UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Data ownership: Who owns what and why

11 June 2019, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Data ownership: who owns what and why?

Today big corporations have more granular and immediate personal data beyond that of any state. How does this impact the welfare state’s ability to harness and use data for the public good? Leading economist Mariana Mazzucato chairs a discussion with Evgeny Morozov and Isabella de Michelis to discuss the politics of data ownership.

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This event, in partnership with the British Library, is part of the Innovation and the Welfare State series, a dynamic new lecture series that explores how we can deliver public value through innovation. The series brings world-leading thinkers to debate how we can rethink healthcare, green growth, public access to knowledge and new forms of data ownership as part of the 21st-century welfare state.

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About the Speakers

Evgeny Morozov


Evgeny Morozov is the author of The Net Delusion and To Save Everything, Click Here. Morozov’s monthly column appears in several international newspapers. He has been a fellow at Georgetown University, Stanford University, Open Society Foundations, New America Foundation, and the American Academy in Berlin. He has a PhD in history of science from Harvard University.

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Isabella de Michelis

Founder and CEO at ErnieApp

Isabella de Michelis is the founder and CEO of ErnieApp, the company which launched the first worldwide Privacy Knowledge Manager, a consumer internet app forging into a business model GDPR consent rule. She spent years advising institutional and private clients around digital strategies, wireless broadband, technology policy. She also worked for Cisco and Qualcomm as EU government affairs and technology policy chief.

Mariana Mazzucato

Director at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

This event is chaired by IIPP Director Mariana Mazzucato. Mariana is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL). She is winner of the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic. She is the author of highly acclaimed books The Entrepreneurial State and The Value of Everything, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize. 

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