An essay on the need for personal digital advocates

(Last updated: December 2020)

Abstract: There is a growing power imbalance between companies who have access to powerful algorithms and processing capacity and users who don’t. To restore the balance, we need to put equally powerful algorithms in the hands of individuals. There are two concrete steps we recommend:

(1) there should be a new regulatory framework which creates an unbreakable commitment for an advocate (a digital service) to work exclusively in the interest of its client;

(2) existing and new regulations around digital rights of individuals (such as GDPR) should make it a priority to make it easy for users to take advantage of these rights using software.

Full essay: [pdf]