My Data 2019: Finding Fractals in our Data

I’m getting excited. I’ll be speaking at the MyData 2019 Conference in two sessions: A two-part workshop on mapping the personal information economy ecosystem, and then will be on a panel titled Finding Fractals in our Data.

Finding Fractal in our Data Abstract

Our world continues to become increasingly digitized and there is no sign of this slowing down. But when everything gets expressed in bits and bytes, things that are very distinct in real-life converge in the digital realm. At the same time, this trend is all-encompassing, so that everyone is included in this, whether they want it or not. When businesses develop models to make money from this, the sovereignty of people risks being disregarded. Stepping back from the immediate concerns of data value, this session will discuss fundamental issues underlying the digitization trend from business, legal, and technical viewpoints.

We will step into the rabbit hole and explore how two concepts that are legally regulated very differently, ie. speech and money, pose challenges when these both become ‘my data’. We will explore how the digital sovereignty of the individual can be preserved in an environment where both public and private institutions aim to extract value from personal data while preserving and the capacity for public and private institutions to innovate and thrive. Finally, we will look at how digitization leads to a decrease in choice for individuals. Is there still sovereignty and self-control for our creativity, our data, our daily life, our minds and emotions, our very own body?

Maybe, in the same way as fractals in mathematics can convey difficult concepts in an intuitively comprehensible form and beauty, we will be able to rise back up from this complexity and see a new way forward.

Speakers

Moderator

Sander van der Waal
LEAD OF THE FUTURE INTERNET LAB AT WAAG

Panelists

Michael J. Becker
STRATEGIC ADVISOR AND PRODUCT LEAD FOR ASSURANT’S DIGITAL IDENTITY PLATFORM, ASSURANT

Elizabeth Renieris
FOUNDER OF HACKYLAWYER

Alexandros Nousias
PRIVACY & ETHICS / MYDATA GREECE

Program Details

Track: Value for People
Host: Sander van der Waal
Place: Main Stage / Hall A
Time: 12:15 – 13:30 Friday, September 25

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