Mydex & Society
Research by Mydex into individuals’ attitudes towards organisations use of personal data reveals high degrees of learned helplessness. Cynicism, apathy, and mistrust prevail, along with sometimes shocking levels of ignorance. This is not a good foundation for the development of healthy, fair or democratic society. It is a cause of division and inequality. It is a source of frustration and conflict. It blocks progress. Personal Data Stores provide means by which urgent and pressing social dimensions of information policy can be tackled.
Personal control over personal data can
- redress imbalances of power that exclude individuals from effective, active participation in economic and civic life (except as industrial age ‘consumers’ and ’employees’),
- act as a highly positive policy tool to tackle ‘the digital divide’,
- help both public and private sectors to radically reduce economic waste and environmental damage (see The Economy),
- turn today’s personal data management into a ‘race to the top’ as more active, informed and confident customers and citizens incentivise organisations to focus on improved service delivery and trust-based information-sharing,
- create a more active confident citizenry thereby underpinning a healthy democracy,
- turn a low-trust economic and social environment into a more creative, innovative high trust environment,
- create an improved climate of trust in relationships between organisations, including public sector organisations and Governments, and citizens. This is important for democracy, stability and economic growth,
- trigger a new spate of economic growth around the new industry of Personal Information Management Services.
At a more fundamental level, Personal Data Stores are placing a new, peculiarly modern battle for human rights on the social agenda: the battle for digital human rights.
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