The Principles for Digital Development are a set of guidelines meant to help tech-enabled international development programs become more effective and sustainable. “Pulse on the Principles” connects our global network of development and humanitarian practitioners to discuss successes, challenges, and the potential for putting the Digital Principles into practice! Our conversations will cover the intersection of technology and development, examining critical topics such as COVID-19, responsible data, gender and inclusion, and digital literacy. Keep your finger on the Digital Principles’ pulse: visit digitalprinciples.org, SUBSCRIBE to our show on your favorite podcast app, and leave a 5-star review!
S8 E3: The Future is Now
The Principles for Digital Development were created over a decade ago as international development and humanitarian practitioners began integrating accessible digital technology in programming. And while the Digital Principles didn’t quite revolutionize the field, their establishment created a common language and vision around how to institutionalize lessons learned. That was in 2016. Fast forward and a lot has changed: digital technology is accessible, commonly adopted into programming, and we are witnessing new kinds of technology emerging that have incredible potential to both help and harm economies, societies, and the way we work and live. In this mini-season, we will look ahead to explore the new challenges that come with new technology and see how global actors and the Digital Principles themselves can evolve to ensure that technology benefits all.
S8 E2: Digital Technology and Environmental Sustainability: Is it a match?
Widespread adoption of digital technology has improved the way we access information, services, and economic opportunities, but at what cost to the environment? Claudine Lim hosts Carlosfelipe Pardo and Angelina Fisher to weigh the tradeoffs on how technology both exacerbates and mitigates the impacts of climate change and the natural environment.
Keep Tech in Check: Regulatory Change for Emerging Technologies
Emerging technologies are introducing a new digital era, driving innovative business and service models. This comes with new pressures for regulators and global actors to balance public interests and fair markets, all while allowing innovative businesses to thrive. Miriam Stankovic (Senior Digital Policy Specialist, DAI) sits with host, Claudine Lim, to explore critical questions and approaches to ensuring equitable and sustainable governance frameworks, protocols, and policy systems.
Data Without Borders
The Digital Principle “Reuse and Improve” is often applied to data: by leveraging existing information, we can drastically reduce operating costs and quickly improve services and systems. On a national level, opening data flows can impact economies by increasing trade volume and productivity while reducing prices for industries that increasingly rely on data. Thus, for any nation participating in the global economy, effective and clear policy on cross-border data flows is necessary. But as we know, there are legitimate concerns around risks to human rights and citizen safety. In this episode, Angelina Fisher (NYU School of Law), Tom Orrell (DataReady), and Chris Calabrese (Microsoft) compare their industry’s innovative approaches to governing the surge in data and designing robust policies that retain a fine balance between the benefits and risks of data flows and governance.
Addressing the Cyber in Security
The use of digital technologies in international development and humanitarian programs to deliver information, services, and assistance has become commonplace, but cybersecurity in these areas have been largely untapped. Without it, ICT becomes a potential new point of failure that could threaten to undo development progress. In this episode, Claudine Lim sits with Melissa Hathaway and Francesca Spidalieri to discuss key takeaways for development and humanitarian practitioners to consider from their recent report "Integrating Cyber Capacity into the Digital Development Agenda." Mark Manantan (Resident Vasey Fellow, Pacific Forum) joins the conversation to share cyber strategies, challenges, and breakthroughs in the Indo-Pacific.
When Privacy + Security Isn't Enough: How to Design for Safety
The Digital Principle, "Address Privacy and Security", is framed around the idea of data and how it’s collected, used, stored, and shared. Recent community discussions have been increasingly focused on how ICT practitioners can better preempt digital harm issues other than data protection. Claudine Lim sits with John Zoltner of Save the Children US, and development consultant researcher, Priscilla Wahome Majani, to explore how digital development stakeholders are collaborating to advance child protection in the digital space.
Accessible, informative, and engaging!
I appreciated the host’s ability to keep the conversations accessible to non-experts—this is so important for discussions surrounding policy and technology, which often are only understandable to the practitioners! Keep it up!
Need more pods like this
Excellent framing and quality. The hosts are very knowledgeable.
Interesting nexus of issues
Really interesting discussions about a wide cross-section of issues. Looking forward to future episodes!