Launch Event: World Bank World Development Report 2021 – Data for Better Lives

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Join the World Bank team to learn more about their latest report, Data for Better Lives

Today’s unprecedented growth of data and their ubiquity in our lives are signs that the data revolution is transforming the world. And yet much of the value of data remains untapped. Data collected for one purpose have the potential to generate economic and social value in applications far beyond those originally anticipated. But many barriers stand in the way, ranging from misaligned incentives and incompatible data systems to a fundamental lack of trust. 

World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives explores the tremendous potential of the changing data landscape to improve the lives of people, while also acknowledging its potential to open back doors that can harm individuals, businesses, and societies. To address this tension between the helpful and harmful potential of data, this Report calls for a new social contract that enables the use and reuse of data to create economic and social value, ensures equitable access to that value, and fosters trust that data will not be misused in harmful ways.

Join this exclusive Organization Member event where World Bank staff and authors from the report itself will present the findings from Chapter 5 and Chapter 6. The Internet Society will also shed light on the importance of local infrastructure supporting the development of local data and content.

Explore key themes from the report through data stories

Explore our work on Infrastructure and Community Development

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Date and Time

13:30 – 14:30 UTC

Wednesday 19 May 2021

Event Speakers

Michuki Mwangi

Senior Director, Internet Technology and Development

Michuki Mwangi, Senior Director, Internet Technology and Development at the Internet Society. Michuki Mwangi joined ISOC in April 2008 as Senior Education Manager working with the Education team to promote… Read more

David Satola

Lead Counsel, Technology & Innovation, World Bank

David provides legal advisory services on a range of technology and law related issues both internally to the World Bank and externally to its member states. His work spans more… Read more

Adele Barzelay

Governance Analyst (Public Sector and Regulatory), World Bank

Adele Barzelay is a Governance Analyst within the Governance Practice’s Middle East and North Africa Unit at the World Bank. Adele is co-leading the technical regional work on data governance… Read more

Niccolò Comini

Economist, World Bank

Niccolò Comini is an Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office of the Infrastructure Vice Presidency. He focuses on competition and regulatory issues in the ICT and digital industries in emerging… Read more

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