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Following the release of the Vidhi’s position paper on responsible stewardship of non-personal data entitled ‘Data Stewardship for Non-Personal Data in India: A Position Paper on Data Trusts, a panel discussion was held on ‘Data Trusts for the Public Good’. The discussion engaged experts and stakeholders on the viability of data trusts, the potential challenges, and relevant insights for structuring a community-centric data trust for urban mobility data.

Issues Discussed

  1. How can we achieve a balance between the interests of the community, the data users, and data collecting entities through a ‘commons’-based data sharing institution, and particularly through data trusts?
  2. What are the challenges associated with data trusts in effectively securing the community interest? How can these be addressed?
  3. In the absence of a bespoke legal framework for data trusts, how can we structure the pilot data trust to ensure the appropriate institutional safeguards for community-based data sharing of urban mobility data?
  4. Which legal and policy solutions can be contemplated to ensure the long-term sustainability of data trusts for public and privately held non personal data?

The Speakers

Mr Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) delivered the Keynote Address.

The discussion panel:

CV Madhukar, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network India
Richa Roy, Partner, Policy, Insolvency and Restructuring, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Rahul Matthan, Partner, Trilegal
Tatiana Peralta Quiros, Transport Economist, World Bank & Co-Founder, Kinto Costa Rica
Astha Kapoor, Co-Founder, Aapti Institute
Trishi Jindal, Project Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy
Ameen Jauhar, Team Lead, ALTR & Senior Resident Fellow, Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy will moderate the discussion.

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