Data, the Global South and the NHS: risks from new digital trade rules

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WEBINAR: Our data is a valuable raw material. Could digital trade rules prevent us from claiming a fair share of the wealth it creates?

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People all over the world, and especially young populations in the Global South, generate data every day through their lives and their work. Highly valuable data is also generated within publicly-owned institutions like the NHS.

This data is a raw material which generates big incomes for companies that make use of it. But are the rest of us getting fair value for the data we contribute? Could this become a new form of 'extractivism'?

Alternative collective models for data ownership are out there, which could ensure that the Global South and public institutions get their fair share of the pie. But the policy space for these alternatives risks being shrunk down by digital trade rules in upcoming trade deals.

As our digital society evolves, we need the freedom to respond. This webinar explores what we might do with that freedom, and what kind of trade policy we'll need to support it.

We are delighted to announce two expert speakers:

  • Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change, https://itforchange.net/
  • Annemarie Naylor, Future Care Capital, http://www.futurecarecapital.org.uk/

An open discussion will follow with questions and contributions from the audience. You will receive a link and password to join this webinar shortly before the event.

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