Dear colleagues

We are living in a digitally transformed society. Data drives problem solving 
and better decision making. While the digital revolution has transformed the 
way we live, solving many issues; it has also given rise to numerous questions 
and challenges which affect everyone. What governance policies and frameworks 
are needed to make sure digital technologies and opportunities are available 
for everyone and there are no monopolies created? How do we make sure there are 
proper governance mechanisms in place to embed values in all data ecosystems?

The Ethical Data Initiative provides a neutral space to bring together diverse 
actors and stakeholders, shaping the future of data governance. In doing so, we 
aim to increase equality and inclusivity in the data space; building data 
confidence and empowering the digital citizens of tomorrow.

The Ethical Data Initiative is working with a consortium of over 20 
universities in South East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) to establish 
Ethical Data Research Centres in Universities in Africa to build capacity in 
Data Science and Data Ethics. More details at

Key aims :

  *   Provide a neutral space to enable multilateral conversations in data 
  *   Provide Ethical Digital Leadership, priority setting, collaboration, 
development, and guidance to both public and private sectors.
  *   Co-develop with interested organisations policy frameworks for Data 
Ethics in consultation with all stakeholders.
  *   Co-develop with interested universities and scientific organisations a 
series of Executive Education Programmes, aimed at senior government officials 
and industry leaders.
  *   Provide advice in Data Ethics and Data governance to governments, 
industry and the research community.
  *   Co-develop with interested organisations Digital Citizenship Training for 
the education sector.
  *   Co-develop with interested organisations policy, programmes and campaigns 
to raise public awareness around the importance of data ethics.
  *   Growing a partnership community to amplify key messages and output.

On behalf of the Ethical Data Initiative<> 
and the African Institute for Capacity Development 
(AICAD)<>, we would like to invite you to a Webinar 
exploring “The Importance of Data Ethics in Research and Education”. This 
online event, jointly organised by AICAD and the Ethical Data Initiative, will 
take place on Monday 6 March from 12h00-13h30 UTC

More details of the webinar and how to register is at

We welcome ideas and proposals for establishing Ethical Data Research Centres 
in Universities globally to build knowledge and capacity for data ethics in 

Details at

If you are interested in building knowledge and capacity in data ethics or 
discussing potential areas for collaboration, please contact us.

Best wishes


Dr Suchith Anand

Senior Adviser to Governments and International Organisations | Scientist | 
Board member | Governance | Policy | Consultant in Data Science and Data Ethics 
| Global Citizen | SDG Volunteer and Advocate

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