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I visit my family, and wonder when I will be able to see them again. I feel relieved I have stocked up, and I am very aware of my privilege. Our leadership ask us to outline how our work could be used in the COVID-19 response. I review the document and leave comments in a red font. Some of the worst ideas are taken out, but I still feel sick and guilty reading it. We have no responsible data policy. While many of us understand the concepts, there are no systems to enforce ethical behaviour, so people can be forgiven for constructing interventions that do not meet responsible data guidelines. We have no guardrails. We hold a meeting to discuss our policy and all agree that it is important. We figure out a way forward. Only a small piece of document review stands in the way of us piloting our new process for one of our programmes. It is late March. My partner and I are now at home, and so is our pre-schooler. I have even less time to work. I grapple with guilt continually— about parenting, about work, about being so tired that I fall asleep when I should be spending time with my partner. Our supplies are holding up. My introversion is not. At a meeting, a donor colleague challenges the group to abide by the principles and frameworks they agreed to before the pandemic. By our standards, this is robust language. Privately, they share that they cannot stop other departments organising hackathons and internally circulating unsolicited private sector tech ideas. Under an unprecedented caseload, everyone needs to point to innovative, moonshot responses that might allow them to mount a meaningful response to COVID-19. We are told to pivot as much of our work as possible to the COVID-19 response. It seems our donors expect it. We replan, adding COVID-19 elements to some projects, delaying or cancelling others, starting new things. In the upheaval, I never remind colleagues to comment on our draft responsible

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