We are happy that the meeting was a resounding success. Watch the raw footage of the recording here. There will more within a week.

The Raw Footage

#RestoreDataRights

The Open Institute and DataReady Limited have convened a half-day virtual workshop to brainstorm and think through the policy and operational steps that need to be considered during COVID-19 response planning on how temporary and intrusive uses of people’s data will eventually be wound-down.

Our focus is regional in scope and centres on the response in Africa, which is largely still in a planning phase and which will require significant support from international partners in the coming weeks and months.

Our objective is to assist policy-makers in their thinking as they plan pandemic response interventions and as such we also call upon representatives of civil society, the United Nations, other development partners, and private sector stakeholders who are often the sources of data, to contribute to this discussion.

SPEAKERS

This high level brainstorm meeting brings together data governance experts, leaders of governance organisations and private sector companies.

Dr. Samira Asma
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Dr. Samira Asma

World Health Organisation

Oliver Chinganya
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Oliver Chinganya

African Centre for Statistics

Teki Akuetteh Falconer
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Teki Akuetteh Falconer

Africa Digital RIghts' Hub

Stuart Campo
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Stuart Campo

Centre for Humanitarian Data

Sanda Ojiambo
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Sanda Ojiambo

Safaricom

Stefaan Verhulst
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Stefaan Verhulst

GovLab @NYU

Margaret Mliwa
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Margaret Mliwa

Ford Foundation East Africa

Diana Gichengo
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Diana Gichengo

Kenya Human Rights Commission

Davis Adieno
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Davis Adieno

GPSDD

Gbenga Sesan
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Gbenga Sesan

Paradigm Initiative

Jessica Espey
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Jessica Espey

UN SDSN

Irũngũ Houghton
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Irũngũ Houghton

Amnesty International, Kenya

Mike Pisa
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Mike Pisa

Centre for Global Development

Frederic Pivetta
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Frederic Pivetta

Dalberg Data Insights

Alice Munyua
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Alice Munyua

Mozilla

Shaida Badiee
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Shaida Badiee

Open Data Watch

Tom Moultrie
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Tom Moultrie

University of Cape Town

Sarah T Lucas
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Sarah T Lucas

Hewlett Foundation

Rob Worthington
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Rob Worthington

Kwantu

Edetaen Ojo
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Edetaen Ojo

Media Rights Agenda

Tom Orrell
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Tom Orrell

Data Ready (UK) Limited

Al Kags
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Al Kags

Open Institute

PROGRAM

Event schedule – All timezones in UTC

Welcome & Opening Remarks

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Plenary

Al Kags

Al Kags is the founder of the Open Institute, an organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya that works with governments and civil society organisations to promote Open Government and Citizen Participation. Primarily, Al works across sub-saharan Africa but contributes to global open government movements. He has also served as a member of the Global Open Data Working Group and […]

http://www.openinstitute.com
Tom Orrell

Tom is an experienced advocate whose expertise lies in the links between digital and data policy, sustainable development and human rights. Tom founded DataReady Limited in 2018 having identified a need for less technical and more organisation-centric research and services that focus on data governance, management, regulation and usability. Tom manages the Global Partnership for […]

http://dataready.org

Scene-setting panel discussion on continent-wide Covid-19 responsible data plans and use

  • Description:
As Covid-19 data partnerships are planned and ramped up across the African continent there is an urgent need to ensure that the information required to tackle the pandemic is in the hands of decision-makers at the right time. However, this need must be balanced with protections to ensure that data is not misused or that temporary measures that grant states augmented emergency powers (including the power to use sensitive data) do not become entrenched after the end of the crisis. In this opening session, our esteemed panelists will set the scene to these issues.
  • Panelists:
  1. Dr. Samira Asma, Assistant Director-General, Data Analytics and Delivery, World Health Organisation
  2. Oliver Chinganya, Director, Africa Centre for Statistics, UN Economic Commission for Africa
  3. Teki Akuetteh Falconer, CEO, Africa Digital Rights Hub
  4. Stuart Campo, Team Lead, Data Policy and Senior Fellow at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ Centre for Humanitarian Data
 
  • Moderator: Tom Orrell, Managing Director, DataReady

40min

Tom Orrell

Tom is an experienced advocate whose expertise lies in the links between digital and data policy, sustainable development and human rights. Tom founded DataReady Limited in 2018 having identified a need for less technical and more organisation-centric research and services that focus on data governance, management, regulation and usability. Tom manages the Global Partnership for […]

http://dataready.org
Stuart Campo

Stuart Campo is the Team Lead for Data Policy and Senior Fellow at the OCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data in The Hague. He has over twelve years of experience working in the humanitarian and development sectors, with a focus on the safe, ethical, and effective use of technology and data. Stuart has worked in over […]

https://centre.humdata.org
Teki Akuetteh Falconer

Teki Akuetteh Falconer is a Senior Partner at Nsiah Akuetteh & Co. and Founder & Executive Director at the Africa Digital Rights’ Hub.

http://africadigitalrightshub.org
Oliver Chinganya

Oliver Chinganya is the Director of the African Centre for Statistics at the UNECA. He has a wide experience and knowledge of statistical practice across Africa at both national and international levels.

https://www.uneca.org/acs
Dr. Samira Asma

Dr Asma leads WHO’s efforts in using data to ensure measurable progress is made towards WHO’s Triple Billion targets and the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Dr Asma has more than 25 years of experience building teams and partnerships that lead public health programmes and policies to catalyze long-term impact. Dr Asma has contributed to more than 100 publications, books and policy papers on epidemiology, health surveillance and data-driven public health policy. She is also internationally recognized as a scientific and policy expert on global tobacco control, noncommunicable diseases, environmental health and injuries.

http://who.int

Question & Answer

10min

Moderated roundtable discussion on planning for the restoration of data rights at the decision-making level

  • Description: Within the context of current invasive data use (e.g. mobile-based tracing, mass surveillance, etc.) by the state, what frameworks and protocols are needed to prepare for the winding-down of these temporary measures? • At what point should a wind-down of intrusive data use be triggered? How can transparently publishing plans to wind-down intrusive data use help to foster trust in governments’ responses? • What policy tools and frameworks (e.g. data lifecycle plans, sunset clauses in data sharing agreements and MOUs, etc.) need to be included in the planning process? • How do we structure accountability so that it fosters trust in data use?
 
  • Discussants:
  1. Irũngũ Houghton, Executive Director, Amnesty International, Kenya
  2. Mike Pisa, Policy Fellow, Centre for Global Development
  3. Alice Munyua, Policy Advisor, Mozilla Foundation
  4. Frederic Pivetta, Managing Partner, Dalberg
 
  • Moderator: Sarah Lucas, Program Officer, Global Development and Population, Hewlett Foundation

50min

Plenary

Sarah T Lucas

Sarah T. Lucas is as a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants that aim to increase the use of high-quality evidence in social and economic policies that affect developing countries. Previously, Sarah worked at the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, where […]

https://hewlett.org/
Alice Munyua

Alice Munyua is the Public Policy Adviser for Africa at Mozilla. She is also the founder of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet) an interdependent multistakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation. She has extensive experience in multistakeholder ICT policy development and internet governance and has been closely […]

http://mozilla.org
Frederic Pivetta

Frederic Pivetta is Managing Partner of Dalberg Data Insights. Previously, he was part of the founding team of Real Impact Analytics since 2011, aiming at developing Big Data apps for telecom operators mostly in emerging economies, counting more than 140 staff and 4 offices. He has held several leading positions as a board or executive […]

http://dalberg.com
Mike Pisa

Michael Pisa is a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, where his work focuses on how digitalization is shaping economic development. He is currently overseeing a project on how governments can use and regulate the use of data in a way that supports innovation, growth, and development while protecting individuals against abuse. Before joining […]

https://www.cgdev.org/
Irũngũ Houghton

Irũngũ is the Executive Director of Amnesty International Kenya and is a passionate human rights defender. He is among the top 100 Influencers in Africa and top 10 Communicators in Kenya. Senior management professional specializing in areas of public policy advice and advocacy, institutional strengthening and expansion. Columnist and public interest advocate. Over twenty years […]

https://www.amnestykenya.org/

Question & Answer

Question & Answer 

10min

Plenary

Half-time Slido survey (results announced at the end of the session)

Please visit the Slido page and answer the provided survey

10min

Saloon A

Moderated roundtable discussion on planning for the restoration of data rights at the operational level

  • Description:
How do we practically wind-down the use of highly sensitive data like individuals’ location data by state security services and other administrative departments of government once the decision to do so has been taken? • Which government bodies and state agencies need data and which need insights gleaned from data? Can we build-in checks and balances over data use into the response that make this distinction and limit the potential for misuse? • How can we make sure that as little sensitive personal data as is needed is collected and used, and what protocols do we need to protect that data once collected and to eventually delete it?
  • Discussants:
  1. Sanda Ojiambo, Public Policy & Sustainable Business, Safaricom
  2. Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder, The Governance Lab (GovLab) at New York University
  3. Margaret M’liwa, Program Officer, Ford Foundation East Africa
  4. Diana Gichengo, Kenya Human Rights Commission
  • Moderator: Davis Adieno, Director of Programmes, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD)

40min

Plenary

Davis Adieno

Davis Adieno is the Director of Programs for the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), based in Nairobi, Kenya. He works across sectors through national data roadmap processes to define strategies that support their priorities for investments and innovations in data.

Diana Gichengo

Diana is a passionate human rights, equality and inclusion human rights lawyer and activist. She has vast experience in advocacy at the national, AU and UN level. She has undertaken novel work on the right to a nationality, legal and digital identity, migration and statelessness in Africa. She has worked on prevention, response and protection […]

http://khrc.org
Margaret Mliwa

Margaret Mliwa is a program officer in Eastern Africa, based in Ford’s Nairobi office. She has more than 20 years of social justice experience, working with government, civil society, and philanthropy to advocate for and implement policies that champion community-driven youth programs with an emphasis on youth voice, rights-based approaches, and strengthening leadership and capacity […]

https://www.fordfoundation.org/
Stefaan Verhulst

Stefaan G. Verhulst is Co-Founder and Chief Research and Development Officer of the Governance Laboratory @NYU (GovLab) where he is responsible for building a research foundation on how to transform governance using advances in science and technology. He is the Curator and Editor of the Living Library and The Digest. Verhulst’s latest scholarship centres on how technology can […]

http://www.thegovlab.org/
Sanda Ojiambo

Sanda is the Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact. She is proud of the fact that the Safaricom Foundation provides the opportunity for strategic and long-term partnerships and enjoys working with partners and communities to develop and implement multi-dimensional projects. She enjoys playing a role in an organization that addresses the gaps between community […]

https://www.safaricomfoundation.org/

Question & Answer

10min

Plenary

Moderated roundtable discussion on planning for the restoration of data rights at the grass-roots level

  • Description:
How can non-state actors (civil society, the private sector and development cooperation agencies constructively support governments in winding-down temporary measures once the crisis has passed? • How should non-state entities that advocate for civil liberties and digital rights balance their messaging and advocacy in this time of crisis? • What responsibilities do UN agencies, private companies and data providers have to balance the rights of their customers and the need to share data with governments in times of crisis?
  • Discussants:
  1. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative
  2. Jessica Espey, Director, UN SDSN Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (TReNDS)
  3. Shaida Badiee, Founder, Open Data Watch
  4. Rob Worthington, Director, Kwantu
  5. Tom Moultrie, Professor of Demography, University of Cape Town (UCT)
  • Moderator: Edetaen Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda

40min

Plenary

Edetaen Ojo

Edetaen is the Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda in Lagos, which works to promote and defend freedom of expression in Nigeria. He has worked on Freedom of Information, media freedom and freedom of expression, media development, Internet freedom, human rights and democracy issues in Nigeria, regionally and internationally for over 20 years. He currently […]

Rob Worthington
http://kwantu.net
Tom Moultrie

Tom Moultrie is professor of demography, and Director of the Centre for Actuarial Research (CARe) at the University of Cape Town. His interests lie in the technical measurement and sociology of fertility in sub-Saharan Africa, and the sociology of demographic measurement

http://uct.ac.za
Shaida Badiee

Shaida Badiee, is a co-founder and managing director of Open Data Watch, an NGO focused on monitoring and promoting open data in national statistical offices. She has been an active member of the UN Secretary General’s advisory group on data revolution, co-chairs the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Data Network, and has played a key role  with the startup […]

http://opendatawatch.com
Jessica Espey

Jessica is a Senior Advisor to the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and is the Director of SDSN TReNDS, the SDSN’s expert group on data. With SDSN TReNDS, Jessica’s research explores how new forms of data and technology can be harnessed to support sustainable development outcomes. TReNDS is particularly interested in building capacity in national statistical systems […]

http://www.unsdsn.org/
Gbenga Sesan

‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative, a pan-African social enterprise working on digital inclusion and digital rights through its offices in Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania, Togo and Zambia. Prior to starting Paradigm Initiative, ‘Gbenga led the Lagos Digital Village, a joint project of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, Microsoft and Lagos State Government. Originally […]

https://paradigmhq.org/

Question & Answers

10min

Plenary

Slido survey responses and closing remarks from Tom and Al

10min

Plenary

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Preparing for better times: Restoring data rights in a post-pandemic world - Program

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