10 things you need to about MyData Global and how we change the world

MyData Online 2020 Conference on 10 – 12 December is organised by MyData Global, an award-winning international nonprofit. Read what 10 things you and your network need to know about us and our impact.

1. MyData approaches and the movement have been recognised by governments, institutions and businesses worldwide.
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2. MyData Global works to empower individuals and organisations through personal data.
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3. We realise the MyData vision through “the three shifts”.
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4. We’re mapping the landscape through the MyData Case Library and webinars.
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5. The human-centric infrastructure for personal data is made possible with the MyData Operators work.
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6. MyData Global has 400+ individual and 90+ organisational members with 27 local hubs on 6 continents.
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7. MyData Global facilitates groups formed around different personal data related themes.
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8. MyData Online Conference 2020 will be the fifth global conference.
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9. MyData conferences have bloomed over the years.
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10. MyData Online 2020 will be a dynamic event providing hours of quality content, interaction, learning and networking in different formats.
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1. MyData approaches and the movement have been recognised by governments, institutions and businesses worldwide.

As a result of our engagement since 2015, MyData was featured in the EU Data strategy (PDF) released in February 2020, as one of the rising initiatives that “promise significant benefits to individuals”.

MyData was also included in the Government Programme of Finland and in the programme of Finland’s EU Presidency period.

We were awarded the NGI Culture Award by the European Commission Next Generation Internet Initiative, where MyData was recognized as one of the most impactful European initiatives.

We’ve been featured in policy papers such as the Road to a Fair Data Economy  by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and Lisbon Council, and A new governance for personal data in the 21st century by PrivacyTech and over 50 organisations from 14 countries.

Teemu Ropponen, our general manager, receiving the NGI Culture Award

2. MyData Global works to empower individuals and organisations through personal data.

We are an association of individuals and organisations sharing a common goal: a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society for all, where the sharing of personal data is based on trust as well as balanced and fair relationships between individuals and organisations. 

Since 2015, MyData has formed a diverse community around human-centric approaches for personal data. It is also part of a larger movement with people and organisations working in a similar direction.

People are engaging with our global network non-stop. We share experiences, exchange ideas, and develop projects. Our efforts are paving the way towards a thriving personal data ecosystem and fair data economy fit for humankind.

All of our actions emerge from the core idea of MyData: individuals should be in control of data about themselves.

3. We realise the MyData vision through “the three shifts”.

In 2017, the MyData community members co-created the MyData declaration, underlining a need for human-centricity and agency in the data economy.

To reach our goal, we need to take a shift …

  • From Formal to Actionable Rights
    We should be able effortlessly, seamlessly and instantaneously exercise our digital rights when using digital services. Called also one-click rights.
  • From Data Protection to Data Empowerment
    We should not be treated as merely “subjects who need to be protected”, but rather autonomous human beings with the will, agency, opportunities, skills and tools to make use of our personal data – as we like. 
  • From Closed to Open Ecosystems
    There should be a playing field and fair competition between all sizes of companies, which can replace current virtual monopolies and produce a possibility to really choose between different alternatives. So managing and making use of our data is as simple as possible.

Every day, we help people and their societies develop meaningful knowledge, make better-informed decisions, and have more conscious and efficient interactions among each other and with organisations. We develop the skills, knowledge and connections of individuals, organisations and the digital services industries at large.

Read the full declaration and sign to support! Even more, use the Declaration signee badge to demonstrate your support of the vision.

The six MyData principles

More details ay of how we plan to reach the goal is described in our strategy and in this blog post.

4. We’re mapping the landscape through the MyData Case Library and webinars.

MyData is not one concrete solution – it can manifest itself through several approaches, services and infrastructures. 

You can do research on all of the possibilities from the MyData Case Library. New cases are being added continually. 

Our webinar series gives space for some of the multiple projects, initiatives, startups, researchers to introduce how they are putting the MyData principles, step-by-step, into practice.

5. The human-centric infrastructure for personal data is made possible with the MyData Operators work.

“Understanding MyData Operator” -white paper is a foundation for a roadmap towards a human-centric personal data infrastructure. In a collaborative effort of 34 experts and supported by 48 personal data operators from 15 countries, a joint starting point for interoperability was established.

Following up on the MyData vision published in 2015, MyData operators enable sharing of personal data across services where the use of data is transparent and controlled by individuals. As providers of infrastructure for personal data management, they are the key party in creating sustainable ecosystems for fair and ethical use of personal data. 

6. MyData Global has 400+ individual and 90+ organisational members with 27 local hubs on 6 continents.

Local Hubs (17 July 2020)

Our impact is carried on by the proud shoulders of our members and founders all around the world. Together with these organisations and individuals, we are actually making the MyData vision happen. 

In the locus of our activity are the Local hubs. While MyData Global operates globally, it is grounded on local, regional, and national levels through the local hubs. Hubs represent the movement in different regions and provide structure to promote the MyData vision. MyData Global and local hubs are highly aligned in their ambition and goals while loosely coupled in their strategic activities, supporting each other wherever possible.

7. MyData Global facilitates groups formed around different personal data related themes.

Where the local hubs are geographically bound, the thematic groups unite people working on similar topics without borders.

Thematic Groups  are the engine for advancing and disseminating MyData thought leadership in their specific domains. Currently, the groups have formed around the following themes. 

Get to know and join their activity in our lively Slack!

8. MyData Online Conference 2020 will be the fifth global conference.

We’re known for connecting communities across the spectrum of expertise through the vibrant multi-stakeholder meetings. The success of our past global conferences have established them as warm, welcoming, and useful gatherings. We won’t compromise on the atmosphere even in the virtual surroundings.

While 2020 already sounds like a challenge for the whole world, the temptation to tighten control on citizens by using their personal data in a disproportionate way is increasing. This situation makes our message more legitimate than ever. 

That’s why, in this unprecedented and difficult year, MyData Online Conference 2020 will look beyond the immediate consequences of the pandemic and its health, economic, social and digital implications to put technology and data into rescue.

9. MyData conferences have bloomed over the years.

The unique aspect of the MyData conferences has been to provide opportunities for interactive meetings, which are crucial for fruitful collaboration.

The leading personal data professionals sharing the same values get the feeling of belonging and experience time spent there as a meaningful activity. We believe that is one of the reasons why our conferences keep growing every year, and receive exceedingly positive feedback.

Last year, the MyData 2019 Conference was the leading international conference on human-centered personal data management and an associated event of Finland’s EU Presidency. The overarching theme of the MyData 2019 conference was “Rebuilding trust – for human-centered data economy”.

See here the MyData 2019 impact report.

10. MyData Online 2020 will be a dynamic event providing hours of quality content, interaction, learning and networking in different formats.

With years of experience and bright people around, we promise to deliver an event that is completely unique. MyData Online 2020 will be a virtual event which provides opportunities that have never before been seen in the history of MyData movement.

The conference will provide participants with a full professional and social experience, guaranteeing high-quality programme accessible through a user-friendly and interactive virtual platform. 

MyData Online 2020 will bring together stakeholders representing Business, Legal, Tech and Social perspectives. We believe the full stack of professionals and data enthusiasts need to work together for our shared vision of a fair, sustainable, and prosperous digital society for all.

This is the place for developing and enforcing new and ethical business models. 

This is the venue for technologists to enable practical implementations.

This is the opportunity for policymakers to work on cultural and societal effects for people and communities. 

This is the time to make it happen and make it right. Together.

Ps. Mark your calendars for the conference Call for Proposals starting in 30 July!

Picture by Lesley Martin, 19 March 2019, MyData 2019 Conference Launch.