Who Owns Your Data? A Critical Debate with Experts from Governance, Research, Law & Business

This week I had the pleasure of hosting another highly urgent, relevant and insightful debate on the digital transformation of modern society. In collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Den Haag, we met with practitioners for academia, governance, the legal sector and business and discussed how the concept of data ownerships constantly changes and raises critical ethical questions.

Some of the key points that we distilled were:

  • Data sharing needs a new open-source and open-science inspired approach
  • Data sharing models need to beware of social, political and cultural filters that may delimit diversity of stakeholders
  • Data collection and analysis need to have quality and validation checkpoints throughout the process
  • AI already shapes many people’s lives even thought why are not aware of it
  • AI raises critical questions about reproducibility of results and liability for outcome
  • Blockchain is a tech still in its infancy but use cases go way beyond cryptocurrency
  • Blockchain and similar decentralisation technology create transparency but are not a secure or private per se
  • Blockchain is a technology that only makes sense when combined with other systems and does not solve problems when isolated
  • Overall, human oversight and intervention is paramount for ensuring technology is used in the most beneficial way – this ask for diverse strategic coalitions that unite differentiations stakeholders