Discover the transformative power of digital technologies and data commons in Africa through a groundbreaking chapter authored by Jacqueline M. Klopp, from Columbia University and Agraw Ali Beshir and Esthelyne Dusabe, from WRI. The chapter, titled “Digital Technologies, Data Commons and Rights in Africa“, delves into the realm of urban transport and sheds light on the immense potential for innovation, economic growth and social development that arises from the expanding digital landscape and data availability across the continent.
The chapter begins by examining the implications of the digital revolution and the abundant data it generates for policy and governance. It explores emerging principles and frameworks, such as the Digital Principles for Development and the International Open Data Charter, designed to ensure that digital tools and data foster public benefits. The authors then delve into specific challenges and opportunities presented by the digital era in African cities’ transport sector. A focal point of the chapter is the case study of DT4A, a collaborative initiative aimed at establishing a “digital common” and fostering a community that guides ethical digital development in the transport sector, prioritizing the public interest. The authors highlight the significance of this project as a model for leveraging digital tools and data in a responsible manner.
The chapter is now available as an open access resource. Read it here.