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Stefaan Verhulst: Unlocking Private Data for Public Good

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In his role as co-founder and chief research and development officer of The Governance Lab (The GovLab), Stefaan G. Verhulst and his team have done a lot of work with open data. The GovLab is a research center based at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering that explores how we can change the way we govern using new technology. And it has recently released a comprehensive report illustrating many of the ways open data is improving lives for people in developing economies.

This year, as a member of the Program Committee for Bloomberg’s upcoming Data for Good Exchange on September 24, 2017, Verhulst is hoping to steer the conversation a bit more toward private data. “Corporations have a lot of data that, if unlocked in one way or another, could be used for a variety of public good objectives,” says Verhulst, who has been active in the Data for Good Exchange since it began in 2014. “I see the Data for Good Exchange as an annual milestone in the whole movement to understand how data can improve people’s lives,” he says.

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