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Data Coops: Breaking Down the Walled Garden

18. June 2021 @ 14:00 - 16:00

“Collecting and analysing data is not fundamentally evil. The problem is, we don’t control it. Monopolies like Facebook, Google or Amazon do. They have built empires based on our data. This not only harms us, it harms all citizens, our economy, and the European states.” polypoly SCE.

This free workshop, organized jointly by Platform Cooperatives Germany and polypoly, is for everyone interested in exploring the dynamics of the data economy and especially for people who seek more privacy and control over their data. Together with our participants, we will engage in a deep dive into data governance: How to build data pools that allow members to create open data and determine who gets access to their personal information?
 What are the cornerstones of the concept of data autonomy? What makes data security an essential part of both our personal and professional lives?

Over the course of this workshop, we will particularly explore the potential of data cooperatives, especially within cooperative ecosystems.

For this workshop we will be joined by guest speakers who will present projects & insights and share their perspectives on how to build a data economy for and by the people.

We are happy to welcome:

Thorsten Dittmar, Mind and Founder behind polypoly and Director of polypoly SCE: People’s Right to Privacy on the Internet.

Julia Hartnik, co-initiator of the health-ai alliance and co-CEO of K8 Institut für strategische Ästhetik gGmbH.

Elena Poughia, Founder & CEO, MD at Datanatives, Dataconomy.

Suha Mohammed, Strategy & Partnerships Associate, Aapti Institute.

Workshop schedule:

  • 2.00pm: Welcome by co-moderators Ela Kagel & Christian Buggedei
  • 2.10pm: Brief intro jam in the chat: short bios, links, contacts
  • 2.15pm: Introduction by Thorsten Dittmar, polypoly SCE
  • 2:30pm: Case Study1 -The Health-ai Alliance, by Julia Hartnik
  • 2:45pm: Case Study 2 – Data Natives, by Elena Poughia
  • 3.00pm: Case Study 3 – Aapti Institute, by Suha Mohammed
  • 3.15pm: Thematic breakout groups
  • 3:45pm: Harvesting and closing round

Workshop language: English

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We kindly ask you to sign up for this workshop HERE!


We look forward to having you with us!

Yours, polypoly SCE and Platform Cooperatives Germany eG.

Data Coops: Breaking Down the Walled Garden


18. June 2021
14:00 - 16:00
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