The Lab will conduct research and build communities of concern on data stewardship. It will explore and put forth principles, frameworks, policies and regulations to unlock data whist protecting the interests of users.
As data becomes more and more ubiquitous, it is undeniable that there is a need to unlock the value of data by sharing, such that it is released from the monopolies of big technology companies, and used to empower individuals and address societal problems. It is, therefore, time to build systems and processes that allow for easy and safe data sharing in ways that enable innovation without compromising individual rights, agency and security and to derive public good. This balance of societal good, market innovation, and privacy is at the core of the questions on data governance, which needs to create data sharing apparatuses that are equitable, accountable, and just. In this context, data stewardship, a structure of data sharing where an intermediary facilitates or holds consent and decision-making on behalf of users, is a viable solution that can balance individuals data rights and the use of data for societal good.
A large portion of digital exhaust constitutes non-personally identifiable information (non-PII), or data that does not reveal personal information.
Today, it is unimaginable to arrive at a train station or airport without checking the status of the train or the flight that we plan to board.
Discussion about bridging the gender data gap, draw learnings from existing models of data sharing, and envisaging a good steward for Women's Safety.
We explore how we can re-imagine data governance frameworks for migrant workers in India, that protect individual rights and enable better service delivery.
We discuss decentralized systems of data governance through community action, and draw lessons for a reimagination and renegotiation of data rights.