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The Role of Technology in Governance: the Example of Privacy Enhancing Technologies

McCarthy, Natasha; Fourniol, Franck

The collection of data, its analysis and the publication of insights from data promise a range of benefits, but can carry risks for individuals and organisations. This paper sets out a way to identify the right role for technologies in governance of data use. The paper examines the potential of Privacy Enhancing Technologies to support governance of data use, and considers their role based on their current state of development and the trajectory of technological development. This involves consideration both of how these technologies can potentially enable governments and others to unlock the value of data; and also recognition of both contingent and in principle limitations on the role of PETs in ensuring well-governed use of data.

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