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Volume 54, July/August 2019, Number 4 · pp. 222-227


Alternative Data Governance Models: Moving Beyond One-Size-Fits-All Solutions

Bruno Carballa Smichowski

In the past few years, many political and societal issues have arisen around data. The Cambridge Analytical scandal has illustrated the problems posed to both privacy and democracy by having a for-profit private firm controlling the use of detailed personal data of millions of people. Antitrust scholars and regulators such as the European Commission warn and have started taking action against anti-competitive uses of data. In many cities, transportation authorities lack access to data on ride-hailing trips or real-time traffic that is vital to their mission. As a result, companies like Uber and Waze have started selling their data to public actors. In this context, one of the main challenges the data economy faces today is the insufficient level of data sharing between public and private actors.


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