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Liberating user data from the platform monopolies?

🤔 probably was being a bit melodramatic, but history tells us that rarely
is a gain for the people accepted by the powers that be, unless an *INFORMED
PEOPLE* who know their right go forth and demand.

On Wed, Oct 14, 2020, 11:41 AM John Kieti via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Thank you Rafe for the pointer to your excellent work on data sharing
> models. Still reading but the summary alone is enlightening …
>
> *… when consumers can freely bring their data to an open market, this
> could increase choice and push more competitive pricing and product
> terms…*
> *… These models offer insights into the rules needed to enable greater
> data sharing; how to balance data privacy with data portability; data
> sharing platform architecture; and data classifications and definitions …*
>
> While your work is based on the financial sector, it seems quite
> applicable to areas such as agriculture, health, education, social media,
> and retail e-commerce. I dare say user-controlled data sharing and
> independently managed data repositories could advance competition and
> innovation among our telcos. From the thread on IGF am intrigued by the
> prospect of user identity, data ownership and control, and data histories
> taking center stage in the agenda.
>
> @Twahir am curious; considering the rate of change in the technology
> landscape, why do you think these approaches to the data value chain may
> not materialize in our lifetime? 🙂
>
> Kind regards
>
>
>
>
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 3:21 PM Rafe Mazer <rafe.mazer@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> John,
>>
>> I think this is an important next step for competition in platform
>> economies. This is happening in places like Australia, UK, Mexico, and
>> would have been the case if there wasn’t that 30 day exemption in the data
>> portability language of the Data Protection Act.
>>
>> I wrote about this last year with some speculation on how these models
>> could be applied for financial services in Kenya and a few other markets:
>> fsdkenya.org/publication/emerging-data-sharing-models-to-promote-financial-service-innovation-global-trends-and-their-implications-for-emerging-markets/
>>
>>
>> Happy to discuss further if ever of interest
>>
>> Rafe
>>
>> On Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 4:10 AM John Kieti via kictanet <
>> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>>
>>> Dear Listers,
>>>
>>> Just a random thought. What if the law entitled users to a periodic
>>> (eg. quarterly) download of all data collected of them by large platform
>>> companies (including telcos); and the users could grant file access to the
>>> competitors as the user migrates? What if it was API-based data access that
>>> the user could grant to third parties including competitors?
>>>
>>> What if there was an automated data depository eg. for telcos; whereby I
>>> can invoke the right to access all the data the telco holds of me, and I
>>> proceed to grant the data depository access to my data, automatically
>>> retrieved from my telco A. That way my data *anonymized or otherwise
>>> permitted* can be accessible from the depository and aggregated with
>>> other peoples’ to develop services on top of the data layer by third
>>> parties such as startups, data mining & research services, and even telco B
>>> which competes as an underdog with telco A.
>>>
>>> The assumption would be that the user owns the data held by the
>>> platform/telco which has already got its head start with appropriating my
>>> data by collecting it in realtime. It would also be assumed that access to
>>> my data in the depository is only by licensed entities under stringent
>>> rules that respect my access permission settings.
>>>
>>> What could go wrong with such an approach to user data? What could go
>>> well?
>>>
>>> Any thoughts?
>>>
>>>
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>
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>
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