Data Intermediaries: Trusted Digital Agency

Taskforce on Data Intermediaries: Trusted Digital Agency


Trust in technology is key to fully realizing its benefits. However, building such trust relies upon assurance that people’s data is being handled in an ethical manner. 


When it comes to real time data processing at scale, several questions emerge:


• is it reasonable to continuously ask people to consent on a granular level to the processing of their data, or can this be automated in some way? 


• Furthermore when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable in our societies, do we need to enlist a trusted third party to manage when, where and by whom their data can be processed? 

• And can technology itself act in that capacity using artificial intelligence? 


Increasingly, the idea of establishing trusted intermediaries to manage the relationship between people and technology is at the forefront of the minds of policymakers as they seek to encourage the development of ethical technology that is ultimately in the interests of people and humanity.


Following on from the work of the Redesigning Data Privacy project, the Taskforce on Data Intermediaries seeks to investigate best practice for data intermediaries in concept, whether in the form of trusted agency or a digital agent, surface recommendations for how to holistically manage such entities, and build a set of guidelines which can be taken forward by businesses and governments to tackle this new opportunity that technology now provides.


This topic was discussed during the Sustainable Development Impact Summit, you can view the recording here.

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