This piece is part of a series of posts from MyData 2016 – an international conference that focuses on human centric personal information management. The conference is co-hosted by the Open Knowledge Finland chapter of the Open Knowledge International Network.
What does personal data have to do with open data? We usually preach NOT to open personal data, and to be responsible about it. So why should an open knowledge organisation devote a whole conference to topics related to personal data management? I will explore these questions in a series of blog posts written straight from the MyData16 conference in Helsinki, Finland.
MyData is a very abstract concept that is still in the process of refinement. In its essence, MyData is about giving control of the personal data trail that we leave on the internet to the users. Under the MyData framework, users decide where to store their data and can control and guide the use this data can have. In most applications today, our data is closed and owned by other big corporations, where it is primarily used to make money. The MyData concept looks to bring back the control to the user, but also tries to develop the commercial use of the data, making everyone happy.
Under the MyData framework, users decide where to store their data and can control and guide the use this data can have.
Here is Mika Honkanen, vice chairman of the OK Finland board, explaining about MyData:
For those of you who missed Open Knowledge Festival in 2012 (like me), Open Knowledge Finland know how to produce events. Besides the conference program (and super exciting evening program!), you can also find the Ultrahack, a 72 hours hackathon that will try and answer my questions above and will be involved in creating applicable uses to the MyData concept. I am excited to see how it will turn out and what uses – social and fiscal ones, people can find.
For the following three days, keep following us on the OKI Twitter account for updates from the conference. Check the MyData website, and let us know if you want us to go to a session for you!