Social sector organizations are increasingly under pressure to better protect the privacy and security of their data. How should they examine their data governance practices to align with the demands of governments, their constituents, and their mission?

At our 2018 Data on Purpose conference, Lucy Bernholz, a senior research scholar at Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and the director of the Digital Civil Society Lab explored this topic with Alix Dunn, executive director and co-founder of the Engine Room, a nonprofit that helps activists and other organizations make the most of data and technology to increase their impact, and Amy O’Donnell, the information communications technology program lead at Oxfam.

The speakers argue that civil society organizations have an opportunity to positively model responsible data use and offer some tips for getting started. For most nonprofits, a rights-based approach to data governance requires a culture shift and involving staff from all parts of an organization, Dunn and O’Donnell explain. In this podcast you’ll also hear from conference participants who help underline the knotty ethical considerations responsible data governance often involves.

Additional resources:

Corporate Social Responsibility for a Data Age
Using Data for Action and for Impact