Data Collaboration: Innovations and Privacy


One of the most promising opportunities for social good lies in how the volumes of data being generated through all facets of society is leveraged. Relief organizations could instantaneously access detailed reports of population mobility to improve their response to natural disasters. Governments could build a secure, centralized database of satellite images to understand the impact of warm weather on vegetation and waterbeds. Hospitals and clinics could collectively evaluate data for millions of patients to determine where vaccination programs would have the most impact. To turn these opportunities into realities across the globe, there must be new approaches to catalyzing meaningful change in the ways data is collected, managed, processed and shared.


In pursuit of this opportunity, the promise of public-private data collaboration has stalled. An entangled set of technical, social, commercial and legal risks have created a crisis of trust and institutional inertia. With a new lens for public-private data collaboration, we can more effectively balance these risks with the short- and long- term benefits.


The Trustworthy Data Initiative will deliver actionable insight and tangible impact by:

  • Raising awareness of factors shaping the data ecosystem and incentives driving public and private sector stakeholders

  • Developing an end-to-end, evidence-based framework for driving data collaboration

  • Creating a shared knowledge repository to foster best practices from real-world case studies

  • Establishing a reference library of legal agreements to promote transparency and efficiency


Across these goals, there is a fundamental need to apply insights to critical global challenges. Through an initial set of use cases—at the nexus of natural disaster preparedness, infectious disease, environmental longevity and healthcare delivery—this initiative will establish frameworks to balance competing stakeholder priorities, strengthen decision-making, and deliver positive social impact.

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