IGF 2023 WS #222 DataDAO: Pioneering Fairness in Data Economies

Organizer 1: Jenna Manhau Fung, 🔒DotAsia/ NetMission.Asia
Organizer 2: Kevin Yuen, Delphia
Organizer 3: Noha Abdel Baky, 🔒
Organizer 4: Emilia Zalewska, 🔒NASK, Youth IGF Poland, YCIG

Speaker 1: Andrew Peek, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Charles Mok, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Paola Galvez, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Jenna Manhau Fung, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator

Noha Abdel Baky, Civil Society, African Group


Emilia Zalewska, Technical Community, Eastern European Group


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

-How can Data DAOs be integrated into existing legal and regulatory frameworks to foster a more equitable and democratic Internet ecosystem?
-What responsibilities should organizations have in ensuring data subjects' rights, including access, portability, and erasure, are respected and upheld?
-What collaborations between different stakeholders are necessary to achieve a fair data economy, and how can policymakers facilitate these partnerships?
-How can public awareness around data rights and privacy be improved to empower individuals in the digital age?
-What ethical considerations should be taken into account when designing and implementing Data DAOs to ensure inclusivity and fairness?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Through open and engaging discussions, participants are expected to deepen their understanding on how data is used today and how the values of their own data can be exploited by data-driven enterprises. With real-world examples discussed in the workshop, they will have the knowledge to re-evaluate their engagement in the data economy and be able to make better choices when engaging with data-driven enterprises.

By the end of the session, attendees will have learned about the concept of the DataDAO model and the challenges and opportunities in integrating a DataDAO in existing legal and regulatory frameworks. They will have also gained valuable insights into the transformative potential of the DataDAO model on data governance and how it can promote fairness in the data economy.


In today's fast-paced digital world, data has become the new oil, powering a vast and rapidly evolving data economy. However, the current data landscape is plagued with issues of centralization, lack of transparency, and inequitable distribution of value, leading to a highly unfair ecosystem for the users who generate this invaluable resource.

Our panel will explore the transformative potential of DataDAO, a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO) model, to address these challenges and catalyze a paradigm shift in the way we perceive and manage data.

The session will begin with an overview of the existing data economy, highlighting the pitfalls and shortcomings of the prevailing practices in data management and governance. We will discuss the adverse implications of these practices, ranging from privacy violations and security breaches to the concentration of power and wealth in the hands of a few dominant players.

Next, the panel will introduce the concept of DataDAO, elucidating its core principles, features, and benefits. We will delve into how DataDAO creates a decentralized, and secure ecosystem, empowering users to control their data and reap the rewards of its economic value. Our panelists will also address the regulatory and policy implications of adopting a DataDAO model, exploring ways in which stakeholders can collaborate to shape a more equitable data economy.

- Introduction (5 mins)
- Panel Discussion (30 mins)
- Q&A (15 mins)
- Roundtable discussion (30mins)
- Remarks & Summary (10 mins)

Expected Outcomes

The session is expected to serve as a platform for all stakeholders to explore the topic of data economy and to gather like-minded individuals to foster collaborations in projects and initiatives. Attendees will be encouraged to lead or join movements that are currently promoting a fairer data economy.

The organizers will publish a workshop summary report with key takeaways, policy recommendations, and potential challenges discussed during the session. The report will be shared with relevant stakeholders on different occasions or through digital platforms to encourage further action and engagement suggested by the discussion outcomes.

Discussion outcomes of this session will also serve as a critical source of information for a policy group initiated by the organizing team to further explore the topic and expand it to a more comprehensive set of policy recommendations.

Hybrid Format: To foster a collaborative environment that encourages productive and meaningful discussions with diverse perspectives, both on-site and online moderators will collaborate to facilitate the session and ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to express their opinions. Additionally, a chat room moderator will be present to ensure that valuable comments are acknowledged and integrated into the overall discussion.
To maintain a balanced and inclusive discussion, a queue will be established for the Q&A and roundtable sessions. On-site and online attendees will be placed in an alternating order to ensure fairness. The team has also made a conscious effort to avoid any settings that favor on-site participants over online participants. For instance, the integration of any on-site breakout group where transcription services and proper streaming of the discussion are not enabled has been avoided. This is to ensure that all participants have equal access and opportunities for engagement in the session.