Christine Borgman: Data Ownership and Profitability

UCLA IS Distinguished Research Professor shares perspective on the possibility of data dividends in a democratic society.

UCLA Distinguished Research Professor Christine L. Borgman was interviewed by KCBS Radio on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plans for a proposal that Californians be paid for their personal data.

“It’s really part of a larger conversation about who pays for data, who owns it, who controls it, who has access to it and how you govern these relationships in a democratic society,” said Borgman, who is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Professor Borgman noted that different societies have different views of privacy, as is evidenced by stricter laws in Europe regarding users’ data. She also stated that there is still a need for “certain kinds of utilities that are relatively free for individuals.”

“What we don’t want to get into is… two tiers of service where the rich can pay for certain kinds of access to protect their privacy and the rest of us simply have to pay with our data,” said Borgman.

 To hear Professor Borgman on KCBS, visit this link.


Photo by Todd Cheney, UCLA