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Bill Gates is looking for the balance between data privacy and innovation

Kevin J. Delaney
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One of Bill Gates’ 2019 resolutions is to learn and think more about the best balance between privacy and innovation.

“How can we use data to gain insights into education (like which schools do the best job of teaching low-income students) or health (like which doctors provide the best care for a reasonable price) while protecting people’s privacy?” the Microsoft cofounder wrote.

We recently asked Gates whether our current individual data privacy system is broken. In the video above, you can see his response to that question, and hear him talk about how to maintain privacy while analyzing data for purposes such as improving health, social services, and education outcomes.

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