Thorsten Dittmar
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Thorsten Dittmar

A tech nerd since before that was a thing to be. Entrepreneur, investor, and mentor for 30+ years. Thorsten started his computer science career in the early 80s when he had a 4 color Mohawk haircut and most of the computers were the size of a garage. In early 2019, Thorsten founded his latest venture polypoly.eu, which aims to give each individual back the sovereignty over their digital data, and in this way, support the flow of European data capital back into the local markets.

Polypoly For Sustainable Data Economy
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Data governance is a fundamental concept that must be addressed globally as data resources become increasingly essential in today’s world. However, there are several problems with data governance, including uneven data rights and conflicting interests between the players in the data economy. The regulations for how governments and businesses gather

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Where Do Data Silos Come From, And Why Are They A Problem?
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Times are changing. We are breaking new thresholds in managing data. But getting rid of old habits is easier said than done. Data silos, an institutional phenomenon, are still mushrooming in today’s increasingly connected and shared world focused on accessibility. Top companies are now busy breaking down data silos to

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Enterprise Data Sovereignty
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Data sovereignty is becoming a hot topic, but almost all articles on the subject and the bulk of the proposed solutions focus on consumers and their ability to own their data. Enterprise data sovereignty is a different beast, but it operates on the same principle – making data “free.” By free, we

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7 Cooperative Principles And Data Sovereignty
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Cooperatives are best understood as groups of people with identical or highly similar needs. These needs have traditionally included insurance, money lending and saving, achieving economies of scale, or marketing goods. With data being one of the most valuable commodities on earth (if not the most valuable), it is only

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Transparency And Data Income Plans
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Towards the end of 2021, I spoke with Julio Santos, the technical cofounder of Fractal – creators of the Fractal Protocol – on some of the essential topics in data sovereignty, privacy, and security.  As with my organization, polypoly, we have concerns over the free access significant companies have over

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Facebook Data Sovereignty And Gdpr
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In recent weeks, the topic of data privacy, data security, data sovereignty, and how social media platforms harvest and use our information has reared its head again. The most recent Facebook whistleblower, who divulged how the platform knows it is responsible for helping to create divisions through its algorithm, which

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