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MyData Podcast

MyData Podcast

MyData is a vision, a series of principles, a movement, and a conference. Our objective is to develop awareness of how we, as individuals, can have more control over the data that describes us, and of the data trails we leave behind us in our everyday life. You can find the movement’s website at, and this year’s conference website at . In every episode of the MyData Podcast we talk to a guest about their experience with personal data and privacy.
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S18E10 - Benjamin Goering

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S18E14 - Petteri Kivimäki
Petteri Kivimäki is the CTO of the Nordic Institute for Interoperability Solutions (NIIS). The NIIS is an association founded jointly by Finland and Estonia which mission is to develop e-governance solutions, kicking off with the X-Road technology. Before joining the NIIS, Petteri worked as a technology architect in a leading global professional services company. During years 2014–2017 Petteri worked at the Population Register Centre of Finland as an information systems manager. He was the technical lead of X-Road implementation project in Finland and was coordinating the joint open source development of the X-Road solution between Finland and Estonia.
August 27, 2018
S18E13 - Konstantinos Karachalios
Dr. Ing. Konstantinos Karachalios is managing director of the IEEE Standards Association and a member of the IEEE Management Council. As managing director, he has been enhancing IEEE efforts in global standards development in strategic emerging technology fields, through technical excellence of staff, expansion of global presence and activities and emphasis on inclusiveness and good governance.
August 26, 2018
S18E12 - Noora Lähde
Noora Lähde is responsible for the coordination of Traffic Lab Finland, which is a forum for mobility and transport services, trials and smart mobility development in Finland. Traffic Lab is coordinated by Trafi. The core idea of Traffic Lab Finland is to enable and encourage for new innovations, trials By and active PPP cooperation. Possibiities of MyData are going to be trialled together with Tilaajavastuu. During the pilot the following questions, for example, will be raised: what benefits MyData may bring to an authority, company or a citizen? What MyData means when the customer may have access to the information for different kind of data? We will present a MyData trial between Finnish Transport Safety Agency and Tilaajavastuu, where these questions are being raised. Trafi and Tilaajavastuu will trial together a case where the driving license information and professional qualifications will be integrated to a Taito register by Tilaajavastuu, which allows the employee to a smooth access to the a workplace such as construction area, where the identification is needed in order to enter the area.
August 21, 2018
S18E11 - Xavier Lefevre
Xavier Lefevre lives in France and holds a Master's degree from European business school HEC. He is the CEO and founder of fair&smart. Since 2016, this French startup put together talented persons from many horizons in order to design and develop solutions which encourage a fair and smart use of personal data in all sectors. fair&smart empowers people with their data and helps them enforce their digital rights. At the same time, it provides privacy-friendly customer data management solutions for businesses. Prior to fair&smart Xavier was entrepreneur in retail and in publishing, and worked many years in IT consultancy firms.
August 14, 2018
S18E10 - Benjamin Goering
Benjamin started his career at age 19, dropping out of university and moving to San Francisco. He served for 6 years as a Founding Engineer and Product Manager at Livefyre, a real-time commenting and social media aggregation platform. As an Invited Expert in the W3C Social Web Working Group, he helped refine the ActivityStreams social data vocabulary and ActivityPub federated social networking protocol. In 2016, he created the first implementation of ActivityPub. After Adobe acquired Livefyre in 2016, Benjamin started, where he works with nonprofits and startups to build new features, scale cloud architectures, and adopt continuous integration and deployment best practices. In 2018, he founded Permanent.Company to build a cloud platform and community that everyday people can use to replace proprietary SaaS apps with sustainable open source alternatives. Benjamin volunteers with a community-owned-and-operated wireless network in the SF Bay Area, and is passionate about making technology accessible to everyone and designing systems that anyone can contribute to.
August 07, 2018
S18E09 - Ignasi Alcalde
Ignasi is a training manager at and a data visualisation teacher at the Open University of Catalonia. He has a Master’s Degree in the Knowledge and Information Society (directed by Manuel Castells) and developed an extensive career devoted to bringing clarity to the complex technologies that we live by. He's also the manager for the MyData Barcelona Hub.
July 31, 2018
S18E08 - Elizabeth Renieris
Elizabeth is an entrepreneurial attorney, thought-leader and strategic consultant who is passionate about emerging technologies and their impact on privacy, identity, society, and collective consciousness. She is particularly interested in blockchain, distributed ledger technologies (DLT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, and frequently advises clients on these subjects. Elizabeth is a principal at Ouroboros, LLP, a boutique blockchain law and consulting firm based in Washington, DC and acts as Global Policy Counsel to Evernym, Inc., a Utah-based corporation focused on building technology that enables self-sovereign identity. During her career, Elizabeth has counseled global technology companies and startups alike on all aspects of data protection and privacy laws, technology transactions, and global regulatory compliance strategies as an attorney with major multinational law firms such as Perkins Coie and White & Case, as well as in various in-house and public-sector roles. In addition to her legal and consulting work, Elizabeth is actively involved in a number of blockchain-related academic initiatives, including through projects with the MIT Media Lab, the Stanford CodeX Project, and various Legal Hackers chapters. As a polyglot who has lived and worked in five countries on three continents, Elizabeth has a global perspective on law and policy.
July 24, 2018
S18E07 - Mikko Hypponen
Mikko Hypponen is a global security expert. He has worked at F-Secure since 1991. He has written on his research for the New York Times, Wired and Scientific American and he appears frequently on international TV. He has lectured at the universities of Stanford, Oxford and Cambridge. He was selected among the 50 most important people on the web by the PC World magazine and was included in the FP Global 100 Thinkers list. Mikko is a member of the board of the Nordic Business Forum. He sits in the advisory boards of t2, Social Safeguard and Hoxhunt, and in the advisory panel for the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
July 17, 2018
S18E06 - Olivier Dion
Olivier is a French entrepreneur. He created Onecub in 2011 in order to give personal data back to people. He studied telecommunications before working in big information systems implementation, where he witnessed personal data usage with no user consent on a large scale. After a few months in an open data association Olivier decided to start his own startup with the vision of empowering people with their data. He started to join different expert circles in the US and in France and then talked about this vision to French big industry and user groups. Then GDPR was voted in 2016 including a new right for data portability and the situation changed for users, as companies now had to rethink their approach. Onecub raised funds and are now working in the booming French and European PIMS (Personal Information Management System) sector. Onecub offers a PIMS and is also working on Data Portability commons and standards based on blockchain technology. The vision now is to decentralise personal data management.
July 10, 2018
S01E05 - Adrian Gropper
Adrian is trained as an engineer and a physician and his career has been as a medical device entrepreneur. All of his startup products were aimed at the physician-patient relationship. Adrian currently works as an advocate and volunteer CTO of the patient Privacy Rights non-profit continues this passion. Adrian sees technology and policy in terms of human agency and human dignity. This means that he sees physicians and other licensed clinicians as fiduciaries to their patients and not as employees of some institution. “We need our lawyers and doctors to be un-conflicted and working only for us”, Adrian says. Adrian sees technology in terms of agency as well: “It needs to be working only for us and be easily substitutable if we find a better match”. True agency implies self-sovereign technology and the substitutability demands that the tech be standards-based. For Adrian, the MyData community seems like a perfect place to incubate the principles of agency and the standards.
July 03, 2018
S01E04 - Esko Reinikainen
Esko Reinikainen is the Co Founder of The Satori Lab, a Cardiff based startup that helps organisations navigate change. Their primary mission is to learn how to deliver brilliant public services in the connected age and to share what they learn. The change he is most concerned with is the complex transitions required when society undergoes a transformational paradigm shift, in this case from the Information Age to the Connected Age. They are also the hosts of ODI Cardiff, the Open Data Institute’s network node in Wales. He has been called by turns ‘a heretic’ and ‘a visionary leader with a social conscience’. Over his career he has spent time in the military, as a theatre director, in cultural administration, as a local government officer, and more recently dabbling in various innovation roles and hacking disciplines. Drawing on a range of intellectual resources from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) to Aalto University (Finland) and collaborative practice in international networks, he is developing tools, methods and processes that help organisations undergo radical change. If you need to understand how the confluence of complex adaptive systems, agile development, user centred design, data maturity, culture transformation, and radical innovation matter to the survival of your organisation, you may just want to invite him for lunch...
June 26, 2018
S18E03 - Oguzhan (Ouz) Gencoglu
Oguzhan (Ouz) Gencoglu is the Co-Founder and Head of Data Science of Helsinki-based AI start-up, Top Data Science. Before that, he has conducted machine learning and AI research in several countries including Turkey, USA, Czech Republic, Denmark and Finland. He has been giving AI-related talks in numerous conferences, seminars and events frequently. He has also been involved in the MyData movement (e.g., speaker in MyData2016), contributing from a data science perspective.
June 17, 2018
S18E02 - Jaana Sinipuro
Jaana Sinipuro is an experienced ICT professional, who leads Sitra’s two focus areas: IHAN® – Human-driven data economy and Isaacus – the Digital Health HUB. The aim of the Isaacus focus area is to put Finland’s poorly managed and forgotten data reserves to better use in the name of improving research and product development.
June 16, 2018
S18E01 - Gianfranco Cecconi
Gianfranco is an independent data scientist and consultant in London, UK. Curiosity has been the main driver of how he developed his career since leaving the Politecnico of Milan in Italy, pushing him to spot technology trends, study them and put them to the test. He was a web developer before Yahoo! and Google were founded; a sysops for large Internet Service Providers before broadband was even available in UK homes; a digital transformation management consultant with Deloitte 10 years before the first iPhone was launched, and he run the biggest official Olympics website in history for London 2012 by the time smartphones had become the main digital platform of choice in everybody's pockets. When he's not at work, he volunteers for both DataKind and MyData.
June 15, 2018