Data Activist will.i.am: We Need To Own Our Data As A Human Right And Be Compensated For It
Tech entrepreneur, activist
It was that vision that helped him five years ago (while having lunch with Salesforce founder Marc Benioff at the World Economic Forum) to peer into the future and predict what people would care about in 2019.
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will.i.am’s answer was “
“Identity and data are increasingly intertwined,” will said in a guest post in The Economist. “The term I coined that day evokes the need for people to be more aware of how they safeguard and share their information.
will wrote that he believes personal data needs to be regarded as a human right, “just as access to water is a human right. The ability for people to own and control their data should be considered a central human value. The data itself should be treated
Anyone still thinking of will.i.am as just a hitmaking producer-rapper is out of touch, Brian Hiatt wrote in Rolling Stone. will’s Puls smartwatch wasn’t exactly successful in 2015, but “he’s still taken seriously by venture capitalists, who have reportedly provided more than $100 million in funding to his company, I.am+ — which is working on a personalized artificial-intelligence assistant.”
will has a problem with data monarchs—companies like Facebook and Google that collect, store, mine and sell data.
“While these companies that give away ‘free’ services have grown rich, the data that belongs to their users
Payment is one way to redress the balance, said will, an avowed lover of technology and app.
What people will care about in five years?
“Actually, I’d say ‘
will.i.am is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global AI Committee and an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in Britain.