Increasingly, data is regarded as a valuable commodity for economic growth. The advances made in its gathering, storage, manipulation and use for commercial, social and political purposes have outpaced governments’ ability to properly regulate this commodity. For a data-driven economy to operate most efficiently, mass surveillance and collection of data is necessary — but this comes with substantial risk. If some data is missed or left uncollected, then another actor will enter the market and collect it. Governments need to establish national data strategies that govern how data gets collected, who can collect and control that data, and how it can be used. Blayne Haggart’s contribution to CIGI’s essay series, Data Governance in the Digital Age, explores the government’s role in constructing the data-driven economy.
This series of videos explores topics including the rationale for a data strategy, the role of a data strategy for Canadian industries, and policy considerations for domestic and international data governance.