Informative and informatic data governance and governance of information technology (IT) systems have become increasingly important issues in the Brazilian and international markets.
The Brazilian Federal Department of Information Technology (DIT), in coordination with the Ministry of Industry and Competitiveness, is proposing to update the national IT policy.
The proposal includes an ambitious programme to establish a national IT governance framework and provide for effective monitoring and control of IT systems.
The document proposes to create an independent National Information Infrastructure (NI).
The NI will be headed by an independent Information Governance Board and include representatives of all stakeholders from IT, academia and industry.
The board will have the authority to approve or deny all proposed amendments to the national data governance rules.
The NI will have responsibility for ensuring that all IT systems, software, platforms and networks are appropriately governed by law.
The existing regulatory framework, including the existing data governance system, will be used to guide the development of a new data governance framework that is a fully informed and transparent framework.
The new data infrastructure will be managed in accordance with the laws, policies and guidelines in place.
In a statement, DIT director General of Policy and Strategy Luis Eduardo Galdávar said the new national IT framework will be “firmly grounded in the legal framework that already exists and will be fully transparent.”
Galdává has also expressed confidence that the framework will result in a more efficient use of information resources, and a more effective management of data.
According to the document, the NI will require the development and implementation of a “new data governance rule for all IT and network services.”
The rule will be designed to ensure that IT systems and networks comply with the law and that data governance is not abused.
This will include the development, approval and maintenance of appropriate IT governance standards.
A major task will be to provide an independent and transparent governance process to ensure the application of the law.
The information governance rules will be published on the government’s website and be updated by a committee composed of representatives from academia, industry and IT professionals.
According the document the NI is expected to create a national data and information governance framework for all sectors of the Brazilian economy, and it is expected that this will contribute to the development in Brazil of the country’s data governance technology, which is already in place in a number of sectors including IT, e-commerce, healthcare, and education.
The new information governance regulations, however, are likely to face challenges from the opposition.
In a statement issued on March 2, the opposition coalition’s congress secretary of information policy, José Manuel Santos, said that the new data and governance rules would be a threat to the independence of the Information Technology Regulatory Agency (ITRA).
He added that the legislation will undermine the independence and sovereignty of the government of Brazil and that the government should not introduce new legislation until the existing laws have been reformed.
In an email interview with Polygon, Dita Alves, research fellow at the Centre for Global Governance Studies at the University of São Paulo, said the main goal of the NI was to “promote the use of data in government and public services.”
The main reason why a national digital governance regime is needed, Alves said, is to ensure a better level of transparency in the management of public resources.
“If you have an inefficient government that is not responsive to citizens, then citizens will have a better idea of the level of corruption, and the level that you have to be accountable for,” she said.
“We need to ensure transparency in public services, which means we need to have an independent digital governance system.”
The DIT’s proposed framework for the future of the data governance regime includes a set of guidelines for IT governance, including requirements for a clear framework for data governance.
The rules are meant to be a guideline that the Brazilian government will follow to manage and protect the data that it has.
The guidelines provide for a framework for ensuring transparency and accountability in the administration of the information resources.