Data is growing at an exponential rate with the proliferation of smartphones, mobile internet, the Internet of Things (IoT) and emerging digital technologies. Data has the potential to empower individuals with access to better services or harm with privacy breaches. The need of the hour is effective governance of data. The Data Governance Network is a multi-disciplinary network of researchers formed to address these challenges through insightful, evidence-based research. We aim to inform policy making and build a body of knowledge that shapes the discourse around significant themes like #privacy #consent #regulation and #dataempowerment.