By Soujanya Sridharan

The current ecosystem of health data sharing

Health data governance assumes significance due to the highly sensitive nature of information under question, potentially revealing confidential data on medical history, racial or ethnic background and financial status of individuals and the broader communities they belong to. While data…


By Suha Mohamed

This article was originally published in Business World on May 13th 2021

The lack of a cohesive government response in the latest wave of Covid-19 has forced citizens and civil society to fend for themselves. Citizens are acting as intermediaries, supporting others by pooling data and amplifying…


By Soujanya Sridharan & Siddharth Manohar

  1. ‘Communities’ as conceived by the Committee under Section 7.2 is ambiguous and risks causing more harm than good to their interest

The report makes communities the owners of NPD, with a community being defined as “any group of people that are bound by common…


By Suha Mohamed

The need for Responsible Data Governance for Impact

Accelerated by the pandemic, civil society organisations (CSOs) are increasingly capturing data or partnering with other entities to unlock relevant information for societal benefit. Data-led efforts are critical, particularly in times of crisis when the lack of access to reliable administrative data can result in threats to…


By Suha Mohamed

Cognizant of the assymetries present in our rapidly expanding data economy that further perpetuate existing injustices, Aapti Institute supported by Omidyar Network, is thinking about a new social contract for data. …


By Aapti Institute

The following is a summary piece on our paper titled Data Sharing for Public Good: Theoretical Bases and Policy Tools.

Institutions, businesses and governments across the world have tried various data-sharing and data-handling practices on for size. These are in keeping with their respective commercial and political…


By Siddharth Manohar

The ‘trust’ framing of responsibility has emerged as a popular one in discussing the necessary safeguards and governance measures in data sharing for public good. This paper examines the basis for its popularity, the opportunities that it presents, and the warnings shared by some thinkers on the challenges of applying a fiduciary framework to steward functions over data sharing.

Read the paper on our website, or download here.


By Preethi Sundararajan

This article follows “The role of data stewards in enhancing accountability”, to chart an imagination of standards for accountability in data stewardship.

A two-fold framework for accountability is envisaged herein-first is the minimum standards which are either the bare minimum protections/responsibilities or legally mandated requirements. Secondly, enlisted…


Citizen-led Data Governance

This article is the third in a series and forms a core area of research carried out by Aapti Institute’s Data Economy Lab. As part of this study, models from four cities (London, Seattle, Los Angeles and Barcelona) were selected and analyzed to understand how data sharing in cities is…


This article is the second in a series and forms a core area of research carried out by Aapti Institute’s Data Economy Lab. As part of this study, models from four cities (London, Seattle, Los Angeles and Barcelona) were selected and analyzed to understand how data sharing in mobility is…

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