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Data, Privacy & The Cities of Tomorrow: Data Governance in an Age of Disruptive Distributed Technology

November 20, 2020 | 6:39 AM |

Co-Hosted by Transport Economics, Policy and Data GSG & Smart Cities KSB


From Open Data to Mobility Data Standards and Digital Contact Tracing, data underpins the disruptive technology revolution of the future. Transport has been front and center in many of the aspects of the data revolution. We have seen the conversation come full circle, starting from the early discussions on Open Data, leading the revolution of Big Data through the use of smart card and cellphone data, into the realm of smart mobility and the rise of ridehailing, spearheading the conversation on smart cities and now all the way back to data governance and security.

And as we move into a new era of disruptive technology in smart cities and mobility, one thing is clear: the importance of data governance as governments try to balance both corporate and government objectives.  The use of data is most efficient in places that have strong data governance and transparency requirements. This means private data should always be used in a transparent way, being very specific about the objectives and uses and making sure that all data is private by design, as has been our use of mobile phone data for origin-destination estimation. Data collection will continue to be critical for efficient service delivery, but it must respond to a specific need and be governed through institutional mechanisms that ensure contextual value, necessity, and privacy.

This panel brings together a depth of experience to tackle one of the most controversial subjects in data today: What is effective data governance in an age of disruptive distributed technology?

Introduction and moderator:

Vivien Foster, Chief Economist, World Bank


Shomik Raj Mehndiratta, Practice Manager, SAR Transport

Somik V. Lall, Lead Urban Economist, Global Lead Territorial Development and Productivity GSG

James L. Neumann, Senior Counsel, Digital Development


Kevin Webb, Director at Open Transport Partnership & SharedStreets

Kevin directs SharedStreets, a non-profit organization that builds tools for collaboration around transport data. Blending technology and policy, SharedStreets develops standards, digital infrastructure, and governance models to support new ways of managing and sharing data about our transport systems. He previously worked at OpenPlans, Sunlight Foundation, the open data transport consultancy Conveyal, and as an entrepreneur in residence at Sidewalk Labs. 

Bianca Wylie, Test Reset Canada & Digital Public

Bianca Wylie is a CIGI senior fellow. Her main areas of interest are procurement and public sector technology. Bianca leads work on public sector technology policy for Canada at Dgen Network and is the co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. At CIGI, she contributes expertise to examinations of Canadian data and technology policy decisions and their alignment with democratically informed policy and consumer protection.
Bianca has a dual professional background in technology and public engagement, having worked at both Thomson Reuters and Swerhun Facilitation. She is a strong advocate for open government. Bianca founded the 
Open Data Institute Toronto (2014) and co-founded Civic Tech Toronto (2016). In 2017, Bianca took part in a City Hall Task Force organized by the University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance and sat on the Ontario International Open Data Charter Advisory Board. Bianca is a guest lecturer, a tech columnist and a speaker on open government and public sector technology policy. Bianca currently sits on the Toronto Public Library’s Innovation Council. She holds a bachelor of arts in political science from York University.

Sean McDonald, CEO at FrontlineSMS., CIGI senior fellow and the co-founder of Digital Public

Sean Martin McDonald is a CIGI senior fellow and the co-founder of Digital Public, which builds legal trusts to protect and govern digital assets. He is a lawyer and the CEO of FrontlineSMS, an award-winning global technology social enterprise; a fellow at the Duke Center on Law & Technology; a visiting fellow at Stanford’s Digital Civil Society Lab; and a former affiliate at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center. Sean is an adviser to Digital Democracy and the IEEE’s Ethics and AI Committee, and a researcher and writer whose work has been published by the International Review of the Red CrossForeign PolicyStanford Social Innovation Review, Cornell’s Legal Informatics Institute, IRIN and Innovations, among others. He holds a J.D./M.A. from American University, with specialization in international law and alternative dispute resolution, and is a member of the New York State Bar Association. Sean’s research focuses on civic data trusts as vehicles that embed public interest governance into digital relationships and markets.