Towards data commons
Against corporate data and extractivism, open data and personal data control initiatives are a step in the right direction. However, we must go further. A fairer data economy implies to advance towards a strong model of data commons, one that goes beyond open data by attending not only to the potential of open access to data but also to the conditions of its production, to the power over and the protection from it, to its governance as well as to the social responsibility for its impacts. It implies to avoid data-centric visions by looking not only to data but also to the technological, legal, economical, social and other structures that define it. Strong data commons go also beyond regulations and initiatives centered on individual control over personal data by pointing towards the centrality of the collective dimension.
Resuming: there is a need to advance from open data to data commons, from “my data” to “our data”. Data commons means data of, by and for the people.
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