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Rafael Zanatta at Who Owns the World Conference, convened by the Platform Cooperativism Consortium at The New School in November 2019. Zanatta is a speaker for Town Hall 3 – Data Co-ops as a Path Toward Data Sovereignty.

About This Town Hall: Beyond the analysis of how surveillance capitalism is extracting data and controlling our lives, this session is pointing to a way forward for the democratization of digital infrastructure. Without ownership of the platform or protocol, how do we move from Big Tech’s data extraction to data sovereignty? From “smart cities” to the healthcare sector, music streaming and beyond, data cooperatives are becoming more relevant to founders who work to democratize the Internet through cooperatively owned digital infrastructure – from social media to cloud services and beyond.

Rafael Zanatta is a Brazilian activist and lawyer. He is one of the leading voices in the movement of digital rights in Brazil and helped in the enactment of the Brazilian General Data Protection Law. In 2016, together with other activists, he co-founded the Coalition “Direitos na Rede”, a network of think tanks, NGOs and research centers. Zanatta is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of São Paulo, where he founded the Center of Ethics, Technology and Digital Economies with Prof. Ricardo Abramovay. He translated Trebor Scholz’ book “Platform Cooperativism” into Portuguese and organized the book “Sharing Economies and the Law.” He holds an LL.M in Law and Political Economy at the University of Turin and a Master of Science at the University of São Paulo Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Latin American Network of Surveillance, Technology and Society Studies (Lavits).

Added April 20, 2020