Today, (28th January 2022) Meta (formerly Facebook) announced it is investing half a million euros with Irish institutions for research projects into privacy protection, data sharing and data governance. The projects will form part of Empower, an academic and industry research programme run by four SFI Research Centres: Lero, Insight, FutureNeuro and ADAPT.
As technology evolves and our lives become increasingly digitised, it is important that private and public organisations are being transparent and open about their data practices. The research projects will look at current data governance and privacy protection systems to identify gaps and opportunities to ensure that evolving privacy standards and protections are effective, inclusive and fair.
Meta is investing in this area of research as the company believes people should be confident that their data is protected, being shared responsibly and that they have meaningful options to access, delete, and move it.
Two projects which will be funded under Meta’s investment include:
Speaking about the collaboration, Director of Empower, Professor Markus Helfert of Maynooth
University said: “The investment from Meta supports innovative research projects addressing significant challenges of data governance helping to realise Empower’s ambition of establishing leading practices in data governance. This will form the foundation, technologies and key approaches of a trusted global data ecosystem, with positive societal impact. As the amount of data increases, data ecosystems need to be governed effectively driving complex information supply chains.”
The Empower research programme will run for four years and was launched in November 2021. Data sharing is not part of the agreement and Meta will not be sharing data with Empower for these research projects.