How data governance technologies can democratize data sharing for community well-being

Published in Data & Policy Journal, Cambridge University Press, 2021

Recommended citation: Wu, D., Verhulst, S., Pentland, A., Avila, T., Finch, K., & Gupta, A. (2021). How data governance technologies can democratize data sharing for community well-being. Data & Policy, 3. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/data-and-policy/article/how-data-governance-technologies-can-democratize-data-sharing-for-community-wellbeing/2BFB848644589873C00E22ADEA6E8AB3

Data sharing efforts to allow underserved groups and organizations to overcome the concentration of power in our data landscape. A few special organizations, due to their data monopolies and resources, are able to decide which problems to solve and how to solve them. But even though data sharing creates a counterbalancing democratizing force, it must nevertheless be approached cautiously. Underserved organizations and groups must navigate difficult barriers related to technological complexity and legal risk. To examine what those common barriers are, one type of data sharing effort—data trusts—are examined, specifically the reports commenting on that effort. To address these practical issues, data governance technologies have a large role to play in democratizing data trusts safely and in a trustworthy manner. Yet technology is far from a silver bullet. It is dangerous to rely upon it. But technology that is no-code, flexible, and secure can help more responsibly operate data trusts. This type of technology helps innovators put relationships at the center of their efforts.

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