MyData Global is an international nonprofit, which aims to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data. Formally established in Oct 2018, MyData Global has 578 members, incl. 71 organisations, from over 40 countries on 6 continents. In 2019, MyData was awarded as one of the most impactful European initiatives shaping the Next-Generation Internet for “Data as human right”.
MyData Global is a change maker in the area of digital human rights. The movement has published a white paper – MyData: A Nordic model for human-centric approach to personal data (2015, Finnish versions in 2014 and 2018), MyData Declaration (2017), organised three international conferences (2016-2018) and built a global, multi-stakeholder community of activists, businesses, decision makers and academics committed to work for more equitable data sharing. MyData is part of the solution for fair data economy - more equitable and sustainable economic development (2019).
MyData Global brings together different types of organisations and people who work towards data empowerment, digital human rights, and transformative business. This is done through MyData Initiatives – a network of 21 local hubs (from Silicon Valley to Cameroon to France to Japan, 2 more local hubs applications pending) and 1 thematic group (health data). MyData Global formalises this network of initiatives and activity, which has been growing since 2012, and continues the work of influencing the development of digital markets to better respect the rights of individuals. The members of MyData are coming from over 40 countries on six continents.
Since 2016, the MyData movement has gathered hundreds of personal data experts and practitioners from all over the globe at each of its annual conferences in Helsinki, Finland. The next conference, where 1000 participants from more than 40 countries are expected, is organized in Helsinki on 25-27 September 2019 (www.mydata2019.org)