We develop privacy-preserving tools and research at
MIT that will help shape the future of data governance.
We develop privacy-preserving tools and research at MIT that will help shape the future of data governance.

MIT Future of Data

25 April 2024: Future of Data Initiative releases early version of OTrace privacy protocol

Based on student research from Kevin Liao, Quinn P Magendanz, and Dian Wen we have just released on early version of our OTrace privacy protocol along with an API spec and backend code.  now posted on Github including the OTrace API Spec, backend code, and other research sandbox items (homepage).

In order to improve trust in the open banking ecosystem, this work proposes a protocol for traceability—the ability for consumers to track how data is being used and shared, even (and especially) across organizational boundaries. Traceability will help achieve reliable, scalable detection of data misuse, leading to both better internal processes and more effective intervention by enforcement authorities when necessary.

18 April 2023: MIT Future of Data publishes a new white paper on accountability and traceability

The goal of deploying accountable systems is to empower consumers and assure consumer protection authorities that data is being handled in a respectful and trusted manner. Respectful use of data means that there are no surprises, and consumers are provided control over their personal data. Trust is earned by clear evidence that data is collected, used, and stored according to applicable law and best practices.

The confluence of powerful data analytics, artificial intelligence, and global information platforms together with changing social attitudes about personal data are transforming both the policy and technology landscape.

To address these global privacy challenges, the MIT Internet Policy Research Initiative (IPRI) and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) founded the MIT Future of Data, with the goal of bringing state-of-the-art MIT computer science research together with world-leading public policy expertise and engagement.

Industry partners work with MIT researchers on new policy-informed, technical approaches to today’s privacy challenges; to understand the implications of new laws such as the GDPR; and to lead a global dialogue with policymakers, civil society, and industry leaders as we shape the future of privacy and data governance.

To advance accountable systems, our mission includes the development of royalty-free privacy protocols that enable the traceable, accountable sharing of personal data in new, consumer-facing data environments.

The MIT Future of Data initiative leads technical research on privacy-enhancing data systems and analytic techniques, creates a policy dialogue with extensive public engagement, and develops new educational opportunities related to data governance technology and public policy.

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