Our Mission

India's first policy-oriented research network dedicated to issues of data governance

The use of data in India's economic and governance processes has grown manifold over the past few years. However, our legal, policy and regulatory systems have not kept pace. This presents both challenges and opportunities. It makes for thorny public policy problems — but the lack of legacy systems also allows for innovation like the United Payments Interface and the National Digital Health Blueprint.

In 2019, IDFC Institute created the Data Governance Network to inform policymaking that tackles the challenges while exploiting the opportunities. The Network brings together some of India's leading policy think-tanks: National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), Internet Democracy project (IDP) and IT for Change (ITfC). Led by IDFC Institute, DGN undertakes and communicates research stemming from diverse viewpoints on market regulation, information privacy and digital rights. It hopes to help create a uniquely Indian model of data governance — one that, unlike the US or European Union models, can be an appropriate blueprint for developing economics.

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