M Celine Takatsuno is our most recent addition to the PrivacyCloud team. We have asked her to help us understand the current status of the various business models falling under the umbrella of a set of principles that the MyData Global organization has come to embody: human-centric control of personal data, individual empowerment, transparency, interoperability, etc. 

More specifically, we have gone through the same list I had put together in a 2019 article, “MyData Business Models”: Privacy Enhancement Tools, User Rights Management platforms, Self-Sovereign Identity tools, Personal Data Stores, Brand Relationship Management tools, Declared Data Platforms, Attention Management and survey-based market research tools, and Personal Data Marketplaces. 

About M Celine Takatsuno

Celine’s been working in data, technology, and privacy spaces for more than a decade.

Before joining us at PrivacyCloud, she was working on a couple of personal data projects, one in healthcare and one in e-commerce.

She’s founded three startups, consulted with a dozen more in media, marketing, and ‘tech for good’, and early on, led business and strategy teams for industry pioneers like Commission Junction.

(Photo by Mitchell Shapiro Photography 2020 – Used with permission)

Sille Sepp serves as the Programmes Lead for MyData Global, an international nonprofit aiming to empower individuals by improving their right to self-determination regarding their personal data.

With a background in Sociology and Urban Governance, Sille is especially keen to explore the MyData concept in the urban context, and the implications of digital technologies and the data economy on society.

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Julian Wilson began his career at Apple in the late 80s. Here he worked on projects such as the world’s first set top box, hybrid CD / internet games console and as part of the team who introduced Newton [arguably the forerunner to the iPhone].  

He left Apple to join ATT in 1996, where he conceived and built a digital cash payment service for mobile phones based on smart cards.  In 1999 after raising $5m from US venture capitalists and the Dutch Government, Julian led a management buyout of this technology to create SmartAxis BV.  After two more Internet start-ups focused on identity and mobile data, Julian joined Barclays engineering team in late 2013, where amongst other things he and a colleague submitted global patents for modification to the bitcoin protocols / blocks of crypto currency.  

Julian joined Ecospend in 2019 to build a self-sovereign data service on top of an Open Banking platform. He describes his role as putting an Internet lens onto product design.

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Gam Dias is a partner at 3PointsDIGITAL, part of the MSQ Group of Digital Agencies, where he is growing the Data Strategy and Personal Data practice. Gam previously co-founded e-commerce consultancy First Retail, and prior to that was Head of Data Strategy at Aviva Insurance. He is also an associate professor at IE Business School.

Gam has been an active member of the MyData Madrid community since its inception in late 2019, and we use our past debates as a starting point, eventually touching on a few hot topics: personal agency, privacy vs convenience, personal data stores, and reinventing digital marketing. 

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Milton Pedraza is CEO of the Luxury Institute, as well as a private investor, a frequent guest speaker at Columbia University, and a well-known entrepreneur. Of particular relevance to us, Milton is an investor in DataLucent and Digi.me, the former of which has recently launched an Advanced Personalization Xchange (APX) together with the Luxury Institute.

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