February 25, 2024

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New Zealand forms Data Ethics Advisory Group

Data can produce meaningful insights to inform decision-making, improve services, and drive innovation.

The Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) Liz MacPherson, Chief Executive of Stats NZ, recently formed a Data Ethics Advisory Group.

According to a recent press release, the Data Ethics Advisory Group was convened to help government agencies use data appropriately and effectively.

This will guarantee that New Zealanders can have trust and confidence in the way their data is collected and used.

Collecting and using public data are both important in the state sector. Policymakers need good data to understand the demand for government services and, ultimately, to improve them.

Government Algorithm Transparency

A report released last year on the government use of algorithms detailed how government agencies are using automated analytical tools to harness the power of data and deliver better services to the public.

The review initially focused on operational algorithms that result in, or inform, decisions that directly impact people or groups.

Fourteen government agencies self-assessed the algorithms they use to deliver their functions, focussing on areas most directly impacting decisions related to people.

Up until this point, there have been limited ways to provide assurance that these tools are being used appropriately.

The Data Ethics Advisory Group

In response to the report, the Data Ethics Advisory Group has been established to bring in perspectives and expertise from outside government on the use of data.

As public servants, there is a need to be honest and to acknowledge that the government does not have all the answers.

This Group will help ensure decisions around the use of data are made with input from people who have a range of backgrounds and expertise.

Group members were appointed after an expression of interest process. Specifically, expertise was sought to represent the following areas:

  1. Privacy and human rights law
  2. Ethics
  3. Innovative data use and data analytics
  4. Te Ao Māori
  5. Technology
  6. Public policy and government interests in the use of data

Professor Juliet Gerrard, the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor and Professor in Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland, has been appointed as the Group’s Chair.

According to the Professor, this group will provide a forum in which to discuss in depth the great opportunities that the combination of data and technology can bring to benefit Aotearoa New Zealand.

At the same time, keeping front of mind the growing challenges the country will face to ensure that the data is appropriately and sensitively treated, and that data sovereignty is respected.

The Group will meet four times a year in Wellington. The first meeting will be held in September 2019. Both the function and membership of the group will be reviewed after 12 months.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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