In his 2015 talk Haunted By Data, Maciej Ceglowski convincingly argued the case that a lot of the way companies talk about personal or aggregated personal data is almost exactly wrong; rather than thinking about it as a pristine resource that flows in limpid streams, is pooled in data lakes, and then stored in the cloud; it's much more sensible to think about it as toxic waste or radioactive material that we don't yet know how to handle.
The role of data in the current digitally soaked society is so important that data has been repeatedly defined in several and different spheres as the new oil, a new factor of production, and the currency of today's digital market. 90 per cent of the data present in the world today has been created in the last two years and this huge amount is expected to grow by 40 per cent annually over the next decade, a forecast consistent with the diffusion of smartphone usage and the expansion of the Internet of Things ecosystem.
Imagine a city authority that aims to strengthen citizen participation through transparent petitions, or intends to involve citizens in pollution- and noise-control programs, making people more conscious about health data and the environment. In these cases, we have many actors – citizens, cities, civic organizations, businesses, and communities – that need to make use of technology in order to deploy a service, share information, or control data and activities’ results.
Mirko Marras, Matteo Manca and David Laniado from Eurecat introduce the visualisations they're developing to use open and citizen-generated data for public good.
Waag Society's Job Spierings and Max Kortlander explore how DECODE is building an alternative vision to our current data models.
Analytical framework of the democratic and procommons qualities of collaborative economy organizations
A short review of Visual Programming Languages
For many years it’s been a cliche to claim that information or data are the new oil. This fits well for the purposes of commodifying and selling data, but the analogy poorly matches data’s core properties. Oil is a scarce physical resource. Data and information by contrast can be replicated without limit and often become more valuable the more they are shared.
Through pilots in Barcelona and Amsterdam, DECODE will be showcase and test a variety of potential use cases for the technology
For the DECODE project we performed an initial study to chart the initial privacy requirements for DECODE and how they could be addressed in the DECODE architecture. As a point of departure we took the Privacy Design Strategies that we developed several years ago. These strategies translate
the soft legal norms into more concrete design requirements that engineers understand.
This post offers some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of blockchain technology, with particular reference to the DECODE project. DECODE is a pan-European effort to research and pilot new approaches to how people manage their personal data. Here I’ll describe what a blockchain is, why blockchains are relevant to personal data management, and what difficulties might arise as the technology becomes implemented more widely.
The team at UCL introduce their role in DECODE building a scalable distributed ledger
Nesta's research workshop considered plausible future scenarios for the personal data economy. This blog offers an overview of the discussion.
Our new project DECODE aims to give people better control of their personal data.