• May 15, 2020 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
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As governments, social service agencies and nonprofits contend with the impacts of COVID-19, these organizations must be able to share data with one another quickly to better enhance and coordinate their efforts in meeting the needs of those who are seeking employment and training opportunities, emergency childcare and other support services. But they must also do so in a responsible way that protects the rights of individuals and the trust placed in these organizations. Join us May 15, 2020, to learn how organizations around the country, in partnership with BrightHive, are finding ways to rapidly accelerate the process of collaborative sharing data, including:

  • Identifying specific use cases which responsible data sharing can address. 
  • Building a collective of organizations to design and develop Rapid Response Data Trusts—the legal, technical, and governance framework that empowers collectives to securely connect their data sources and create new, shared data resources. 
  • Implementing robust data governance strategies that allow for collaborative efforts to sustain and evolve, as well as to determine when and how data that has been collected should eventually be deleted. 

Presenters: Experts from BrightHive​

  • Matthew Gee, CEO
  • Natalie Evans Harris, Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Initiatives

Special Guests:

  • Cara Ciminillo, Executive Director, Trying Together (Allegheny County)
  • Michael Vente, Senior Director of Research and Data Governance, Colorado Department of Higher Education
  • Sara Jordan, Policy Council, AI, the Future of Privacy Foundation

About BrightHive:

BrightHive helps organizations, networks and communities securely and responsibly link their data to enhance their impact, empower individual and collective decision making, and increase equity of opportunity. BrightHive Data Trusts provide the legal, technical and governance framework that empowers networks of organizations to securely connect their data sources and create new, shared data resources.  

About the Presenters

Matthew Gee, CEO, BrightHive


Matt Gee is co-founder and CEO at BrightHive, a public benefit corporation that designs, develops, and manages data collaboratives. BrightHive works with public and private-sector collaboratives to put in place a legal, technical, and governance framework called a data trust, empowering collectives of organizations to responsibly share, integrate, and use their respective data sources for a combined purpose. Matt is a Data and Society Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Knowledge Lab and the co-founder of the Data Science for Social Good fellowship, funded by Schmidt Futures. Matt has led dozens of major research and
open innovation initiatives in interoperability, data governance, machine learning, and AI. Prior to BrightHive, Matt worked at the US Treasury, University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy, and founded several companies using data to improve society. He's served as an advisor to Code for America, DataKind, and the World Bank. Matt is a graduate of Brigham Young University and the University of Chicago. 

Natalie Evans Harris, Co-Founder and Head of Strategic Initiatives, BrightHive


Natalie Evans Harris is a sought-after thought leader on the ethical and responsible use of data after nearly 20 years advancing the public sector’s strategic use of data, including a 16 year career at the National Security Agency, and 18 months with Obama Administration. Known for working with a broad network of academic institutions, data science organization, application developers, and foundations to advance the responsible use of data standards, APIs, and ethical algorithms to directly benefit people, Natalie co-founded and currently serves as Head of Strategic Initiatives of BrightHive, a data trust platform delivering a suite of smart data collection, integration, and governance products to social services providers for improved access to and usability of social sector data. She founded the Community-driven Principles for Ethical Data Sharing (CPEDS) community of practice with
over 1200 active members focused on strengthening ethical practices in the data science community through crowd- sourcing of a Data Science Code of Ethics. Now the Global Data Ethics Project (GDEP) she serves as a Strategic Advisor in advancing the adoption of tools, techniques, and practices developed by the community. As a Senior Policy Advisor to the US Chief Technology Officer in the Obama Administration, she founded The Data Cabinet - a federal data science community of practice with over 200 active members across more than 40 federal agencies. 

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