Better Data Collection Will Reduce Digital Inequalities
It’s become a popular talking point to list all the risks of data collection, whether it be privacy and surveillance or the lack of transparency that can come with data ownership. But rather than stay bogged down in the potential risks, Gillian Diebold argues in InsideSources that it’s time to consider how a lack of data collection about some individuals and communities can negatively affect their quality of life.
In today’s digital economy, one significant barrier to opportunity is the data divide, the gaps between the data haves and the data have-nots, and the social and economic inequalities resulting from this lack of data collection and use. Closing the data divide needs to be a policy priority in the United States to drive robust and equitable growth in the digital economy.