Welcome to the MyData Weekly Digest, a news site dedicated to producing the best coverage from within the human centred approach in personal data management. It provides information retrieved mainly from the MyData Global Slack Channel since June 2019. Postings and comments are owned by the respective user stated with each entry. MyData is an idea and an alternative vision for ethical use of personal data. It’s also a movement and a community, and a global non-profit organisation. Read more here: mydata.org

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Noteworthy Information
IBM and Microsoft support the Vatican’s guidelines for ethical AI  show on Slack
Viivi  

IBM and Microsoft are among the first to sign the Vatican’s “Rome Call for AI Ethics.”

Ada Lovelace’s Call for Papers  show on Slack
Valentina  

Call for papers for the Data for Policy Conference (London, 15-16 September 2020) on data governance models, data sharing agreements, imbalances of power, ethical values and struggles for justice. Deadline 20 April 2020. And there is also a call for pre-conf workshops and tutorials here.

The World in 2030: Nine Megatrends to Watch  show on Slack
Viivi  

Especially relevant for MyData are: Urbanization: Two-thirds of us will live in cities; Transparency: Our world will become even more open — and less private; Technology Shifts: The internet of things will have won the day, and every new device will be connected.

Ring logs every doorbell press and app action  show on Slack
MarkL  

A BBC data request reveals what data is being stored by the Amazon-owned business about its users.

No, Facebook is not telling you everything  show on Slack
n.zingales  

Facebook “Download Your Information” feature only gives you part of the picture. Information about advertisers uploading lists with your personal information is limited in time and prevents users from exercising their rights.

Defining ‘My Data’ Portability and Interoperability  show on Slack
Iain  

Iain has written up some thoughts on how to make practical progress on data portability and data inter-operability; he’s happy to discuss further in Amsterdam. The short version is that this work will require getting right down into the data weeds.

Princeton-Leuven Longitudinal Corpus of Privacy Policies  show on Slack
John W.  

We are releasing a reference dataset of over 1 million privacy policy snapshots from more than 100,000 websites, spanning over two decades.


Questions Asked
Shaping Europe’s digital future  show on Slack
Karolina Mackiewicz  

The EC would like to hear your views on its European strategy for data. The results of this survey will feed into possible Commission initiatives on access to and re-use of data in the coming months. The aim of the European strategy for data is to create a single European data space – a genuine single market for data, open to data from across the world. Anyone considering contributing to the consultation?

MyData in the Time of Coronavirus  show on Slack
Iain  

Is there a story to be told about how MyData type capabilities would help in the situation we find ourselves with Coronavirus? I'm not suggesting an immediate source of help; my question is more generic about downstream similar outbreaks and alternate medical emergencies. It seems to me that the current model can only be top down, and thus finding current and future victims is like finding a needle in a haystack. With strong identity and data management capabilities on the side of the individual then individuals could self-assert positive or negative claims, verified where possible and there would therefore be a solid bottom up source of data to help the top down flow. And then of course there could be new methods of analysis and prediction driven by MyData data flows over time. Thoughts from the group?


Tools
DoNotPay  show on Slack
joly  

For $3, a ‘robot lawyer’ will sue data brokers that don’t delete your personal and location info

Dudle  show on Slack
Henrik Biering  

I noticed that MyData Global uses Doodle for planning of meetings. Now that Doodle is both a paid service AND leaking information to Google and others, I came across DUDLE, an open source application developed by the PrimeLife EU project, that is available as a freely accessible service from Technische Universität Dresden. It can also be used for general polls where it features homomorphic encryption of the votes, so that participants cannot see each others indididual votes.


MyData Internals

Board & Steering Group

Community

  • Karloina posted a concise list for those who will not be able to attend the upcoming Amsterdam Community Meeting due to the novel coronavirus.
  • Kata experienced some confussion from people wondering about the MyData conference in Berlin and expecting also a conference in Helsinki (when there is in Europe this year only the conference in Berlin!)
  • Teemu made the latest slide deck about the Hubs & Regional Conferences available.
  • Teemu let us know that 11 new Finnish or Finland-related organizationss have joined MyData in the last few weeks.

Upcoming Events
The following events are in the MyData calendar for next week:

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