Data trusts: Is India ready?

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The ‘Data trusts’ framework introduced in the Non-personal Data Report, is emerging as a promising means to not only govern data but also as a mechanism to unlock the social value of data to solve complex policy issues of the future.  


Sharad Sharma, Co-founder, iSPIRT Foundation; Astha Kapoor, Co-founder, Aapti Institute and Udbhav Tiwari, Public Policy Advisor, Mozilla. Moderator: Prakhar Misra, Senior Associate, IDFC Institute. The webinar will discuss how data trusts, introduced in the Non-Personal Data Report, are emerging as a promising



Sharad Sharma

Sharad Sharma, is the co-founder of iSPIRT Foundation, a non-profit technology think tank that works actively in the technology policy space in India. Sharad is a passionate evangelist of the software product ecosystem in India and has also chaired the Product Forum at NASSCOM. Prior to this, he headed Yahoo! India R&D where he led product engineering for all emerging markets and some global products. He has also held senior R&D roles at VERITAS, Symantec, Lucent Technologies and AT&T.


Astha Kapoor

Astha Kapoor, is the Co-founder of Aapti Institute, a research think tank focusing on interactions between technology and society. Astha has over a decade of public policy and strategy consulting experience, with a focus on use of technology for welfare. She writes frequently for various Indian and international publications on questions of the data economy and is currently leading Aapti’s work on data rights.


Udbhav Tiwari

Udbhav Tiwari, is a Public Policy Advisor for Mozilla, where he works towards keeping the internet open, secure and accessible by advocating for progressive regulations in the technology sector. Prior to Mozilla, he was at Google's public policy team in India and has also worked at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), where he was a Programme Manager and a Co-Rapporteur at the International Standards Organisation (ISO).


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