Datakind UK and Citizens Advice Bureau (a British organisation that gives advice to citizens about their rights) recently collaborated on a project to make better use of the CAB’s data, finding that: Getting the most out of data without compromising confidentiality and privacy is tricky. It presents some genuinely difficult judgments as organisations weigh the risks and benefits, and is […]
These resources will help you organize, understand and visualize your data appropriately. They also identify ways to share data responsibly inside or outside your organization and guard against data misuse.
Zara Rahman on challenges in publishing and using data from the International Aid Transparency Index (IATI), and some ways of dealing with them: (These are slides from Zara’s talk at the Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response meeting in The Hague in late February.)
Alice Brennan, Fidel Martinez and Susan McGregor on dealing with data from the police, lawsuits and freedom of information requests in a way that respects privacy, with examples, at SXSW: Transforming and linking public records from Miami Gardens reveals public harassment: over half the population had been stopped and frisked. …Much of the story’s power comes from the concentration […]
Arvind Narayanan, Joanna Huey and Ed Felten have published a paper on the potential for large datasets to be used to identify individuals.
Widely-held Opinion (to which I subscribe): There is a huge amount of potential power to be unlocked in non-profits using technology in their quest for positive change in the world.
We were excited to take part in an event in late February on ‘Responsible Data for Humanitarian Response’, which aimed to better understand how humanitarian organisations can collect and manage data in a way that respects individuals’ rights to consent, privacy, security and ownership
When organisations pass data to each other, it brings up a range of questions about who owns the data, how it should be treated and who is responsible for acting on the results.
The European Public Sector Information Platform has published a report on re-using open government data responsibly: Organizations and individuals have usually put the burden of mitigating risks on governments’ shoulders, pressuring them to release data that already carries no potential privacy or security dangers….[but] there is now an increasing understanding about duties and responsibilities related […]
Sara Terp, Director of Data Projects at Ushahidi, at opensource.org: ‘[Ushahidi is] thinking about what it means to balance the potential social good of wider dataset release with the potential risks that come with making any data public…
This code of practice describes the steps an organisation can take to ensure that anonymisation is conducted effectively, while retaining useful data. The code will be useful to any organisation which wants to turn personal data into anonymised information and distribute it later. The decision-making flow-charts on page 15 are a particularly good place to start […]