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General comments for this week:

This week I started to additionally monitor the #cities channel. The local hub MyData Germany went through the approval process and the local hub MyData South Korea was renamed to MyData Korea to cover a bigger region. Please let @Ansku Tuomainen know if you have a submission for the MyData monthly newsletter. And there were a number of excellent articles posted this week I highly recommend for #reading!

On a meta-level I got the interesting feedback that the Weekly Digest is like an 'adventure game with a lot of hidden features'. I consider this as a very appreciative feedback - nevertheless, through a few subtle changes I hope to make it more clear now how to navigate through the provided information:

  • click on the MyData icon to view the post in Slack,
  • show all posts of a user by clicking on the username, or
  • click on a #tag to show related posts.

Please continue to send my feedback either via email, on Slack @Christoph Fabianek, or talk to me at the MyData conference next week!

Noteworthy Information
Privacy matters because it empowers us all  show on Slack
John W.  

Don’t just give away your privacy to the likes of Google and Facebook – protect it, or you disempower us all.

Information gerrymandering in social networks skews collective decision-making  show on Slack
John W.  

An analysis shows that information flow between individuals in a social network can be ‘gerrymandered’ to skew perceptions of how others in the community will vote — which can alter the outcomes of elections.

The Algorithmic Colonization of Africa  show on Slack
John W.  

Startups are importing and imposing AI systems founded on individualistic and capitalist drives. “Mining” people for data is reminiscent of the colonizer attitude that declares humans as raw material.

App attempts a rare trick in China: Online Privacy  show on Slack
John W.  

In a country where privacy protections are considered weak and anything-goes data collection has become the norm, Chinese tech entrepreneur Yang Geng stands out. His service, LeakZero, helps people surf the web anonymously, protect passwords and send encrypted messages. By design, he can’t find out the names of the app’s users or even know how many there are. It doesn’t have a so-called ‘back door.’

2019 Privacy Tech Vendor Report  show on Slack
John W.  

The privacy tech vendor market continues to mature as more organizations around the world adopt products and services that help automate and streamline necessary functions for the privacy office and enterprise as a whole.

Open & Agile Smart Cities  show on Slack
Stijn Vernaillen  

You should check with the people of https://oascities.org/ and the Synchronicity project. I think they've done a lot of research and gained a lot of experience on data collection in the public domain and making sure it is inline with the European GDPR regulation on privacy.

'Digital' becomes a top priority for the EU Commission  show on Slack
John W.  

Today, President-elect of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed the list of nominated commissioners who will constitute the new College of Commissioners of the European Union for the next five years. The least we can say is that she has set the bar very high when it comes to regulating the digital economy. None less than three commissioners have been tasked with overseeing the digital economy within the European Union: Margrethe Vestager (digital watchdog), Didier Reynders (data protection commissioner), and Sylvie Goulard (promoter of the Digital Single Market)

Finland’s Top Industry Strives to be the Global Leader in Utilizing Data  show on Slack
Karolina Mackiewicz  

The Intelligent Industry Ecosystem of top Finnish companies pursues growth through better utilization of data and AI, leading to tens of thousands of new jobs. Nokia, Konecranes, Cargotec, Tieto and SSAB, among others, launched today the new InDEx Programme, financed by Business Finland and the companies themselves.

How Menstruation Apps Are Sharing Your Data  show on Slack

A shocking report about period tracker apps. Not only for ladies.

UK Gov request for user data from government website sparks alarm  show on Slack
Berit Skjernaa  

Privacy campaigners question urgency of move and motives of PM and Dominic Cummings

The Tech Pledge  show on Slack
Berit Skjernaa  

Take the Tech Pledge and join the movement: Make tech a force for good. Created by 150 people in technology during this years Techfestival.

Privacy Policy of Brella.io  show on Slack
Karolina Mackiewicz  

This year the MyData conference team offer to use the networking app Brella (available in the App Store & Google Play) with the joincode: MyData2019. But you should read the Privacy Policy of Brella.io since a few people felt not overly comfortable with the terms. It states: 'Our legitimate interest (for attendees) to manage and develop our customer & attendee relationships and further develop our business operations. You have a right to opt-out of direct marketing each time we provide marketing to you.'

Regulating Industrial Internet Through IPR, Data Protection and Competition Law  show on Slack

This book is the result of a larger project titled ‘Future Regulation of Industrial Internet (FRII)’, a collaborative academic-industry study funded by Business Finland (former Tekes). Experts in various relevant fields of science and industry measure the legal tensions created by Industrial Internet in our global economy and propose solutions that are both theoretically valuable and concretely practical, identifying workable business models and practices based on both technical and legal knowledge.

Our Data Future  show on Slack

Our digital environment is changing, fast. Nobody knows exactly what it’ll look like in five to ten years’ time, but we know that how we produce and share our data will change where we end up. We have to decide how to protect, enhance, and preserve our rights in a world where technology is everywhere and data is generated by every action.

Data agency at stake: MyData activism and alternative frames of equal participation  show on Slack

Data activism has emerged as a response to asymmetries in how data and the means of knowledge production are distributed. This article examines MyData, a data activism initiative developing principles for a new technical and commercial ecosystem in which individuals control the use of personal data.

Questions Asked
Share consent with another company?  show on Slack

Does anyone know whether if there's an easy way to share consent, or rather show that the user provided consent, to another company in a safe and reliable way? There are already a few answers in the Slack discussion.

Looking for case studies of data governance models  show on Slack
Steve Coutts  

OpenNorth is currently leading a research project that is undertaking research on behalf of the City of Toronto, in the context of its increasing use of data and 'smart city' technologies in service delivery as well as outside proposals for future projects, including the Quayside project of Waterfront Toronto, working with Sidewalk Labs. We would appreciate your help in finding useful and informative case studies of data governance models from around the world.

@Initiators: Participate to Design Thematic Group  show on Slack

As you might have seen across different MyData conferences, the design has been quite steadily been developed as one of the important tracks. Some are planning to establish now a thematic group around design and will host a session at the MyData conference to raise interest and clarify the goals and action plans for the group together with likeminded people. You are invited to participate in the meetup and also to get to know the initiators and their plans.

A giant world map of the conference  show on Slack

Shout out - who wants to help make a giant world map for the conference? Needs a bit of research and testing e.g. the Oodi library facilities in Helsinki and some printing houses. Goal: visualise the community on a map!

Hub Initiators come together  show on Slack
Paul-Olivier Dehaye  

Is there a moment currently planned for hub initiators to discuss together? What works, what doesn't, how they could work better together, etc. I am encountering some success coalition building in Geneva and would want to share those experiences with others. And seek synergies.

Short video clips during conference  show on Slack
Ansku Tuomainen  

Does anyone have experience and/or interest to make short video clips during the conference? Or do you know anyone who could do this? The idea is to do short interviews with participants and post them on the social media. Similar to the interview with Kaliya Yount at MyData2018

Screen.io  show on Slack

At MyData 2019, we will use an audience engagement system Screen.io in all sessions.

Idka  show on Slack
Göran Wågström  

We had SITRA’s Tina Harkonen on the Idka Good Tech show yesterday. Great discussion, watch it on Idka´s Youtube channel

/e/  show on Slack

Anyone familiar with this “privacy-aware” version of Android?

Upcoming Events
MyData Brussels Meetup #4
For full details, including the address, and to RSVP see: https://www.meetup.com/MyData-Brussels/events/264807505 In anticipation of the yearly MyData conference in Helsinki, the Brussels community hub is delighted...
Trust & Technology Initiative 2019 Symposium
Trust & Technology Initiative 2019 Symposium Churchill College, Cambridge, Storey's WayCB3 0DS Cambridge, Cambridge, England, GB, CB3 0DS
On the way to Helsinki (MyData Austria Meetup #4)
One week before the MyData Global conference in Helsinki (https://mydata2019.org) we will host an event at WU Wien and give an outlook to our planned presentations:
  • Roadmap to Human-Centric Digital Economy (Soheil Human, Elmar Kiesling)
  • Pluralism, Computational Cognitive Modeling and Human-empowerment in the Digital World (Soheil Human)
  • GDPR Request Processing (Christoph Fabianek)
  • Sharing Health Data Through Semantic Containers (Christoph Fabianek)

further details: https://www.meetup.com/MyData-Austria/events/264524132/
Celebration hour - Weekly Open Call
*Every friday afternoon, the @staff-members gathers on Slack to celebrate the past week* This week, we’ll try making this an open call - feel free to join. The agenda will be simple: 1. Opening round 2. DONE - What have we done this week that we want to celebrate? (Can be even small small things that have been a stone in our shoes) 3. LEARN - What have we learned this week? What info do we want to share? 4. THANK YOU - Who would you like to give extra thanks to this week? 5. Closing round The call will take 45-60 mins.

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