We’ve had enough of digital monopolies and surveillance capitalism. We want an alternative world that works for everyone, just like the original intention of the web and net.

We seek a world of open platforms and protocols with real choices of applications and services for people. We care about privacy, transparency and autonomy. Our tools and organisations should fundamentally be accountable and resilient.

Christoph Witzany [LibreList] Session Suggestion: Data Autonomy 2015-10-17 14:59:48 (3 years 11 mons 20 days 23:24:00 ago)
I'd like to propose a session for Sunday:

DataAutonomy in the age of Silos

Autonomy, the sovereignty of individuals over data about them gains importance with the amount of data that is created.

Data Autonomy has two aspects, access and confidentially.

Access is the possibility to know what data exists about us and to read it. This ability must be guarded against two problems. Very often nowadays we are not told what data is collected about us. The Europe vs. Facebook case illustrated this problem very well, but arguably more data is collected by government actors. On the other hand we cannot access the data about us. Besides the obvious fact that we do not have access to data we don't know are being collected, cloud providers also can cut off access to our accounts for seemingly arbitrary reasons, leading to a loss of access to data we collected for our own use.

Confidentiality entails the possibility to decide what data about us we want to share with whom. This concerns data that we collect, like photo albums or emails, but also data that is collected about us, like energy use or credit card transactions.

Both access and confidentiality can be enabled by technical and organisational means. Generally it needs a combination of both approaches.