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TECHNO LOGY Anonymous I

Smart people work at international NGOs. Maybe you know some of them. You know they agree with you about the importance of responsible data, the great risks of harm they involve. But what on earth are they doing in there?

It is late January. The BBC News podcasts that soundtrack my commute bring me the first reports of COVID-19 as they emerge. Rationally, I know this could be serious, but the grind of work and home keeps urgency at bay. At the office, our customary internal chaos is all-consuming. I have been working for almost a year to institutionalise a basic responsible data policy for our data work, which is core to our mission, but the process has stalled and the report I have been writing languishes in an open tab. The work is high priority, but I am the only staff member assigned to it and run several other programmes. Frankly, it is more important that we be seen to be doing this type of work than that we get it right. Responsible data is part of my background, and I feel like I am failing. Embarrassed, I am avoiding my usual list-serves and colleagues. I file new

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