Abolish Big Data

A talk that argues that most of the big data is being used to screw us and mentions data trusts as a possible solution. Data trusts are an immature concept but worth considering because it’s one approach to decentralizing governance. Until we figure out data governance principles that are transparent and contextual to specific communities we should limit data aggregation by default and focus on personal agents and other fiduciaries.

Adrian Gropper – in a recent group email.

It is interesting because on the same day I received these words from a friend and occasional colleague Daniel Szuc after he received my newsletter declaring Data is Energy.

Energy is energy.
Climate is a result of energy misused.
Environment is the outcome.
What are the impacts on our environment today, inside people and in the outside environment people live in?
What contributes to the health or toxicity of the environment?
Data, understood deeply, should be used to contribute to the healthy environment … yet … how is it being used today?

Daniel Szuc and Josephine Wong

The answer, of course, is exactly what Adrian expressed above.

It is being used to screw us.

I am working through Daniel’s words and what they mean in more detail – and will come back to them at a later stage.

I think that is the opportunity and in five years time we’ll know whether we got the mega-corporations holding my identity or whether we managed to take it back.

Ian Grigg – October 2015.

The five years are just about up and I think if the ‘megacorps’ have not won – they are about to. Is it too late?

Three years ago he wrote: Identity is an edge protocol, and not a nodal protocol. (pdf)

Imagine, turning around to a lawyer, an accountant, a doctor and telling them that they weren’t going to be paid.

Dear Lawyer

I listened to your advice – but I am not going to use it – so I don’t owe you.

Wrote no one ever.

So why does that happen to designers, creators, writers et al?

Moby and The Void Pacific Choir – ‘Are You Lost In The World Like Me’? With animation by Steve Cutts.

ReleasedOctober 18, 2016

Its a couple of years since this was released – but still relevant today – and definitely relevant to People First, so capturing it in the archives.


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All that is needed … just three minutes of your time. A little more ‘political’ than the usual People First posts … George Carlin – Life Is Worth Losing.

Released January 10, 2006
Recorded November 5, 2005, Beacon Theater, New York City, New York

Thirteen Years Ago … needless to say – nothing has changed, other than more people are aware … hoping that this will make even more people aware … and then we do something about it.