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2021-09-30

Disparities in Data Access

Steven Lee

__There are many other barriers, including language, education, and culture. In our interview with Steven, we discuss ensuring a country’s populous have fair access to information and data. Finally, we’ll think about how we’re using data amid large-scale social, economic, and health emergencies, such as the COVID19 crisis, and if we’re using it in the right way.

Steven Lee is Senior Solution Leader at McKinsey, Researcher for Analytics and Complex Systems at University of Maryland, and Affiliated Faculty for the George Mason University School of Business. You can follow him on LinkedIn__.

Nowadays, to keep up with the world, one needs a smartphone — for example, to access breaking news or healthcare guidance. However, not everyone has a smartphone and a big data plan, so how can they access these critical resources during a global pandemic? Even for those who don’t have social media, are they missing any sources of awareness or knowledge?

In the Covid19 pandemic, we have already seen different groups of people react very differently to information. For example, when being notified of potential contact with someone who has tested positive with coronavirus, one might isolate as soon as possible, whereas another might ignore the information thoroughly.

Steven explained that there are many factors to consider when sharing information with the public:

  1. What is the information?
  2. How important is the data?
  3. What levels of risk are associated with it?
  4. Is it being sent out at the right time?
  5. How are different groups of people going to react to the information?

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