IGF 2018 WS #69 What global governance for public and private data?


Organizer 1: Amélie Banzet, Etalab
Organizer 2: laure lucchesi, Etalab
Organizer 3: Nicolas Vogtenberger, Etalab

Speaker 1: laure lucchesi, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Thom Townsend, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Rudi Borrmann, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 4: Axelle Lemaire, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Laure Lucchesi

Online Moderator

Amelie Banzet


Nicolas Vogtenberger


Panel - 60 Min


As the head of open data Policy for the French Government, Laure Lucchesi has a strong knowledge on the main challenges of data governance. Thom Townsend, head of data Policy for the UK Government, will explain the UK strategy to new governance mechanism on private data. Rudi Bormann, in charge of open government and open data for the Argentinian government, will expose the main challenges of data governance through the eyes of a country that is still quite new when it comes to building their data infrastructures and regulations, but which is moving very fast and has great perspectives Axelle Lemaire is former Minister of Digital affairs but now works for the private sector. She knows the importance of sharing and opening data for the general interest, and she also knows the perspectives from a private company and the main challenges on big data and data governance.


This panel includes diversity regarding: - Gender diversity: 2 women out of 4 speakers - Geographic diversity: 2 Europeans, 1 Canadian and 1 Argentinian - Stakeholder diversity: private sector, a centralize government (France), a federal government of an emerging country (Argentina)

Data has become more and more important in all digital use and internet governance questions. As governments and private companies collect and process large amount of data, there is an urgent need for decision makers, academics, civil societies and private sectors to work together closely to improve the existed governance system in order to reinforce the publication of quality data in open data, and make sure the data can be used for general interest research and policy making. The UK is working on a new national strategy including the use of private data for general interests; France, through the Digital Republic Law, has set up “Data as a Public Service” and is working on the concept of "general interest data" including private data; Argentina has launch a new strategy on open data and Roland Berger is a leader in terms of managing big data, mostly private data. Hearing the views of all these actors will enable to understand the main stakes and questions. The discussion with the participants in the room and online will bring precision and innovative perspectives on these questions.

In order to facilitate the discussion, the moderator will introduce the debate and the main stakes, and will than ask a question to each speaker; they will have each 5 to 7 minutes to reply. The moderator will than 2 to 3 other short questions if needed to highlith more precise information for the debate. Speakers have 2 to 3 minutes each to reply. And for the next 30 minutes, the questions will come from the room and online participation. The best way is to take 2 to 4 questions in a row, 1 or 2 online and 1 or 2 in the room. The moderator will make sure that the replies from speakers have are short and precise. The panel will be prepared before; The moderator will call each speakers before to brief him closely with the format and prepare the introduction with the speakers.

The amount of Data, collected and processed by government, civil society and the private sector , through internet, increases on a daily bases. The governance of these data is closely dependent on the governance of internet and vice versa. The most discussed questions of data governance for better data privacy and protection is a major stake. However, we wish to take another angle to think about the governance of data: how to make the best use of all this data, make sure these data can be better used for general interest research and policy.

Online Participation

Depending on what is possible with the infrastructures in the room, we can do the whole event through appear.in The workshop moderator and the online moderator will have direct contact; the Workshop moderator will have the online session open. We will project the online session on a screen so that all participants can see the online questions and discussions. We will rotate for questions between online participants and in the room participants. We will also write replies to online questions directly when possible; Since the online session will be shown on a screen, all participants in the room will see the replies. We will follow tweets and participants will also be able to ask questions through twitter.