Safeguarding children’s privacy – the right way


When I retired from open source projects in February, I did so with more than a little curiosity about what new opportunities would come up to fill the void. That’s how life works, after all. Here is the first one.

I have been honoured to accept an invitation to join UNICEF’s global expert working group on developing a “Manifesto on Good Data Governance for Children.” Throughout 2020, we will be meeting periodically to create privacy-centred benchmarks for the public and private sectors to use in developing data governance approaches which take full account of children’s issues and rights.

The project is very much focused on the global south, which is experience I’ve been hoping to gain for a while. The work is voluntary and unpaid.

The invitation was a surprise out of nowhere, and I can’t help but wonder how I caught their attention. I can only assume it was my being vocal about bad children’s privacy legislation. Remember that the next time someone tells you that you’re being too opinionated.

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