Data Protection as a Commons

Oct 22, 2020

I will be presenting my work on a data protection-focused data commons framework that encourages individuals as data subjects to participate, collaborate, and co-create in the data protection process for the Creative Commons Summit 2020. This session is interactive and will be in conversation with Catherine Stihler, the CEO for the Creative Commons.

Abstract: We live in an increasingly data-driven society. As companies collect more of our personal data, we become less powerful in controlling how our data is used. While solutions exist, they often rely on individuals having a high level of understanding of the resources available. Building on Elinor Ostrom’s work on the commons, we created a framework for a data protection-focused commons that encourages collaboration and co-creation in the data protection process. This session aims to spark discussions about how we can shift the public conversation on personal data to one that is communal, treating data protection as a common good.

Janis Wong
PhD researcher

Janis Wong is an interdisciplinary PhD researcher in Computer Science at the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance and Privacy (CRISP), University of St Andrews. Janis is interested in the legal and technological applications in data protection, privacy, and data ethics. She is also a Research Fellow at the Open Data Institute.