Let's fix the personal data problem.
2021-09-24, 12:00–13:30, Room 3

There will be no world without personal data. So let's shape the alternative. An alternative where we, the free software community bring in our experience, passion and beliefs to create a private world enjoying the benefits of big personal data. This is a call for cooperation.


LibreOffice and most of FLOSS in general provide solutions that do not produce
personal data. Unfortunately, this approach has failed at large.

First of all, we cannot optimize the UX of our products as proprietary
competitors can, simply because we do not produce or have the data needed. By
this, using FLOSS will become more and more a matter of believe, not
experience.

This makes our second fundamental problem even worse. Even though we provide
solutions to ensure a private live, the vast majority of people on this planet
doesn't use them, but rather pays with personal data for convenience. With
effects on the whole society, e.g. through manipulated elections.

So, if we have to accept that we cannot reach a world without personal data
and society is only protected if all, not only a few people actually are able
to live privately: How could an alternative look like? One that ensures
privacy and offers the comfort of big data at the same time?

In a talk, I will
- discuss the idea of a personal data cooperative,
- outline why the free software world should be the starting point for such a
civil movement,
- explain why it can actually be successful in changing the world into a
private place and
- how we in LibreOffice can start right away.

In the following workshop, we will discuss implications and next steps for LibreOffice.

Björn is Psychologist and works as UX guy and project manager. His involvement
with free software began in the early 2000s when he helped to start the Open
Usability initiative. He has since worked on user research and UX for
different FLOSS projects, like LibreOffice or KDE. At the same time he has
always been a privacy activist. This struggle between the UX need for
gathering personal data and the idealism of the data activist drives him for
long.