New approaches to data governance explored

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“We are not here to just share best practice, but also challenges,” said experts at the first session kicking off on day one of the UN World Data Forum 2018.
Moderated by Craig Hammer, Programme Manager at the World Bank and Secretary of the World Bank’s Development Data Council, the first session – titled “New Approaches to Data Governance in the 21st Century: A View from Countries, Multilaterals, and Foundations” – brought together Phetsamone Sone, Deputy Head of the Lao Statistics Bureau; Gopi Krishna Khanal, Joint Secretary at Nepal’s National Natural Resource and Fiscal Commission; Jake Porway, Founder and Executive Director of global non-profit DataKind; Haishan Fu, Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group; and Fernando Perini, Senior Programme Officer at Canada’s
International Development Research Centre.
“We are here to share the challenges that we have faced and focus on plans for the next 10 years,” said Phetsamone Sone, asserting that these challenges can only be met with support coming from governments and international partners.
“We work with our partners to ensure seamless data exchange and sharing,” noted Jake Porway, stressing that partnership and collaboration is essential in data
science, particularly in DataKind’s efforts to use data science and AI in the service of humanity.

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