Ostrom Workshop: Data trusts - disturbing the 'one size fits all' approach to data governance
Data trusts offer a mechanism for individuals and groups to increase their influence over decisions about how, why and by whom data about them is used, using the fiduciary responsibilities associated with trust law to help bridge the gap between the aspiration to share data and concerns about individual rights.
Starting 17 December, a new seminar series from Indiana University's Ostrom Workshop will explore the potential of data trusts as a tool to tackle today's data governance challenges, and the action required to realise this potential. This survey will inform discussions at the series and future developments from the Data Trusts Initiative (
For further information about the background to the workshop, please see: Bottom-up data Trusts: disturbing the ‘one size fits all’ approach to data governance, Sylvie Delacroix, Neil D Lawrence, International Data Privacy Law, Volume 9, Issue 4, November 2019, Pages 236–252, available to all at:
Have you recently encountered any 'bottom-up' data sharing initiatives that you found particularly interesting or inspiring? What institutional structures underpinned these initiatives (for example, cooperatives, trusts, other governance models)?
Are you involved in setting up a data trust, or similar 'bottom-up' governance initiative?
If yes, what are the key challenges you face?
Do you think there are legal obstacles to the creation of data trusts in the US? How do these differ from the challenges in creating other data sharing institutions (cooperatives, for example)?
Which legal or organisational frameworks could form the basis of a data trust in the US? Could State Chartered trust companies play a role?
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