The First Data Futurathon


Cabinet C1


09:00 - 13:00






Figuring Out the Rules For the Data Environment That We Want  

Imagine that we are just starting a series of grassroots workshops about the desirable data future. In these futurathons we figure out together the rules to govern our data environment, with the aim of making it a better place to be for all of us. Imagine that you are about to take part in creating this desirable data future. What do you think it looks like? What do you think the rules should be like? How do we get there?

Join us for the first data futurathon to work on small glimpses of the desirable future, and start identifying bits and pieces of the path that takes us there. We will work on rules, norms, ideals and aims that need to be taken into account in order to make desirable futures possible – and, equally importantly, to avoid undesirable futures.

How do I need to prepare?

To facilitate the futurathon, you need to complete two tasks prior to the workshop:

  1. Read material on future scenarios that start from different data governance models and explore their potential implications for our data futures.
  2. Do a short assignment related to features of the data future that you imagine as desirable. This is an essential part of the workshop, as we will build on your contributions throughout the session.

Participants who sign up for the workshop will receive the necessary materials and detailed instructions for the assignment.

What will I get?

Primarily you will be part of the process that creates the future that you want! More immediately, the workshop will orient you to think about different data futures. It will be a thought-provoking start for the MyData conference, and it will help you reflect the conference’s talking points in a new light.

Instructions and practicalities

Participants need to sign up for the workshop in advance. The number of participants is limited, please sign up as soon as possible – first come, first served. You can sign up via this form. The material and instructions will be sent to attendees in early August at the latest. You will be able to send your contribution as text, visualization, video, or in some other format. The deadline for sending in your contribution is September 11.


Tuukka Lehtiniemi, University of Helsinki

Valentina Pavel, Mozilla Fellow at Privacy International

Minna Ruckenstein, University of Helsinki

Sonja Trifuljesko, University of Helsinki

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