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Thursday, June 13 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Data Trusts: Getting beyond the hype

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Participants will gain an understanding of what data trusts are and the problems they can potentially solve. Participants should also expect a discussion on the benefits of viewing data trusts as a form of private law regulation and fiduciary governance that is capable of adapting to the speed of technological innovation. The possible role for government and public institutions in creating an enabling environment for data trusts, in particular, regarding the need to endow citizens with digital rights and responsibilities that support their operation will also be evaluated. The session will explore the conditions under which data trusts can provide individuals with a greater measure of control over their personal data; create transparency regarding data transactions; increase access to data and foster innovation; address asymmetries of knowledge and power that exist between corporations, the government and individuals; and enhance the protection of individual privacy and other human rights. The Session will draw on concrete examples of data trust creation, including Sidewalk Labs’ proposal to use a civic data trust as part of their smart city development in the City of Toronto, to provide participants with an analysis of data trust’s potential benefits and shortcomings.

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Philip Dawson

Lead, Public Policy, Element AI
Philip Dawson is Public Policy Lead at Element AI, where he works with governments and partner organizations to develop policies for artificial intelligence that empower the public and foster responsible economic growth. Reach out to discuss collaboration around privacy, data protection... Read More →

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Sean McDonald

Co-Founder, Digital Public
Sean McDonald is a co-founder of Digital Public, a public interest data governance firm. Digital Public pioneered Civic Data Trusts – legal frameworks that enable groups to build fiduciary, purpose-driven management of the rights to data, code, and other digital assets. He's also... Read More →
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Sylvie Delacroix

Professor in Law and Ethics, U. of Birmingham and Alan Turing Institute
Challenging the ‘one size fits all’, feudal approach to data gov.: bottom up data trusts can not only empower us to choose among different approaches to data gov., switch trust when needed. can also facilitate access to pre-authorised, disparate datasets: https://papers.ssrn... Read More →
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Mark Surman

Executive Director, Mozilla Foundation
The web is one of our most valuable public resources — it’s Mark Surman’s job to protect it. Mark serves as Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, a global community that does everything from making Firefox to taking stands on issues like online privacy. Mark’s biggest... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Biscay (Palais)