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The rise of the technology industry, driven in large part by personal data, is collectively worth trillions of dollars. And while some view this as good ol’ fashion capitalism, others have a growing concern that users are getting the “short end of the stick”. Over the past two decades online, we’ve experienced constant surveillance, targeting, and manipulation leading to a variety of societal issues. As a result, a movement comprised of scholars, professionals, and activists are exploring alternative ways to remedy the imbalance in power via a data dividend — a mechanism whereby companies share profits derived from the use of personal data directly with users. On paper, the data dividend looks like an opportune moment to restructure the digital economy on more equitable terms. However, in practice, it may prove to be insufficient and merely a redesign of the current data ecosystem.


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Originally published in CoinDesk

We’ve got a new law passing the European Parliament called the Data Governance Act that empowers the rise of Data Unions. As Founding President of the first Data Union, it is exciting to see 10 years of activism start to normalize. I see Data Unions forming in three ways.

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Activism Works! So Does Data!

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Working to normalize the language Data Unions since 2015

We just received a leaked version of the draft for the EU Data Governance Act (see attached) and it specifically mentions Data Unions!

The Data Governance Act (October leak) from the European Union has two sections that specifically mention and vaguely define “Data Unions”. In the coming decade, I think that we will see many of these types of organizations pop up across the globe to redefine what data is and argue the amount of both agency & compensation that individuals (data subjects) are owed.

(26) An emerging variant are data cooperatives or data unions that seek to achieve a number of objectives, in particular strengthen the position of individuals to make informed choices before consenting to data use, influencing the terms and conditions of data user organisations attached to data use in a manner that gives better choices to the individual members of the group or potentially solving conflicts in positions of individual members of a group on how data can be used when such data pertain to several data subjects with the group.


What does it mean when Progressives are building gun clubs? How is the “Gospel of Inclusionism” fighting religious conservatism in these jarring political times? Here is a conversation between myself and Peter Willumsen about posts shooting riffles while on the Biden-Harris 2020 campaign trail in Alabama and South Carolina for Democratic US Senators in those states.

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On the Inclusionism podcast this week we’ve added a conversation about the structure of both Data Union and Data Dividends from the people making them a reality. I think this is the future of collective bargaining and economic inclusion. Actually, this is the present.

[Tech] Shiv Malik: Head of Growth at Streamr Network

[Policy] Matt Prewitt, President RadicalxChange

[Litigation] Enoch Liang: CEO, Data Dividend Project

To get paid ASAP, join the Data Dividend Project HERE.

To design a Data Union with Streamr’s software go HERE or contact Shiv.

To read the Data Freedom Act from RadxChange go HERE.

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Take a listen to this special episode of my radio show on WHCR 90.3FM based on excerpts from Personal Data Day with the creators of the Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration. We can’t stress enough that you all should read this tool-kit if you are planning data collection at the municipal level. This is a conversation about integrating activists that are working to modify the governmental use of tech & data with government plans to become a more digitally identifiable society.

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Inclusionism Podcast

This Sunday, I want to share with you a podcast episode of excerpts from a Personal Data Day Summit 2020 panel of authors in our forthcoming book Ethics of Personal Data Collection in International Relations: Inclusionism in The Time of COVID-19 on Anthem Press. This episode is moderated by series co-editor Colette Mazzucelli of New York University and introducing our book co-editor University of Georgia Prof Emeritus C. Ann Hollifield. We’re going to address the following.

-Christian Rossi, Colette Mazzucelli, and David Unger, Rome versus the Regions: Government in Italy during the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic

-Jasmine Lee, Taiwan’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Social Constructivist Analysis of Identity Differentiation with the People’s Republic of…


This past week I had the opportunity to sit down (on Zoom) with Professor David J. Krieger of Institute for Communication and Leadership in Lucerne Switzerland, co-author of the forthcoming Hacking Digital Ethics on Anthem Press. We kicked-off Personal Data Day. I think that you all will enjoy the exploration of ethics from a perspective that we are all tangibly interconnected through our personal and/or interpersonal data.

The book is scheduled for early 2021 in a series co-edited by Colette Mazzucelli of NYU and myself at Anthem Press.

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Friends,

I’ve been waiting on the Board of Election to publish the final voter count before emailing you all. I’ve also been thinking about how to best answer all of the questions that we’ve received, not only about the campaign but also about what’s next.

As I’m sure you’ve seen, I’ve been in the streets, probably too much. The COVID-19 test I had last Monday came back negative, so that’s a relief. I’ve had two since I’ve come back to life in June. Perhaps, I’ve been a bit paranoid about catching it again. …


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Last night around 7PM as my neighborhood started to come out and clap for the essential workers (yes we’re still doing that) and I walked to Harlem Cigar Room to catch a stick. On my way back I just zig-zagged through the streets. I stumbled upon a few neighbors with iVoted stickers and asked if I could trouble them to tell me who they voted for in the congressional race. Aside from the one old-timer who probably thought that I was trying to steal his identity LOL they told me “JFK”. I was wearing a t-shirt and #WeOweUs cap with sunglasses, so I didn’t look much like the James on Google. …

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