Liberating user data from the platform monopolies?

Thank you Rafe for the pointer to your excellent work on data sharing
models. Still reading but the summary alone is enlightening …

*… when consumers can freely bring their data to an open market, this
could increase choice and push more competitive pricing and product
*… These models offer insights into the rules needed to enable greater
data sharing; how to balance data privacy with data portability; data
sharing platform architecture; and data classifications and definitions …*

While your work is based on the financial sector, it seems quite applicable
to areas such as agriculture, health, education, social media, and retail
e-commerce. I dare say user-controlled data sharing and independently
managed data repositories could advance competition and innovation among
our telcos. From the thread on IGF am intrigued by the prospect of user
identity, data ownership and control, and data histories taking center
stage in the agenda.

@Twahir am curious; considering the rate of change in the technology
landscape, why do you think these approaches to the data value chain may
not materialize in our lifetime? 🙂

Kind regards

On Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 3:21 PM Rafe Mazer <> wrote:

> John,
> I think this is an important next step for competition in platform
> economies. This is happening in places like Australia, UK, Mexico, and
> would have been the case if there wasn\’t that 30 day exemption in the data
> portability language of the Data Protection Act.
> I wrote about this last year with some speculation on how these models
> could be applied for financial services in Kenya and a few other markets:
> Happy to discuss further if ever of interest
> Rafe
> On Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 4:10 AM John Kieti via kictanet <
>> wrote:
>> Dear Listers,
>> Just a random thought. What if the law entitled users to a periodic (eg.
>> quarterly) download of all data collected of them by large platform
>> companies (including telcos); and the users could grant file access to the
>> competitors as the user migrates? What if it was API-based data access that
>> the user could grant to third parties including competitors?
>> What if there was an automated data depository eg. for telcos; whereby I
>> can invoke the right to access all the data the telco holds of me, and I
>> proceed to grant the data depository access to my data, automatically
>> retrieved from my telco A. That way my data *anonymized or otherwise
>> permitted* can be accessible from the depository and aggregated with
>> other peoples\’ to develop services on top of the data layer by third
>> parties such as startups, data mining & research services, and even telco B
>> which competes as an underdog with telco A.
>> The assumption would be that the user owns the data held by the
>> platform/telco which has already got its head start with appropriating my
>> data by collecting it in realtime. It would also be assumed that access to
>> my data in the depository is only by licensed entities under stringent
>> rules that respect my access permission settings.
>> What could go wrong with such an approach to user data? What could go
>> well?
>> Any thoughts?
>> —
>> John Kieti
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>> The ordinary just won\’t do
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