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28 March 2016

Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG), a research and teaching institution specializing in public policy in the Arab world, organized the fifth session of the Policy Council series convening industry experts from government entities, academia and the media to address the ethical and social implications and challenges of data sharing in the region and discuss policy and strategy options to safeguard against related risks. 

Themed “Data Sharing: Implications and Challenges”, the fifth Policy Council session examined the importance of establishing an ethical and moral foundation for data sharing. The panelists outlined policy responses needed to limit and counteract risks of new data sharing technologies. 

Furthermore, the outcomes of a survey conducted by MBRSG was also shared, it highlights various benefits of data sharing and  identifies inequality of access to technology, as well as violations of privacy and breaches of security as primary risks of data sharing.

Highlighting the emirate’s goal to transition into a ‘Smart City’, Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, Executive President of MBRSG, said: “Dubai is well on its way to becoming a ‘smart city’ with an advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) infrastructure. While Dubai’s digital infrastructure is still in the infantile stages, the emirate is prepared to adequately assess and address the ethical implications and social conceptions of data sharing and privacy to ensure that the emirate becomes truly smart.”

Steps have already been taken to encourage data sharing in the city, particularly through the recently announced Dubai Data Law 13, which aims to make it easier for public and private sector entities to access the data that they collectively produce. 
The Knowledge and Policy Council provides insights and recommendations into areas that impact government performance, while enhancing personal and institutional communication to facilitate intragovernmental relations. 
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