What if we could shift the ownership of personal data from corporations to individuals? In the long term, this has to be a better, fairer arrangement.
I’m involved with a company that is trying to do just that. Dataswift (dataswift.io) Has developed a technology (the core technology was funded by the UK government and is open source) where individuals can hold their personal data on micro servers. These micro servers are linked up in an exchange, to enable ethical exchange of data.
I’m Involved because of the governance aspects. The founders recognised that fair, transparent and impartial governance would be vital to the long-term success of the project. They set up An autonomous not-for-profit company, a foundation, that is responsible for the governance (and holds a golden share in Dataswift).
What would such governance look like? Who might be involved? How would you balance all the various interests to ensure the biggest benefit to the widest number of people?
This is such a big question that the board of the foundation (of which I am a member) is thinking of creating a type of open source project to explore it. Does anyone have any thoughts, ideas or expertise to contribute to help take such a project forward? Any thoughts on how we might fund the project? Who might we involve? What technology might we use to host the conversation?