The global digital rights nonprofit MyData Global was one of nine organisations awarded by the European Commission with the the Next-Generation Internet award.
The award recognizes the most impactful European initiatives and individuals creating the human-centric, trustworthy and sustainable internet.
The award is given to MyData Global for its work on “Data as human right” in Barcelona, Spain at the 4YFN (4 Years from Now) conference, one of the largest startup events in Europe and part of the Mobile World Congress.
“In the last few years, we’ve been flooded by scandals regarding data leaks. The GDPR is a great starting point for improvement, but it alone is not enough. We want to see individuals given self-determination of their data and also want to see the development of new businesses and innovations based on personal data,” explains MyData General Manager Teemu Ropponen.
“The time is now ripe for an organisation that seeks to enable a more sustainable and balanced digital society globally. The MyData movement is dedicated to placing the human at the heart of all this data talk. Personal data has enormous potential for making our lives easier and our societies better. And, when used in a way that is respectful of individuals and the standards of fairness, personal data also creates enormous opportunities for new business and innovations,” illustrates MyData Global Chair Sarah Medjek.
MyData is an initiative to help individuals manage and reuse their personal data, currently controlled nearly exclusively by businesses and government agencies.
MyData is both an alternative vision and set of guiding technical principles for developing digital services that give individuals more control over how their personal data is used.
“In China, personal data is used by the state for surveillance of its citizens. Some Silicon Valley tech giants advance surveillance capitalism, in which personal data is used in ways often unknown to the user. We want to advance a European alternative, in which individuals decide how our data is used and benefit from sharing that data. We encourage European leaders and companies to lead the way towards more ethical practices”, Ropponen demands.
The global community developing and promoting MyData was recently formalised as an international nonprofit organisation. Before the official establishment of the association, the community already had activities in more than 20 countries.
In just over 4 months, MyData Global has gotten well over 500 members, including 70 organisations, from over 40 countries on six continents. MyData Global headquarters are in Helsinki, Finland.
MyData Global’s mission is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. The human-centric paradigm aims at a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society, where the sharing of personal data is based on trust as well as a balanced and fair relationship between individuals and organisations.
The mission is outlined in the MyData Declaration. Individuals and organisations interested in the mission are welcomed to join the movement and read more at mydata.org.
MyData Declaration – mydata.org/declaration/
MyData – A Nordic Model for human-centered personal data management and processing
Information about the NGI Awards – awards.ngi.eu
The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission in the autumn of 2016
4YFN (4 Years From Now) – 4yfn.com
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Over 70 organisations and 400 individuals have formed MyData Global, a nonprofit to promote the ethical use of personal data and to strengthen digital human rights. Yesterday, over 130 members participated in the first general meeting of the organisation, which elected its first board of directors from among 24 candidates. The board combines a diverse mix of backgrounds and expertise and includes seven members from seven different countries. The elected board members are:
Mad Ball (USA), PhD, combining technology and advocacy
Paul-Olivier Dehaye (Switzerland), researcher and data protection activist
Riikka Kämppi (Finland), communications specialist
Sarah Medjek (France), project coordinator and researcher
Julian Ranger (UK), serial entrepreneur & engineer
Berit Skjernaa (Denmark), senior security and privacy specialist
John Wunderlich (Canada), privacy expert
The founding of MyData Global is the result of several years of work. It has connected personal data experts and practitioners from all over the globe into a collaborative network, who have been gathering in annual conferences in Helsinki, Finland, since 2016. The fourth MyData 2019 conference, an associated event of the Finnish EU-presidency in the second half of 2019, will be organised in September 25-27, 2019.
“After many years of hard work to build up a strong community around a common vision, it is amazing to see a global movement reach this level of maturity. Formalising legal structures and procedures is just an enabling step to reach our vision much faster”, explains board member Paul Olivier-Dehaye, researcher and a renowned data protection activist. “Stay tuned for a lot more!”
The MyData initiative was recently awarded the NGI Culture Award (European commission’s “Next Generation Internet” -initiative) as one of the most impactful European initiatives shaping a new culture around Next Generation Internet. The purpose of MyData Global is to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. The human-centric paradigm aims at a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society, where the sharing of personal data is based on trust as well as a balanced and fair relationship between individuals and organisations.
“I am honored to be elected for the board of an organisation that I consider very important. Not only do I consider the principles and mindset of MyData to be a fundamental human right, I also see it as a keystone for sustainability in the digital world and beyond by empowering people to cooperate on a more enlightened level”, says board member Berit Skjernaa, senior security and privacy specialist at Alexandra Institute in Aarhus, Denmark, and coordinator of MyData activities in Denmark.
The fair use of personal data is one of the defining issues of tomorrow’s internet. AI and other technological developments rely on data generated by and about individuals, and MyData provides a paradigm for guiding those in a way that is based on trust and benefits people.
“MyData is a necessity in our information society, and we – as the MyData community – have the unique opportunity to move personal data from protection to empowerment, and MyData from a concept to THE new paradigm,” rejoices board member Sarah Medjek, researcher and project coordinator at the think and do that FING in France.
Application for membership is open to all individuals and organisations who support the mission of MyData Global.
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