Apr 15, 2020
Data ethics and the challenge of digital privacy
Data pervades nearly every aspect of our lives. But as data-driven technologies like AI become more sophisticated, the risk of data misuse and privacy abuse increases exponentially. Policymakers, technologists and civil society organisations are calling for appropriate data governance mechanisms that enable societies to leverage the opportunities of data while respecting fundamental human rights
Why it matters
When it comes to the idea of privacy, critics argue for a need to think far beyond the traditional notions of access and consent to consider how data-driven technology impacts our autonomy, power and individual agency. Data breaches and privacy abuse scandals over the past five years have raised unprecedented awareness among citizens, who are consequently starting to ask what data they are giving away and how it affects them.