Today I had the opportunity to speak to a mostly private sector audience in Tokyo, looking to leverage opportunities from geo-spatial information. The venue was at the G-Space x ICT International Symposium organized by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the apex body responsible for ICT policy in Japan.
I was invited to speak about LIRNEasia’s experience in leveraging mobile network big data for public purposes. In the subsequent panel discussion, I was asked how to enable international collaboration in such efforts. My answer was two part: the very realizable possibility of sharing technical know-how both in developing human capacity as well as the infrastructure required to analyze such data sets; and the potentially long path that must be walked to enable greater sharing of such data. Sharing such data has to address both competitive issues as well as privacy issues, both areas that LIRNEasia seeks to address through its work in developing self-regulatory guidelines in collaboration with mobile network operators. But I also spoke about the very real business opportunities that exist for the private sector in meshing data from multiple sources to produce insights of commercial value.
My slides HERE.