Data is a Development Issue
Posted: 19 Apr 2021
Date Written: July 12, 2019
This paper uses a wide range of metrics to show that most developing and middle-income countries are not ready or able to provide an environment where their citizens’ personal data is protected and where public data is open and readily accessible. Not surprisingly, greater wealth is associated with better scores on all the metrics. Yet, many industrialized countries are also struggling to govern the many different types and uses of data. The paper argues that data governance will be essential to development, and that donor nations have a responsibility to work with developing countries to improve their data governance.
Keywords: Data, Development, AI, Personal Data, Data Governance
JEL Classification: F1, 54, 032, 038, 034
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