Decentralised Personal Data

Decentralised Personal Data

This project explores challenges related to storing and retrieving people's personal information. A central problem we investigate is the way in which personal data is currently stored away in centralised silos of different companies with no easy way for users to control or integrate their data. One line of work in this project explores ways to re-decentralise the Web and bring back control to the users.

Such attempts face an uphill battle in a digital economy where companies compete to gather as much data about their users as possible, but we have prototyped a new platform called INDX which presents an alternative, decentralised model for how users access social platforms.

Another line of work develops new tools for Personal Information Management that support user-driven mixing of previously un-integrated data, giving users the ability to take advantage of their data across platforms. Here, we created DataPalette, an interface that introduced simple tools for working with heterogeneous data.

Publications
Story, H. (2017).  SoLiD: co-operating systems.
Waites, W., Sweet J., Baig R., Buneman P., Fayed M., Hughes G., et al. (2016).  RemIX: A Distributed Internet Exchange for Remote and Rural Networks. Proceedings of the 2016 Workshop on Global Access to the Internet for All. 25–30.
Van Kleek, M. (2016).  Max.
Van Kleek, M., Binns R., Zhao J., & Shadbolt N. (2016).  The Long-Term Implications of the Increasing Loss of Control Over Our Personal Information. CHI.
Murray-Rust, D., O'Hara K., Oswald M., Van Kleek M., & Shadbolt N. (2015).  Privacy by obfuscation with personal data management architectures: possibilities and constraints. Workshop on the Economics of Surveillance, ACM Web Science Conference 2015.
Van Kleek, M., Willams C., West P., Tinati R., Smith D., & Dragan L. (2015).  INDX.
Van Kleek, M. (2015).  Not in my castle: the case for the web, not app platforms, as a model for digital home ecosystems.. USEWOD'15.
Oswald, M., Van Kleek M., Murray-Rust D., O'Hara K., & Shadbolt N. (2015).  Possible futures for personal data stores . TRILCon.
Van Kleek, M., Smith D., Murray-Rust D., Guy A., O'Hara K., Dragan L., et al. (2015).  Social Personal Data Stores. Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on World Wide Web - {WWW} {\textquotesingle}15 Companion.
Van Kleek, M., Smith D., Tinati R., Hara O'K., Hall W., & Shadbolt N. (2014).  7 billion home telescopes. Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on World Wide Web - WWW '14 Companion.
O'Hara, K., Carolyn N. M. - H., & Peter H. (2014).  Introduction. Stand Alone. 3–21.
Liccardi, I., Pato J., Weitzner D., Abelson H., & De Roure D. (2014).  No technical understanding required: Helping users make informed choices about access to their personal data. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services.
Dragan, L., Luczak-Roesch M., & Shadbolt N. (2014).  Understanding personal data as a space - learning from dataspaces to create linked personal data. Services and Applications over Linked APIs and Data (SALAD2014).
Van Kleek, M., & O'Hara K. (2014).  The Future of Social Is Personal: The Potential of the Personal Data Store. (Miorandi, D., Maltese V., Rovatsos M., Nijholt A., & Stewart J., Ed.).Social Collective Intelligence: Combining the Powers of Humans and Machines to Build a Smarter Society. 125–158.
Van Kleek, M. (2014).  Alternative Internet.
O'Hara, K., Haynes P., & Nguyen M-H. Carolyn (2014).  Digital enlightenment yearbook 2014: social networks and social machines, surveillance and empowerment.
O'Hara, K., Haynes P., & Nguyen M-H. Carolyn (2014).  Introduction.
Smith, D. (2014).  INDX Personal Data Store.
Mireille, H., Kieron O’H., & Michael W. (2013).  Introduction. Stand Alone. 1–25.
Van Kleek, M., Smith D., Packer H. S., Skinner J., & Shadbolt N. (2013).  Carpé Data: Supporting Serendipitous Data Integration in Personal Information Management. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI2013).
O'Hara, K., Waidner M., & Hildebrandt M. (2013).  Introduction.
Van Kleek, M., Smith D. A., Packer H. S., Skinner J., & Shadbolt N. (2013).  Carpe data: supporting serendipitous data integration in personal information management (CHI 2013 Preview Trailer). CHI'13.