Data Union Fork, catch-up

Mar 19, 2019

Hello world! Hello troubled world of personal data! I've finally summoned courage to join in the phenomenal STARTS Residencies chorus here with a short update on last six months of study and play with a variety of ideas based on DECODE project and technology developed by Many moons have passed in studying DECODE's documentation both written and coded, at times overwhelming. Simultaneously, public consciousness was exploding with revelations of personal data problems with numerous horror stories building even stronger evidence collective action is needed as originally proposed in Data Union Manifesto.

Here more from Francesca Bria on what/why/how of DECODE. Following on from such an interesting and inspiring proposal, I've spent time thinking about how we understand current data collection, manipulation, distribution and analysis, what data commons may mean, what is and should there be data ownership, should we pursue property regime in when thinking about data, can we reject it, to name a few BIG qs on the one hand, privacy & cryptography, privacy by design, distributed computing, decentralisation, on the other, and where are crossovers with the original idea of Data Union.

After a period of study material at hand, I followed up with Waag and teams to organise a series of public facing events where these questions can be further considered and my ideas questioned and tested. The first in line was Example mapping for collective bargaining, on 28th February. I'm still looking at what we made and thinking about all conversations we had in preparation for the next event. More soon, with DECODE OS installed on a few Raspberry Pis and soon on a few Olimmex boards too. In the meantime, here's a few images of visual studies while thinking about collective and participatory, ethical and radical in software design and implementation while preparing for upcoming STARTS Residencies Days in Paris on 27th and 28th march.

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