Identity, anonymity & privacy

Data can have real consequences for real people, and often these consequences are as unintended as they are harmful. This is regularly the case when Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is published, or when seemingly innocuous data is mashed and collated with other datasets. These resources provide strategies and tools for protecting identity, providing anonymity and respecting privacy.

Summaries and recordings of discussion mini-series on de-identifying data

In response to requests from the community to address questions and challenges around de-identifying data, we hosted an online discussion mini-series on this topic from June to November 2015. While there is a clear understanding of the importance of de-identifying data and the possible harms that can result from questionable practices, there is also confusion […]

This resource can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy
This resource was produced in a Responsible Data Forum.

Summary of our discussion on k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks

On November 6, we hosted a third RDF online discussion in our de-identifying data discussion series. This discussion was an introduction to k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks and techniques with Max Shron, founder of Polynumeral. Earlier discussions in the de-identification series introduced us to context, concept and background of de-identification and how it relates to […]

This resource can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Summary of our discussion on the risks and mitigations of releasing data

On August 26th we held our second online discussion on de-identification and anonymization – this time with the formidable data scientist Sara-Jayne Terp at the helm of the discussion. The focus of this discussion was ‘Risks & Mitigations of Releasing Data’ and this blog post is a summary of what was discussed. Our fire-starter shared […]

This resource can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Online discussion: RDF working session on developing a data-deposit decision-making framework

We’re pleased to be working with Oxfam to host an RDF working session on developing a data-deposit decision-making framework on November 19 at 10am EST (3pm GMT). This working session is an opportunity for practitioners to share similar initiatives in opening data that they are working on in order to solicit suggestions, feedback and ideas […]

This resource can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Online discussion: K-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks (an introduction)

Join us Friday, November 6 at 11am EST (4pm GMT) for an introduction to k-anonymity and other de-identification frameworks with Max Shron, founder of Polynumeral. So far in our de-identifying data discussion series, we’ve discussed de-identification basics with Mark Elliot, and risk analysis and mitigation strategies with Sara-Jayne Terp. Now we want to dive deeper […]

This resource can help you with: Sharing Data
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

Discussion on the risks and mitigations of releasing data

Join us  Wednesday, August 26 at 10am EDT to discuss the risks and mitigations of releasing data. Sara-Jayne Terp, Data Scientist at Thoughtworks, and formerly Director of Data Projects at Ushahidi, will serve as the fire-starter and facilitator for this discussion. This discussion is part of a series on de-identification. Our first discussion was an […]

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Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

New project: Responsible Data Reflection Stories

Through the various Responsible Data Forum events over the past year, we’ve heard many anecdotes of responsible data challenges faced by people or organizations. These include potentially harmful data management practices, situations where people have experienced gut feelings that there is potential for harm, or workarounds that people have created to avoid those situations.

This resource can help you with: Awareness-Raising
Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy

De-identifying data: an introduction for advocacy organisations (a summary of the discussion)

On Friday, June 19, 2015 we hosted an online discussion on de-identification and anonymization. This discussion was led by Mark Elliot of Manchester University and the UK Anonymisation Network and was attended by a range of practitioners and academics from international and national institutions and organisations. Mark’s presentation helpfully covered some of the basics of […]

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Issue areas: Identity, anonymity & privacy