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Dubai sets up committee to decide on data dilemma

Dubai Open Data Committee aims to strike a balance between making data available and maintaining data security

Dubai sets up committee to decide on data dilemma
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Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of Dubai Executive Council, has issued a resolution to create the Dubai Open Data Committee as part of the emirate's Smart City initiative.

The resolution aims to strike a balance between making data available and maintaining data security in line with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's plan to transform Dubai into a smart city.

The new resolution also aims to provide open access data - aligned with global practice - to ensure that data is readily available for its Dubai audience, while enhancing the experience of sharing and receiving information, a statement said.

It added that the Dubai Open Data Committee will "implement a number of tasks which guarantees ease of information flow and information security at the same time".

It will coordinate with concerned entities in Dubai to define the scope of open data, classifications and issue priorities regarding circulation and sharing mechanisms.

The open data committee is headed by Abdulla Al Madani from Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and comprises representatives from a number of government entities in Dubai.

The committee also includes Wesam Lootah from Dubai Smart Government, Mohammed Shael from Department of Economic Development, Mohammed Al Zaffin from Dubai Municipality, Ahmad Al Falasi from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Khalid Al Razouki from Dubai Police, in addition to representatives from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority and Dubai Centre for E-Security.

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