Rethinking Personal Data

The trusted, transparent and human-centred use of personal data offers unprecedented opportunities to create social and economic value. However, the growing volumes of data, the lack of institutional capacities and the speed of change have outstripped existing policy frameworks. The initiative focuses on establishing new frameworks, fostering technological innovations and helping individuals in the use of personal data.  Particular emphasis is placed on the needs of emerging economies and their use of data for social good.


This project aims to facilitate the creation of a trusted, transparent and user-centred personal data ecosystem by:

  • Leading a dialogue among multiple stakeholders from around the world with a view to identifying legal, technical and business solutions
  • Applying best practice in the areas of disaster preparedness, health and international development
  • Advancing the aims of the Data-Driven Development Global Agenda Council


Key Organizations

  • Earth Institute, Columbia University
  • Flowminder
  • Intel Corporation
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  • Internews
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Leiden University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Laboratory
  • MasterCard
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Nielsen
  • ONE
  • Orange Group
  • Telefonica
  • UN Global Pulse
  • Ushahidi
  • Wipro

Project Management

William Hoffman, Project Lead, Information and Communication Technology Industries
Tel: +1 212 7032300