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Meta Joins UAE Government to Spearhead Big Data Related Initiative

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00

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The UAE Government Development and Future Office along with Meta, Facebook's parent company and the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Centre (FCSC) launched the "Driving Data for Good" initiative. The move is made as part of the "Future Partnerships" initiative to improve decision-making and design initiatives that would advance the UAE's future-readiness.

The partnership program seeks to use Big Data to help the government build initiatives, projects, and services that will help people achieve their goals while also evaluation their influence on social well-being.

Meta's programme showcases a variety of cutting-edge tools and provides real-time aggregate public data on a variety of topics, including traffic, demographics, social media usage, and start-up distribution, among others.

To protect people' privacy, the given data will not be classified as personal or private.

“The programme represents the government's role as a platform for developing and supporting innovative collaborations with various business partners to shape the future”, according to Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Government Development and the Future.

It also represents the UAE's approach to forging global alliances with big players, thereby bolstering efforts to shape the future and expand the government's work ecosystem with innovative solutions.

"Governments must use Big Data to construct a brighter future and improve their future readiness. It provides key indicators that show societal trends and define people's desires for services and projects that improve their well-being", she continued.

She also stated that the UAE government is eager to utilise this technical tool in order to better serve society while ensuring individual privacy in the digital realm.

Al Roumi emphasised that the relationship with Meta is part of an innovative project to use Meta's tools and collaborate with the FCSC to support policy-making, service and project design, and impact assessment.

The new initiative is expected to improve the quality of government decisions, increase the effectiveness of government programmes, and spur creativity in the development of initiatives that will improve future readiness, increase performance efficiency, and have a beneficial impact on society.

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