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Towards the Decentralisation of Personal Data through Blockchains and Linked Data

Prof. John Domingue (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, http://people.kmi.open.ac.uk/domingue/)

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    When Nov 07, 2018
    from 14:00 to 16:00
    Where CP1-HSZ / Hörsaal 7
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    “The increasing centralization of the Web,” he says, “has ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.” Vanity Fair Quoting Sir Tim Berners-Lee August 2018. 

    As highlighted by the Web’s inventor and by recent stories around the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica the over centralisation of, often personal, data generates significant problems for ordinary users. A related problem is that ‘data poor’ citizens can suffer through the denial of credit and more. Recently in the UK over 60 citizens were erroneously deported because of a lack of citizenship data.

    At the OU we have been working on a semantic blockchain platform, LinkChain, which supports the decentralisation of personal data by through a combination of blockchain and Linked Data technologies. In the presentation I will give an overview of our platform and show some initial uses within the university and adult education space.

    https://blockchain.open.ac.uk/

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