On May 8th, 2015, UN Global Pulse hosted a workshop on the eighth Principle for Digital Development, Address Privacy & Security.
In recent years, ICTs such as mobile phone apps, web-based mapping technologies and data-mining techniques have been incorporated into numerous development programmes. Alongside recognition of the opportunities presented by these innovations, there are valid concerns related to protecting privacy and data security. In this context, Principle 8, “Ensuring Data Privacy and Security,” of the Principles for Digital Development proposes that ICT4D programmes and projects should:
- Assess and mitigate risks to the security of users and their data
- Consider the context and needs for privacy of personally identifiable information when designing solutions and mitigate accordingly
- Ensure equity and fairness in co-creation, and protect the best interests of the end-users.
The workshop was held at UN Headquarters in New York, and was designed to encourage an exchange of expertise and practical experience. Colleagues from UN Agencies including UN OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA and UNHCR were in attendance, alongside development practitioners from organizations including Dimagi, Internews, ThoughtWorks, and Medic Mobile. Experts from academia including NYU, Oxford, Columbia, and MIT as well as private sector representatives including Microsoft, MasterCard, and IMS Health also attended and participated in the discussions.
Read the full event write-up on the Global Pulse Blog.