Mozilla spotlights CitizenMe as leading the way in building ’empowered data’

Mozilla spotlights CitizenMe as leading the way in building ’empowered data’ 720 405 StJohn Deakins

We are delighted to have been cited as a leader in the data space by Mozilla in their report into alternative futures for ethical data governance: “What Helps? An analysis of builders and supporters of alternative data governance approaches and recommendations for how the Data Futures Lab can help.” The report on the future of data governance is part of their Data For Empowerment series.

Their research team have evaluated how emerging ‘ethical technology players’ are creating alternatives to the concentrated, centralised data silos of big tech players such as Google and Facebook. These silos create a harmful data asymmetry, stifling innovation, competition and the interests of everyday users of the internet.

Mozilla have mapped out a detailed list of the leading companies in the area. CitizenMe is included as a leading ‘builder’ of a decentralised consumer data advocacy platform, providing consumers with greater control of their data.

By taking a bird’s eye view of the actors creating the field, we hope that builders will be able to leverage connections between themselves and their peers — an effort that the Data Futures Lab will continue by resourcing new projects and fostering networks.

The report highlights Data Consumer Rights builders as: “Giving individuals the ability to leverage their own browsing and consumption data and participate in the data economy through collective bargaining; crowdsourcing insights on consumer or social behavior”.

The research team also highlight 114 global ‘Supporting Entities’ helping to support the rapidly emerging ecosystem. These include international bodies, associations, government institutions, university centres of excellence, and consumer rights organisations.

It’s an honour to be listed among such an important group of organisations, and we look forward to working together as our emerging ecosystem grows from strength to strength.

StJohn Deakins

StJohn founded CitizenMe with the aim to take on the biggest challenge in the Information Age: helping digital citizens gain control of their digital identity. Personal data has meaning and value to everyone, but there is an absence of digital tools to help people realise its value. With CitizenMe, StJohn aims to fix that. With a depth of experience digitising and mobilising businesses, StJohn aims for positive change in the personal information economy. Oh… and he loves liquorice.

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