By developing the Declaration for Responsible and Intelligent Data Practice we seek to differentiate the good from bad actors who use data. It’s aim is to act not only as a statement of intent along the lines of the ‘first do no harm’ principle found in medical ethics, but also a means for developing and maintaining best practice.
We believe for the Declaration to be useful it has to be practical and pragmatic. The world of data in which we live is complex, practice is constantly evolving and new challenges – as well as opportunities – are becoming known. In order to do this, the Declaration has to be both a path and a guide that can highlight the potential consequences of a decision and offer guidance to making those decisions. It also has to develop alongside changing practice and context.
The Declaration has two parts, firstly the Declaration itself will be signed and adopted by organisations who use data and want to be known for abiding by the ethical and fair data principles as set out in the Declaration, secondly an implementation framework will be created to enable organisations to adhere to the aims of the Declaration.
As data use affects us all, the Declaration needs to reflect different stakeholder needs and perspectives – from data user to data subject. By allowing space for different voices we build a more trustworthy data environment, creating awareness as to how data can be used responsibly and promoting those that seek to do good with data.
Development of the Declaration is split into four phases lasting from January 2019 through to June 2020, although as a living document the intention is that it continually evolves as our practice and understanding develops.
We are in the second phase of development where we are organising meetings and workshops to co-design what the Declaration should contain at the end of this phase a version 1.0 will be drafted and work will start on the implementation framework and governance model.
In this phase there will be a number of sectoral workshops covering the public sector, private sector, academia, and civil society and voluntary sector, with additional workshops for residents and community groups. The insight from these workshops will be used to develop version 1.0 of the Declaration.