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Policy to Enable Data Sharing

Policymakers need to ensure that mobility data sharing between public and private stakeholders is aligned with sustainable mobility objectives. The lack of coordinated policy actions can exacerbate urban mobility challenges while threatening core public values such as equality, privacy and security. We are collaborating with the International Road Federation (IRF) and the SuM4ALL consortium to create a global policy framework that seeks to guide critical areas of policy intervention. This work also offers actionable and specific guidance to policymakers. 

    The challenge

    The rapidly evolving mobility landscape lacks a holistic policy framework around data sharing. Risks and benefits of data sharing are valued differently across geographies and policy approaches also vary. Best practices are not clearly established, especially with regards to value exchange, data governance models and cross-sectoral data sharing. The lack of policy around data sharing in mobility has often caused negative outcomes including monopolization of the data economy, violations of privacy and adverse health and environmental impacts. 

    The business case

    Sharing data could create immense value, contributing to economic development, job creation and strengthening of local innovation and research capabilities. A comprehensive policy framework can support rapid scaling of effective, secure, and ethical data sharing. Businesses hold a valuable perspective on the evolution of technologies and business models that should be incorporated into any policymaking process.  

    The solution

    A sound policy framework is vital to the development and scaling of effective, economically viable, secure, and ethical data sharing models to achieve a more accessible, efficient, safe, and green mobility system. It can align data-sharing initiatives to the achievement of sustainable mobility objectives, ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to protect core public values such as equity, privacy, and security and capture broader economic value by establishing a fair and competitive market that prevents data monopolies and supports innovative organizations of all sizes.

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