARS-CoV-2 and future pandemics. UN Global Pulse is happy to participate in the session on Information…

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October 2020

Protecting Human Rights During the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond: Digital Pandemic Surveillance and the Right to Privacy

5 October at 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM EDT
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The application of machine learning (ML) and other artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities without careful consideration and due diligence can add additional layers of obscurity, complexity, and rapid scalability that may exacerbate threats to privacy and other rights. This high-level multi-stakeholder panel – composed of experts from government, international organizations, civil society, and the private sector – aims to delve into the implications of increased surveillance on human rights, during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, narrowing in on contact tracing, the…

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Data Science for Social Good Summit

14 October
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The summit is a free online event that will take place across 6 days (October 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th and 21st), between 5 and 8 pm. The event is co-organized by DSSG Portugal, SoGooD²ata and Nova SBE and has the following main goals: Inspire NGOs and governmental institutions, by using practical examples on how to apply Data Science; Inspire digital and data professionals to apply their knowledge in the social good sector; Train NGOs, governmental institutions and digital and…

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UN World Data Forum

19 October - 21 October
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The UN World Data Forum brings together data and statistical experts and users from governments, civil society, the private sector, donor and philanthropic bodies, international and regional agencies, the geospatial community, the media, academia and professional bodies. Data experts and users gather to spur data innovation, mobilize high-level political and financial support for data, and build a pathway to better data for sustainable development. This year's forum will take place online. Watch live sessions from 19 – 21 October 2020. See the live programme…

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Safe and Trustworthy Al-Based Data Algorithms – Emerging Best Practices in the Global South and the Global North

20 October at 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM EDT
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Data algorithms are critical tools that have brought benefits to the public and private sector and the broader Data Community. However, public trust in artificial intelligence-based Data Algorithms has faltered due to a lack of transparency in how Data Algorithms function and public involvement in decision making around how such Algorithms are used. In line with recommendation 3C of the report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, the session will discuss challenges and solutions relating to the…

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Leveraging Data and AI to Achieve the SDGs While Moving Toward a Global Data Access Framework

21 October at 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM EDT
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In line with recommendation 1B of the report of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation, which advocates for the creation of a platform for sharing digital public goods in a manner that respects privacy, the session will discuss ways in which AI and access to quality data can support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, the session will discuss the technical infrastructure necessary to facilitate access to quality data through the development of the Global Data Access…

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November 2020

Global crises and socially responsible data responses

9 November at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CET
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There needs to be more discussion on the use of data-driven innovation in policy-making, e.g. exploring the role of public-private partnerships and how private-sector data can be leveraged, voluntarily, to provide evidence for informed policy-making. This session aims to uncover how data sharing can provide relevant tools for prevention and management of such global crises. Through break-group discussions the workshop will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to meet one another, share experiences and identify opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration. The workshop…

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