While usage of data is exploding, our governance systems have not kept pace. The Data Governance Network is an attempt to provide policymakers with the tools they need to bridge this gap — from foundational thinking in an area that is rapidly becoming overwhelmingly important to our economy and society, to evidence-based policy prescriptions. Our quarterly round tables — where we present our ongoing research on complex issues such as privacy, the economic value of data and regulating Big Tech — are integral to the attempt. By submitting our work to the critical scrutiny born of diverse perspectives, from both within and without the Network, we hope to ensure the nuance and rigour that is often absent in policy debates.
The working papers will go through a double-blind peer-review process before being revised and published on the DGN website. The proposals will be turned into full working papers at our next round table, scheduled for March 2020 in Delhi.