Data Commons Lab - Who owns our data? - | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián

Who owns our data?

Privacy and sovereignty in the age of the commodification of personal information

Who does our data belong to?
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Who owns our data? This is a simple question with many answers that we will try to reach through this conversation-talk-workshop where we will have a variety of points of view offered by several activist collectives and people from the field of digital content.

Personal information and data is one of the most valuable resources for large technological companies. Our daily use of the Internet using computers, mobile devices or sports activity monitors among others, generates a continuous trail of digital activity that is collected, stored and intensively processed, to the point of creating a profile or story about each one of us. During an initial stage, the accumulation of users was the goal of the main Internet service providers. Now, thanks to the increased computing capacity, interconnection and concentration of Internet companies, and the possibility of designing commercial and political strategies based on trends among users, they have ushered in a new age in which the individual - and more specifically, the information they generate - is one of the most important raw materials of the Internet.

What are our alternatives as users? Should there be rights over the data we generate? Are there ways to protect our information from being processed by third parties?

The talks will try to answer these and other questions, approaching topics such as the persuasiveness of big Internet service providers, problems such as mass surveillance, the recent news about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica; analysing alternatives and possible tools for the digital self-defence and sovereignty of Internet users.