Are Personal Data Stores the future of the internet?

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This event will explore the technical, legal and commercial challenges of Personal Data Stores, a disruptive new technology which puts control back into the hands of internet users.

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This event will explore the technical, legal and commercial challenges of Personal Data Stores, a disruptive new technology which puts control back into the hands of internet users.

"If you aren't paying for the product, then you are the product".

The standard internet business model has become “surveillance capitalism” – taking users' data, applying analytics and pushing back personalised advertising.

Personal Data Stores only grant access to data on a need to know basis, or via a commercial contract. This disruptive technology seeks to put power back into the hands of users. We will look at the technical, legal, and commercial fundamentals that will predict the outcomes in this exciting new market segment.

This FREE interactive workshop will feature three short presentations concluding with an open forum. Registration opens at 5pm with networking over refreshments and pizza, with the session starting at 6pm. This event is kindly hosted by the Bradfield Centre.

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Registration and networking over refreshments and pizza


Introduction to CW from Simon Mead, CEO, CW (Cambridge Wireless)


Arthur Meadows, Identity Veteran,

'What are the business model challenges for establishing trust and identity online'

Arthur will discuss the historical challenges of identity and personal data management eg the 7 laws of identity and centralised vs decentralised trust. What needs to happen to allow users and service providers to exchange data?


Alan Mitchell, Non-executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Mydex

‘Realising the Personal Data Store Vision: Lessons from the Front Line’

Alan will provide a short summary of what the vision and what they are doing to realise it at Mydex. Drawing on his experiences at the front line of what is possible he will discuss what key lessons they have learnt and some of the potential exciting opportunities.


Jonathan Holtby, CCO, Dataswift

‘User-owned personal data in application and practice’

The promise of formal and effective data mobility has been called up over and over by leadership in Government and Academia. In many ways, the technological achievement of this promise was delivered long ago. It isn’t necessarily easy, but you can store your own personal data for yourself on a dozen or more services spread across many Western countries. So what’s holding up widespread adoption? App-initiated integrations represent by far the most promising opportunity for introducing user-owned data infrastructure to the mass market, but achieving it means navigating numerous perceived hypocrisies, and embracing the argument that data is a currency, and ought to be - needs to be - exchanged


Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, Paul Morris


Closing remarks and event ends


Jonathan Holtby - VP Marketing, Dataswift

Arthur Meadows - Chief Commercialisation Officer, Fetch.AI

Arthur had a identity start-up in early 2000s and has remained fascinated by the sector ever since. He has recently left, a Cambridge-based, AI + Machine Learning + blockchain company, that has raised +$20m in the last 18 months. is building decentralised exchange platform in which activity history and trust enable autonomous transactions to occur between AI agents that represent individuals and their assets.

As a start-up enthusiast, Arthur has worked in a variety of positions around product management and marketing in the UK, Europe & in the US, in a range of different sectors. He started the Cambridge Product Management Network, a professional network for those that cross the (sometimes gaping) chasm between tech and commercials 10 years ago. He has an MBA from Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.

Alan Mitchell - Non-executive Chairman and Co-Founder, Mydex

Alan is non-executive Chairman of Mydex CIC the personal data store operators which he helped found in 2008. Alan has worked in consultancy advising companies in the retail, telecoms, banking, motoring, media and social media on their personal data strategies and policies. He was a strategic advisor to the UK Government’s midata programme. Previously, he was a business journalist writing for the Times and Financial Times. His books including Right Side Up (2001) and The New Bottom Line (2003).

SIG Champions

Paul Copping - CTO, Fawley Waterside, CEO, Maxathon Ltd

Paul Copping is CTO at Fawley Waterside, a new build £1B+ smart city development in the Solent which will form an international merchant city, see  He is also Vice President Corporate Development at Sightline Innovation Inc of Toronto, with a focus on data trusts and privacy.  He is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group AI Task Force on Data Governance.  Paul was previously Chief Innovation Officer at Digital Greenwich (2014-2018) while chairing an Industry Specification Group at ETSI called City Digital Profile.   His earlier career includes leadership roles in telecoms (Nortel, BT) and transport (TRL).

Michael Lu - Director, Software Strategy (Security & Privacy), Arm

Paul Morris - Business Development Director, EnSilica

Paul has 30 years’ experience working on various wireless and semi-conductor systems most recently promoting semiconductors for Ka-band beamformers for satellite connectivity and growing EnSilica’s business.  He gained his semiconductor experience from CSR’s early days through to its trade sale to Qualcomm where he was Senior Director, Technology covering a range of mobile, security, wireless audio and automotive products.  He enjoys growing international technology businesses and has lived and worked in France and China.  Paul is active in various Cambridge local networks including CW and Cambridge Network and has acted in advisory roles for start-ups.

Tim Phipps - Programme Manager, Samsung Cambridge (SCSC)

Tim sees Cambridge Wireless as a way to build the network of relationships that drive business growth and a better society for us all. Tim works to develop communications on technologies from their earliest beginnings to mass market adoption, including WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular chipsets and software. His experience includes working as an engineer, programme manager, and product manager.

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Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB4 0GA

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