Data for sale: 

More data and more data exchanges are to come. There are at least 15 of these online marketplaces for big data in some stage of development in China. Established by city or regional governments, these pilot projects are state-run, or operating on a mixed public-private basis. Government agencies are the primary sources of the datasets. Whether private companies will be willing to put their data up for sale is an open question. The buyers may be individuals or companies. Qualifications for purchases are unclear, with various data exchanges asking potential buyers to register first. 

Data exchanges are a key element in China’s ambitious digital plans. The 14th Five-Year Plan, released in March, set forth Beijing’s plan to integrate technology into development, digitizing everything from industrial production to agriculture to municipal governance. The digitization plan even extends to culture, sports, and lifestyle services such as libraries, hospitals, and nursing homes. 

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Julia Lu

Julia is an intern at TechNode. After graduating from Harvard University, she worked in the entertainment industry with Chinese writers and directors. Since then, she has researched the international impact...