UNICEF today published The Case for Better Governance of Children’s Data: A Manifesto, which “includes key action points and a call for a governance model purposefully designed to deliver on the needs and rights of children. It is the first step in ensuring that children’s rights are given due weight in data governance legal frameworks and processes as they evolve around the world.”
UNICEF worked with 17 global experts, including BKC-affiliated researchers Emma Day, Malavika Jayaram, and Urs Gasser, to develop the manifesto. Through the Berkman Klein Center Policy Practice and Youth and Media project, BKC and the Digital Asia Hub co-hosted a consultation with UNICEF to offer feedback on a draft of the manifesto and discuss interdisciplinary research on data governance.
“We’re grateful to our colleagues at UNICEF, the expert group, and our collaborators from the Youth and Media, Conectados al Sur, and Digital Asia Hub networks for the collaboration on this important issue, and I hope the manifesto will stimulate productive conversations among policy-makers, parents, and educators about how to create better and more equitable data futures. We hope youth will accept our invitation to participate in these debates,” Gasser said.