May 17, 2022


Born to play

Don’t confuse data protection with data literacy

There are many clichés all over info, from referring to it as the new oil to the assertion that we’re blind and deaf without it. But inspite of the buzzwords, these statements have an element of truth of the matter to them: the modern day entire world generates and consumes much more info than at any other stage in heritage, and comprehending how to obtain and use it is crucial.

A panel of info specialists – Simon Ratcliffe of Ensono, Suzy Gallier of health info analysis hub Pioneer, and Jane Deal of The Law Modern society – came alongside one another to talk about the topic of info-readiness at Computing‘s IT Leaders Discussion board last month. All agreed that high-quality and transparency of info are vital, but comprehending info is even much more so.

One particular of the most effective strategies to market info literacy is by storytelling: a stage all 3 panellists agreed on. Deal said she employed this in a earlier job, at the Royal Nationwide Institute of Blind Individuals, to educate individuals about info safety.

“We selected a individual in fundraising who was a little bit of a are living wire and a fantastic storyteller to make an posting. As an alternative of ‘What you need to know about info protection’ he titled it ‘Are you the weakest hyperlink?’, wrote a tale and built it real for individuals. Individuals were being well by the posting in advance of they realised they were being becoming talked to about info safety.”

Ratcliffe also agreed, referring again to this response when dealing with an viewers question about the GDPR:

“Details literacy just isn’t all about just becoming info, info, info… There wants to be a stage of recognition in there. I am a enormous believer in the concept of storytelling, and if you really don’t use the word info in a tale that is even improved, mainly because all of a sudden individuals are thinking about it in a context that will make perception to them.

“The difficulty with info is it is develop into a headline, much like GDPR became a headline, and in fact the correct tale lies underneath that. Fairly like info safety – and I consider info literacy is the exact same – it is about not only comprehending the great importance of info, but also comprehending what’s not essential in there. Not all info is equivalent… We need to learn to choose a pragmatic see of it.”

Gallier said that storytelling had served Pioneer in a identical trend.

“It is really about generating [info] contextual for the particular person, so there are unique stories and videos, and we have actors actively playing out scenes of somebody asking for a precise piece of info in a scientific natural environment, so it will make individuals see how these factors can quickly happen if you usually are not thinking about it. As a medical center we choose that incredibly severely.”

Even so, there must be a stability amongst info safety and info use. Defending info, specially in a health care natural environment, is amazingly essential, but you can not just lock every little thing down and call it fantastic. “I have occur across organisations where nothing at all can go any place,” said Ratcliffe. Gallier expanded on his stage:

“The entire stage is that if we really don’t get [info literacy] proper and we really don’t in fact help obtain and make that info discoverable, we’re not going to have the up coming large amount of innovation we’re not going to have the up coming transformation… Similarly, it is constantly about that stability: what are we in fact allowed to do, and what stage of info are we capable to supply?”

To sum up: info literacy is unquestionably critical, but so is info safety. Use storytelling to fully grasp equally, and really don’t let a single stand in the way of the other.

All of the classes from the latest IT Leaders Discussion board, masking all facets of info readiness and use, are now accessible to check out on-demand.