Data Governance: Directing the Flow of Information
The following excerpt is based on the book Tomorrow’s Jobs Today, available at fine booksellers from John Hunt Publishers.
Tomorrow’s leaders will be brave enough to scale the dangerous peaks of an increasingly competitive and ethically challenging mountain range. They will drive the problematic conversations that illuminate the valleys in between. One of those leaders is Dr. Jones Lukose Ongalo, the Information Management Officer for the Court Pénale Internationale at the Criminal Court in the Hague. He has spent the last two decades developing and implementing strategies to achieve operational effectiveness and regulatory compliance for engineering firms in energy and utility sectors and judicial organizations within Africa, Europe, and the Americas. Dr. Ongalo is featured in our new book Tomorrow’s Jobs Today available from John Hunt Publishers.
“We now live in a world where small sets of information can alter the economies of the most powerful organizations and states on the planet. It is a world where compact streams of sensitive information can digitally leak and cause violent reactions from people living far and beyond the source.”
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From the interview
Jones, the entire information management community before 1983, when ARPANET was born, consisted of a relatively small group of librarians, archivists, and museum curators around the world. In just a few decades, the internet has fundamentally altered the way we access, catalog, and contextualize facts and ultimately process knowledge. Ensuring context and narrative is no longer the role of a Putman editor or an associated press. Has this “democratization of data” impacted our ability as a society to discern truth, when truth and the very integrity of records can be so easily manipulated for political, personal, or other nefarious reasons?
The notion of all of us information managers becoming a part of the data-information system, as seen in modern (digital) networks today, is not entirely new. Today, the information manager is no longer external and neutral, but through the act of ingestion and dissemination becomes a part of the information ecosystem. It also has enormous implications on the role and responsibilities of information managers in the born-digital world.
The quandary is that the process of accountability is entangled in complexity. As information managers come to understand more about democratized data, it seems increasingly likely that events on a data level are not only unpredictable but simply infinitely more complex than ever previously imagined. The actions on data in one location often have a remarkable and unexpected impact on another seemingly disconnected group of data. Because of this, one key facet of information accountability recognizes that every action can have unforeseen and exotic consequences. In practice, this means that the outcome of any given policy decision or action is nowhere near as predictable as previously supposed: ensuring protection from viruses does not necessarily bring security, policies intended to manage protection can create crises in other areas, such as data integrity and provenance.