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Rob Stone at Who Owns the World Conference, convened by the Platform Cooperativism Consortium at The New School in November 2019. Stone 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.

Rob Stone is Founder and CEO of Datavest where he leads the development of the world’s first Data Investment Platform,​ which offers individuals the ability to turn their personal data into a personal (and ​investable)​ capital-asset. Prior to Datavest, he served as a Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley where the focus of his efforts centered upon increasing the availability of ESG, SRI and impact investment opportunities to both the firm’s individual and institutional clients. Rob previously co-founded the creation of a nonprofit microfinance institution (MFI) in Argentina in collaboration with Pepperdine University that continues to offer interest-free lending opportunities to entrepreneurs who lack affordable access to capital. Rob is a frequent speaker at leading industry conferences and venues; including the Aspen Institute, Know Identity, Draper University, Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, as well as the PCC conference held in Hong Kong in 2018. Rob received his MPP from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is a proud member of the Platform Cooperativism Consortium Circle of Cooperators and holds the view that those who currently own the data, own the platforms, ​that own the world.

Added April 20, 2020