Berlin Memorandum

Berlin Memorandum

See. Founding Members Invitation

Short history

The first “PIMS roundtable” was held in the end of 2015 in Brussels by invitation of the European Commission. There was definitely a need for follow-up discussions among the participants. As the Commission is not the kind of body that would keep on organising series of meetings, FING, Aalto University and the Digital Catapult decided to organise next meetings (Paris, Helsinki, London) and now the Berlin meeting was hosted by Stiftung Datenschutz and Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V. Even if the process has not been lightning fast, in these five meetings, a common understanding of the future development of connecting like-minded people and joining already existing networks has started to emerge.

The PIMS network meetups has been happening in parallel with the MyData 2016 and upcoming MyData 2017 conferences, which are forums for this community on larger scale. Up until now there has been some confusion about the role of the conferences and PIMS meetups. The participants and contributors of PIMS meetups and MyData conferences overlap after all very much and both are based on the same values and thrive for the same goals.

In the Berlin meetup we made two significant agreements:

Decision nr. 1 (Merging efforts): The efforts in PIMS network meetups and the MyData conferences will be officially united. The aim is to establish a MyData Global Network as a legal entity, that can take over role of the conference organizer for the years to come and continue facilitating other smaller meetings and activities. It’s important that the established organisation is democratically driven, representing and uniting the voices of the community. It should neither be “the guys from Finland or France, or Estonia…”, nor should it be dominated just by the few strongest. The community is all of us.

Decision nr. 2: To foster common understanding and concretise our perspectives on human-centric data management, we the founding members, start by developing a common set of principles for for the human centric personal data (name to be defined). This will be based on the related existing principles statements (started with a workshop in Berlin), resulting in a value statement signed by organisations and individuals striving for human-centric data management in their services and processes.

Who are we?
Thank you for replying to the “Why do we Do this” - questionnaire (if you did not yet, you can still answer). We have now made a first presentation on the results, it really impressively shows the alignment of the shared values and objectives of the group, but there were also few interesting diverging thoughts. Check it out and share to your networks.

  • Your recurring wishes for personal data management was to increase individual’s control/ownership and privacy of his/her data, to decentralize data collecting, storing and management, making it more sustainable, transparent and accountable, and most of all empower the user (through understandable formats and raised literacy in the field).
  • By stating the obvious, your answers showed that you are against of non-consented and untrusted collection or use of personal data (for commercial purposes or other malicious uses), but also complicated systems that ignore most people's desire for simplicity.
  • Lastly, you expressed your perspectives for personal data management in the future. Although the focus varied with some extent, the main wishes were practical:
  • continue working with existing ecosystems to reach wider acknowledgment of the importance of sustainable and ethical uses of personal data in political and citizen’s agendas;
  • develop an infrastructure, tools and knowledge that would make personal data easily and commensurately available and through that;
  • enable the development of new creative services that would benefit individuals.