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Data governance is still a big issue. Within organizations certainly, but that is actually the easy bit. Data governance in the public sector, affecting the privacy of citizens, is a much bigger issue. The public sector is discovering business intelligence, but is lagging behind in setting the rules for using it. I read about methodological discussions, legal arguments, and -- of course -- the endless capabilities of technologies.
But what about the ethical issues? What is "right" and what is "wrong"?
The next series of articles will discuss the ethics of data governance. In the public sector, and also in commercial enterprise.
In Part 1, I discuss the dangers of not taking care of data governance very well. "Big Brother", gloom and doom indeed.
Unrealistic? Wait until you read Part 2, describing the case of a European police force using bidirectional TomTom data to plan speed traps. Ethical or not?
Part 3 looks at the various options on data ownership, based on the shifting balance between privacy and security.
Part 4 starts with some hints on how to organize data governance, but slightly derails towards the end in tips and tricks on how to cheat the system.
As with all series of articles, the point of view is a philosophical one. John Locke already described the balance between the right on life, liberty and property; and the need for a social contract at the same time. Me? I take more of a communitarian view. I find it scary that we look at authorities to check on all of us, out of fear what others might do to us. When I was 15 years old, my parents let me go to the lake all day with my friends, knowing there would always be grown-ups around. Would I feel comfortable today with my 15-year old going there without mobile phone and so on? I am not sure. Community thinking has moved from real-life to the on-line world. And we should find a way to mix community-thinking between the real world and the on-line world.
Posted October 26, 2011 3:44 AM
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