Big data: promoting development and safeguarding privacy

23 October 2013 - A Workshop on Bali,Indonesia


The confluence of Internet-related trends including e-services (e.g. e-gov, social networks) and the increasing number of smart devices are leading to a huge volume of data ("big data"). This exponential data growth along with cloud computing and data analytics signal a shift towards a socio-economic model, in which data are a key asset driving innovation, inclusive growth and development.

The new potential of data ranges from better informing decision-making to automating knowledge intensive processes and has wide policy implications, many of which are crucial to developing economies. These range from issues related to Internet infrastructure to the rights of the individuals. , in particular tThe right to privacy and to data protection are amongst the key issues that need to be considered in the context of ‘big data’ and a careful balance has to be achieved in fully enabling the socio-economic benefits while respecting the right to privacy of each and every individual who is behind the data.

Three main dimensions of global data cooperation and collaborative knowledge creation for developing economies are discussed in the workshop: 
1.) Global access to data for better policy making; 
2.) Access to data analytics capacities located in other countries; and last but not least 
3.) Privacy, protection also touching upon the use and implications of big data for security and surveillance purposes.