Data is a Development Issue

Posted: 19 Apr 2021

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Susan Ariel Aaronson

George Washington University - Elliott School of International Affairs

Date Written: July 12, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Aaronson, Susan, Data is a Development Issue (July 12, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3589827

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