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PROJECT CONNECT & UNICEF : DATA SHARING POLICY

Project Connect and UNICEF are working on a project to provide a public, online mapping of every school in the world, including, real-time data about the quality of each school’s connectivity.   The goal of this project is to be as useful as possible to improve educational outcomes for all children.

As such, we aim to make as much data as possible publicly accessible on our platform.  However, we recognize that data about schools is inherently sensitive, and as such, have developed a framework on which data we make public.

UNICEF and Project Connect will rank each country (in some cases, regions of a country) as either high, medium, or low risk of the data being used to harm children.  This risk assessment will be compiled based on:

•  Incidences of schools in this country being targeted for violent acts
•  Rank of this country on the United States’ Trafficking in Persons reports and other statistics available on a country’s level of child trafficking
•  Rank of this country on the Global Terrorism Index, Fragile States Index, and other measures of general risk for violent extremism, violence, and conflict
•  Expert opinion of UNICEF’s in-country child protection staff

If a country is ranked as low risk, all data will be public, unless the provider of that data specifically opts for it not to be. 

For medium and high risk countries, and data that the provider requests to be private, the following system will be in place:
•  A committee will be set up for each country, which will consist of UNICEF, Project Connect, the Government of that country (in most cases), and select providers of data to include those providers that have given the most amount of data, and those that have requested to keep their data private
•  That committee will determine a baseline aggregation level of data that can be publicly shareable for that country (or region), or set of data, in the case of provider requested private data
•  Individual requests for lower level aggregation or raw data, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the committee, taking into account safety concerns, and validity of research requests and potential for learning.  No data that has been requested to be private will be shared without the explicit consent of the provider.

All data sharing and visualization will be consistent with relevant country-level and international laws regarding data privacy and child protection.

For any questions, please email sara@projectconnect.world