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Taking on digital identity

Dear *|FNAME|*,

So much of our life is now online that the use of digital IDs has become as necessary as Wifi. According to McKinsey, if full digital ID coverage were to be extended over the next ten years in seven key countries, its economic value could reach 13 percent of GDP, half of which could be enjoyed by individuals.
The personal data that make up our digital IDs, combined with the insight into preferences and priorities revealed by our activities online, can be used to derive our economic identity. But consider what could happen if this economic identity becomes a more important verifier of who we are than our actual identity, when it becomes an important economic asset controlled by others.
It's not a huge stretch to think about our current issues with personal data from the perspective of digital ID and its economic value. But how about taking this a step further, by considering ourselves as Homo Datumicus aka Data man: individuals as data subjects, but also empowered to have the same level of computational capabilities as large corporations to transact with our data so we can enjoy the economic value of our digital identities. 
As we close 2019 and move into the new year and decade, we'll be having more conversations in the digital identity space starting with this Medium blogpost, derived from this HATLAB research working paper. Let us know what you think. 
Happy 2020. 

Yours in HAT,

Leila Trilby


Dec 2019 has been a banner month for the Ethical Tech Alliance, which now has its own website: showcasing featured ETA projects and Preferred Developer Partners and recruiting members looking to build a more responsible internet.


Dec also saw Dataswift waking up the Cambridgeshire countryside with a record five-day sprint. And with still enough energy to party like it's 2019 at the HAT Christmas lunch... 


And on to 2020. Dataswift's hiring again: check out its latest job openings in business development, product and engineering.


Congrats to HATLAB's DROPS research project team. Their paper Exploring the Design Space for Parent-Child Reading has been accepted for the prestigious 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The project's prototype mockups are also out: here's a sneak peek.


It's party conference time again as the CADE Forum for digital economy researchers—into its 7th year now—opens for abstract submissions. Venice in June: bring it on. 


Welcome to Yapily, who joins the HAT Community as Dataswift's Open Banking service provider being tested in the sandbox.


To the Cambridge Venture team from Judge Business School, who presented some interesting HAT stats after its two-week project with Dataswift. 


Lots of opportunities to meet up and talk HAT this year, at HAT Ecosystem Meetups, HAT Coding Workshops and HAT luncheons for CxOs. Details at HAT's Eventbrite page.


HAT Partner Joyn Social Media is looking to save social media with its decentralised platform. Read about Joyn's philosophy and launch plans in its latest media interview, with Athens-based newspaper Kathimerini. 

The Hub of All Things is a way to own your own personal data. It’s a microserver — a database, with a computer brain — that helps you store for yourself the information you give your calendars, social, media, and phone. Here, this video explains it better than we do.

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