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World Economic Forum’s Personal Data white paper launched

The World Economic Forum’s new report on Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class is now available for download (PDF, 7.2MB). STL Partners/Telco 2.0 were one of a small group of organisations asked to contribute, along with MIT Media Lab, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Bain & Co, and frog design. A previous description of our work on it is here.

As a result at Mobile World Congress last month we were kindly invited to join the WEF’s ‘Global Agenda Council’ meeting at the Arts Hotel to discuss the Personal Data project in the context of their mHealth and mFinance initiatives. The other attendees at this meeting were the CEO’s from Bharti, Qualcomm, Juniper, Hutchison Whampoa, Alcatel-Lucent APAC, Saudi Telecom, Cisco Europe, Microsoft Europe; Hamadoun Toure from the ITU; Telefonica Group’s COO, EVP’s from AT&T, Telenor and Huawei, and representatives from The World Bank, the GSMA and the United Nations Foundation.

The good news is that the Personal Data topic that Telco 2.0 has been promoting for some time now is now starting to get the prominence it deserves.

Our upcoming ‘Personal Data 2.0’ Exec Brainstorms in Palo Alto (7 April) and London (13 May) will be used to drive the WEF thinking as well as deliver some tangible shorter term outputs to direct telcos’ strategies in this area.

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