Ada Lovelace Institute convenes panel to explore data futures at RightsCon 2020

16 July 2020

What’s the path to achieving true agency over data? 

Join our panel on data ownership on Wednesday 29 July, 16:15 – 17:15 BST. 

The Ada Lovelace Institute was delighted to host a panel at RightsCon 2020 – the world’s leading event on human rights in the digital age – on data ownership: Ownership or rights? What’s the path to achieving true agency over data?

If you were registered for RightsCon you can watch the session here

As part of our Rethinking Data programme we are exploring what the future of data governance could look like and this is a great opportunity to discuss with a global audience the benefits and the limitations around proposals such as property rights for data (see Own Your Own Data Act, Move Humanity Forward and My31) and receiving financial compensation for generated data (see Data Dividend Project, Steamr and Data as Labour).


  • Martin Tisné, Managing Director at Luminate
  • Elizabeth Renieris, Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center and founder of HackyLawyer
  • Brittany Kaiser, Co-founder Own Your Data Foundation
  • Daniel Mwesigwa, ICT policy analyst and researcher at CIPESA
  • Chris Lee, General Manager at MyData Korea


Our flagship programme, Rethinking Data, is designed to understand how we can change the data governance ecosystem to tackle asymmetries of power, surface the contribution data can make to society, and strengthen data rights and regulation to empower individuals and collectives. At the Ada Lovelace Institute we believe that people should enjoy full agency and control over personal data. To achieve this we must ask:

  • What are the issues with data ownership?
  • Do property rights offer more protection?
  • Is buying and selling data the solution to asymmetries of power?
  • What does our data future look like?

This panel aims to debunk the myths around property rights and monetisation of personal data in different global contexts. Speakers bring forward their perspectives on data ownership and spell out the arguments for and against.

If you were registered for RightsCon you can watch the session here

About the speakers:

Martin Tisné, Managing Director at Luminate

Martin Tisne headshot

As Managing Director, Martin is responsible for Luminate’s Data & Digital Rights impact area, work in Europe, and policy and advocacy. Martin brings over 15 years of investment and leadership experience to his role, including founding and co-founding two multi-stakeholder initiatives and three NGOs.

Alongside the Obama White House, Martin founded the Open Government Partnership and helped it grow to a 70+ country initiative. He also initiated the International Open Data Charter, the G8 Open Data Charter, and the G20’s commitment to open data principles.

Martin is the co-founder of Publish What You Fund, a global campaign for foreign aid transparency, and Integrity Watch Afghanistan, the country’s leading anti-corruption NGO. Prior to joining Luminate, Martin founded and ran the Transparency and Accountability Initiative – a donor collaborative bringing together the world’s largest open government funders.

He is a board member of the Open Data Institute, a steering committee member of Reset, and a member of the UK’s AI Council.

Elisabeth Renieris, Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center and founder of HackyLawyer

Elizabeth Renieris HeadshotElizabeth M. Renieris is a law and policy expert focused on data governance and the human rights implications of new and emerging technologies. She is the founder of HACKYLAWYER, a consultancy focused on law and policy engineering, a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and a Technology and Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights.

A leading authority on digital identity, cross-border data protection and privacy laws (CIPP/E, CIPP/US), and emerging technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, Elizabeth has advised the World Bank, the U.K. Parliament, and the European Commission, as well as a variety of international organizations and NGOs, on these subjects. She also serves as a Policy Advisor to the Center for Humane Technology and an Advisor to the MIT Computational Law Report.

Brittany Kaiser, Co-founder Own Your Data Foundation

Brittany Kaiser- Profile PhotoBrittany Kaiser is a data rights activist and the founder of the #OwnYourData campaign. She is a co-founder of the Digital Asset Trade Association (DATA), a nonprofit lobbying firm advancing legislative reform to protect the rights of individuals to control their own digital assets.

She currently works with the states of New York and California on privacy and blockchain legislation. To raise awareness of data rights, she recently co-founded the Own Your Data Foundation, to train others in digital literacy.

Brittany is the primary subject of the Netflix Original documentary, The Great Hack, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and recently nominated for a BAFTA and shortlisted for an Oscar. Brittany is also the author of Targeted, published by Harper Collins in 15 countries. 

Daniel Mwesigwa, ICT policy analyst and researcher at CIPESA

Daniel Mwesigwa PortraitDaniel Mwesigwa is an ICT policy analyst and researcher at CIPESA, an ICT policy and research organisation in Kampala, Uganda. Daniel’s work at CIPESA focuses on Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda but he also regularly analyses tech issues in Africa.

He is published by several journals including Mobile for Development (M4D), Global Information Society Watch, and the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI).

He is also an affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Chris Lee, General Manager at MyData Korea

Chris LeeChris Lee is an activist fighting for human-centricity in local, regional, and global personal data ecosystems. He is a Senior Researcher at 2e Consulting in Korea providing advisory services to private and public sector organizations for their ethical handling of personal data. He is also the General Manager at MyData Korea Hub and Steering Group Vice-Chair at MyData Global.

Chris sees the world on the verge of a tipping point, and we, as individuals, will soon be in control of our data.
Aside from MyData, his joys in life are learning how to train neural networks and doing a side hustle in e-commerce.

Valentina Pavel, Legal Researcher at the Ada Lovelace Institute

Valentina PavelValentina Pavel is a Legal Researcher at the Ada Lovelace Institute, a UK-based research and deliberative body working to ensure data and AI work for people and society. She’s leading the Changing Regulations workstream of the Rethinking Data programme, a project designed to change the data governance ecosystem by transforming how we talk about data through our narratives, developing people-centred data practice, and envisioning a positive vision for the future of data regulation.

She is a former Mozilla Fellow at Privacy International where she developed the Our Data Future project and she previously worked as a digital rights policy advisor with ApTI Romania, member of the European Digital Rights (EDRi) network.