I have the pleasure to host an important initiative by professors Roberto V. Zicari and Andrej Zwitter to raise awareness of the principles in the context of the use/access of data, facilitate exchange between people and organizations who share the goal and the principles, and support data initiatives that are dedicated to these principles around the world.
Data for Humanity: An Open Letter
Information is power and data is its raw material. We are experiencing an unprecedented ascent of Big Data, the development of data science and the increasing omnipresence of data analytics. We are also witnessing both the promise and the peril of the ubiquitous acquisition of personal data by organizations of all types.
Given its novelty, and the current shortcomings of codes of conducts and legal regulations, data entrepreneurs, governments, data scientists and educators have yet to find the right balance between the power that data give and the responsibility that comes with it.
This development of datafication of the world comes at a time with great challenges, such as climate change, mass migration, deterioration of personal privacy, and protracted conflicts.
Therefore, we believe that it is important to help encouraging people and institutions to use data on sound principles that serve humanity.
We want to bring people from different disciplines and professions together, who share the motivation of using Data for the Common Good and for Human Wellbeing, in order to ensure that data serves humanity.
To bring people and institutions together who share the motivation to use Data for Common Good / human wellbeing
We encourage people and institutions who own and/or do work with data and who share the following principles to sign this letter of support.
1. Do not harm
2. Use data to help create peaceful coexistence
3. Use data to help vulnerable people and people in need
4. Use data to preserve and improve natural environment
5. Use data to help creating a fair world without discrimination
Professor Roberto V. Zicari, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Professor Andrej Zwitter, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
To sign the open letter, please follow this link: