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Akademy2021 – How we can Solve the Personal Data Problem

YouTube – The KDE Community – By Björn Balazs – “Data collaboratives, trusts, cooperatives and many more have for long been discussed as a cure for the current problems with personal data. None of them so far succeeded in practice. I think, we can change this. In my talk, I will provide a vision for a system, that is trustworthy, democratic, transparent and that guarantees digital privacy for each and everyone, while providing fair access to personal data for those interested. I will show that a ‘global digital personal data cooperative’ can be realized and what we in KDE can do for it right now. Compared to a traditional cooperative, this is facing some special challenges, such as:

  • Personal data is immaterial
  • The data is extremely sensible
  • The problem to be solved is global
  • There is an existing market, where we can individually trade our data for ‘free’ services
  • How we want to handle personal data differs per person and will change over time

I will show how we as KDE, free software communities and civil society can deal with these challenges and just start hacking the system right away. We can actually change the world. We can make it securely private again, without loosing the comfort of big data.”

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