Data Bill of Rights

This week we've been asked down to DC to work with some of the Congresspersons on the "Internet Bill of Rights" that Nancy Pelosi was demanding just before the Blue Wave in Nov. It's a play on JFK's "Consumer Bill of Rights", and I just wanted to give you an update.

My Objective is to change their focus to a "Data Bill of Rights" in order to focus on something more tangible and specific than the illusive space that "the internet" is. If you've known me for a while, you know that I've written a lot about how the internet is not a technology, but a space, even in arguments with TCP/IP co-inventor & Google Internet Evangelist Vinton Cerf.

We'll also be briefing multiple groups of CIOs, Insurers, and Organized Labor Executives while in DC to explain the significance of a Data Bill of Rights, that not only leverages adjacent American regulations similar to Europe's GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), but a human right to agency over digital copies of our personhood (personal data) that may be used in enterprising cases as a non-rival good to generate productivity for institutions of sorts.

If successful, this policy will be a backbone for the income and standard-of-living arguments in the 21st Century. They would (in my opinion) kick-off the 21st Century in America. I think that the GDPR has launch the 21st Century officially in Europe because the underpinning asset of this time is finally a part of their political lexicon. That's data.

If you'd like to understand my thinking here, you should read my last book or consider these basic principals about how what data is and how it will function for you economically. Data unlike most goods that you can create and hand over to others can be used by both you and others at the same time. That doesn't mean that you should relinquish total control or right to be indemnified after the data you provide is influential. This should supersede all traditional legal scenarios known to man. By participating via your data you become a partner of every institution you interact with.

The data rights that we've written into law in Europe and parts of Asia are three (3) primarily:

1 - The Right to Erasure

2 - The Right to Portability

3 - The Right to Restrictive Processing

In America we hope to achieve the following more expansive rights in a Bill of Rights:

1 - The Right to Data Erasure: or to be forgotten.

2 - The Right to Data Portability: or to move either originals or copies.

3 - The Right to Data Restrictive Processing: or decide how analytics are leveraged.

4 - The Right to Data Education: or acquiring knowledge and skills needed to make decisions.

5 - The Right to Data Redress: or receive a fair settlement of just claims against processors.

6 - The Right to Data Ownership: or possession of property, regardless of the processors.

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