The commercial world is undergoing a broad transformation associated with recent technological developments that generate unprecedented volumes and types of data. The so-called ‘data economy’ thrives by unlocking value from the analysis of data streams that describe social and individual phenomena. However, the explosion of value that has been set off comes with its own set of social challenges, such as information security and personal privacy. Moreover, large sections of global security have yet to experience the benefits brought by these transformations.
This project, and the resulting report, assesses the feasibility of data financing: a type of innovative financing intended to capture a small slice of the value created in the commercial exploitation of data and redirect that value towards achievement of broader social objectives.