Recently, Kristi Mansfield, Seer Data and Analytics CEO and Co-Founder, was invited by the Office of the Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C) to represent the Australian private sector as a delegate to the G20 multi-stakeholder dialogue on Data Free Flow with Trust.

Hosted by the Indonesian Government, the G20 meeting provided a platform for the discussion of bilateral and multilateral agreements and principles for data sharing with trust, with various international leaders addressing key themes around international data sharing. Key themes included earning and managing trust in data and critical infrastructure across borders, how to manage data standardisation, the importance of data governance for effective B2G, G2G and cross border data sharing, privacy and collaboration; an enabling factor for the successful implementation of cross border data flow.

Exploring these key themes, Indonesian Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate asserted that the future of data will be bigger than what can be imagined at this time. According to Mr. Plate, cross-border data flow will “regulate the development of the global digital ecosystem”. Mr. Plate appealed to all G20 delegates to continue to prioritise global data governance to promote global recovery through empowering use of digital technology.

Focussing on the public benefits of global data sharing across nations and local data sharing to drive toward agency for local communities and better outcomes, Kristi was one of only two Australian delegates to present to an audience of international leaders and representatives.

The perspective Kristi shared was one of public benefit value through cross border collaboration, as it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the value of data at the community level for effective actions that are aligned to the SDGs. With the goal of moving towards the principle of ensuring non-sensitive data is open by default, Kristi highlighted the need for a commitment from Australia and G20 partners to make more government data available and open in an agile manner.

Kristi showcased that achieving this would pave the way for data to become interoperable and utilised for international cross border collaboration, with international standards applied.

Kristi demonstrated the case study of the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) – an exemplar of the value of cross border data sharing, whereby international exchanges of data and sharing has been used to drive insights on weather patterns and emergencies (climate related in particular).

Kristi regularly advocates for data sovereignty, data sharing and access for all on behalf of people working on the ground in communities, Not-for-Profits and service providers to improve lives and outcomes. Connect with Kristi on LinkedIn if you would like to discuss her advocacy work further.