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

Cooperator by choice and innovator by-election, he was also a journalist and publisher. He founded several companies in the world of communication, internet and Big Data. He is now President of the digital start-up Hoda. The company launched the App- Weople, that is the first People’s Data Bank that act as a People Aggregator on the basis of the EU-GDPR. He is also President of Cooptech that is an incubator dedicated to the technological innovation of the Italian cooperatives, that has carried out various projects in the internet and telecommunications sectors, including CoopVoce: the first Italian virtual cooperative mobile operator. He contributed in 2013 to launch the “Cooperative Commons” Manifesto for a conscious and democratic use of digital technologies. At present, he is in charge of the Legacoop’s programs for innovation technology. Recently wrote the book: From the Co-op to the Co-app: for an ethical sharing of Big Data.

Added April 20, 2020