The conferences of MyData Global have established their position as the premier events for the rapidly growing community interested in human-centered personal data management. MyData 2019, organised on 25-27 September in Helsinki, brought together 975 participants from 46 countries. The programme was arranged in 9 thematic tracks with “Rebuilding trust – for human-centered data economy” as the overarching theme.
The core idea of MyData is that individuals should be in control of their own data. The MyData approach aims at strengthening digital human rights while opening new opportunities for businesses to develop innovative personal data based services built on mutual trust. More information on the principles and goals advocated by the movement can be found in the MyData Declaration.
The annual conference was organised for the 4th time, and the number and diversity of the participants has been growing steadily. In 2020, there will be 4 conferences on 4 different continents instead of a single global event. Continuous activity is also taking place around the world in MyData Local Hubs and Thematic Groups.
HIIT played a major role in the inception of the MyData movement and is proud of its continuing success. Interesting opportunities for further collaboration may exist especially within the framework of FCAI and HiDATA, both of which recognise privacy and trust as vitally important elements of data intensive research and technology development.