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Friday, September 7 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Responsible Data: Ready, Set? Stop and Prep.

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MERLTechies face pressure to collect more and more digital data. But In the grind for bigger, better, faster data, organizations often skip moments to pause and examine readiness to ethically and securely collect, store, transfer, process, and analyze data. This session offers a safe space to assess our organizations’ responsible data readiness. Most importantly, the session will prepare participants to push back against pressure and lead tough, but urgently needed conversations to address data risks and ethical hazards. Participants will candidly self-assess responsible data readiness and explore frameworks (legal, compliance, and principles) to foster organizational buy-in to address gaps. Using role play and organizational personas, participants will practice having difficult conversations with key stakeholders about the gaps and issues identified , with facilitators serving as coaches and thought partners. Finally, participants will reconvene to discuss what they learned, what gaps they will address going forward, and how they will tactically bridge difficult data conversations.

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Laura Walker McDonald

Director of Innovation, Global Alliance on Humanitarian Innovation
Laura Walker McDonald is Director of Innovation at GAHI, the Global Alliance on Humanitarian Innovation. She has spent eight years working on inclusive, appropriate technology for social change, at SIMLab and FrontlineSMS, and prior to that worked for the Red Cross in London. She... Read More →
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Alexandra Robinson

Strategy and Impact Manager, Humanity United
Alexandra Robinson manages strategy, impact measurement, ICT, and data/ tech ethics across Humanity United's counter-trafficking and conflict prevention portfolios. She began her career building real time data counter-trafficking systems in Nepal, and more recently led M&E of the... Read More →

Friday September 7, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Angle 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009