The Personal Data API

re:publica 2015
Politics & Society

Short thesis: 

The internet services and devices we are using every day produce massive amounts of data. Data, which we do not know is located and what information it contains. It is technically possible to collect all of this information and turn it in to a relevant asset. What if, instead of a tedious and tortuous process, which it currently is, web users could gain real-time access to their personal data in a machine readable format as a standard feature form every web service?


A Personal Data API brings massive potential for data control. Opening up the floodgates to your personal (meta)data to be completely available to you, to review and optimize it, or to have a data agent or a data lawyer, or whatever term will be correct, would give new possibilities for individuals. All these data streams would end up with you. It means that a whole range of possibilities are available to you in terms of what you want to do with your data asset. But for that to happen, you have to have access. And it has to practical access, meaning machine readable and in real-time.

If we continue with the notion that data is a magical and abstract thing which is hard to understand, we are going to end up in a huge mess. This transparency means you start to learn, with every interaction in the world, and you have instant data feedback, you’ll have a whole different range of options and much more profound choices that you can take.


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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:00 to 10:30