IGF 2023 WS #167 Hide-and-share: Can PETs responsibly unlock data for SDGs?

Organizer 1: Hiroki Habuka, Kyoto University
Organizer 2: Martin Pompéry, SINE Foundation
Organizer 3: Bertrand de La Chapelle, Datasphere Initiative
Organizer 4: Mariana Rozo-Paz, WEF Global Shapers Bogotá Hub

Speaker 1: Hiroki Habuka, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Jenna Slotin, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Martin Pompéry, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Angie Raymond, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Montague Dena, Private Sector, African Group


Bertrand de La Chapelle, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Mariana Rozo-Paz, Intergovernmental Organization, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Sophie Tomlinson, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

A. How to improve the understanding and interactions between policy-makers and developers of these emerging technologies (PETs)?
B. How can data communities organize themselves in terms of governance and applicable technologies for sharing data?
C. How to foster experimentation to boost responsible data-sharing to catalyze action towards the SDGs?

What will participants gain from attending this session? The proposed workshop will provide participants and attendees with new knowledge and insights on privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) and their potential uses in data governance and transnational data flows. The workshop will also emphasize the benefits of data sharing for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the importance of designing effective data governance structures for data communities. Attendees will gain practical knowledge on the use of PETs in computing CO2 emissions along supply chains, the formation of data communities, and designing governance charters to ensure responsible and secure data sharing. Overall, the workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the role of PETs in data governance, the importance of data sharing for achieving the SDGs, and practical considerations for designing effective data communities and governance structures. Attendees will also gain insights into operational use cases of PETs and learn about the latest trends and best practices in data governance.


Data is key to achieving the SDGs, but is often unavailable because of (often legitimate) restrictions on sharing it. Privacy-enhancing technologies (e.g. homomorphic encryption, federated learning, multi-party computation, zero-knowledge proof) introduce new approaches in data governance and would help overcome some of the tensions between protection of data and its availability. Early use cases already demonstrate it and use of PETs should be seriously considered to address some of the key challenges around the SDGs (e.g. climate action).

This workshop will:
- Introduce briefly the key PETs to familiarize attendees with these recent technologies
- Explain why it introduces a new, promising angle in the global debate about transnational data flows and data governance in general
- Highlight the importance of data sharing for achieving several (if not all) of the SDGs
- Describe an operational use case: computing CO2 emissions along supply chains
- Describe the role of the formation of data communities and of designing their corresponding governance charters.

Expected Outcomes

- Contribution to a framing paper to inform a practical understanding of the key concepts and issues involved in designing and implementing PET applications for data-sharing communities
- Expression of interest to participate in the Datasphere Initiative project on Modular Charters and its pilot on CO2 emission data sharing
- A community of partners and practitioners that stays connected through follow-up processes and future events
- Collection of concrete examples of efforts using data to reach the SDGs

Hybrid Format: - The remote moderator will actively solicit comments and questions from online participants throughout the session. Organizers will also actively promote the session on social media. The moderator of the workshop will give the floor to participants by the order they raise their hands, to avoid giving preference to those who are attending onsite. Onsite participants will be encouraged to interact in the chat in order to engage with the online audience.

- The session will be an interactive discussion, weaving contributions from online participants and the room. Online participants will be encouraged to turn-on their videos and introduce themselves so all attendees can see who has joined the session.

- The organizers will explore using Mentimeter, an online polling tool to encourage online and onsite participants to answer questions and spark discussion and reactions.