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We all live in a world where we need to have good quality data, quickly and (ideally) inexpensively, for better decision making. And to share that with partners to build collaboration and transparency and make data open as a reusable public good. Of course, we should also protect the privacy of this data, especially when it is sensitive (like with personal health information or on sensitive topics). That’s why all of us in digital development have heard at least one of these sentences before:

  • Wouldn’t it be great if we could have real-time data on this topic?”
  • “Data security? Oh, you don’t want to talk to program or M&E people, you need to talk to the IT department.”
  • “So, I asked my guy at the ministry if he could share a copy of that dataset with me and he emailed to it me today…”