Sunday, June 15, 2014

YOUR data is NOT being investigated

Depending on your perspective, you might be happy or unhappy to hear this, but the reality is that no one besides yourself really cares or understands what information you own, or need to have in order to reach your goals. In essence it is as personal as your own mind.

People might share some of your information, but there is always a limitation on how well they are able to understand or help you achieve your tasks. This may be due to difference in responsibilities, access to information, different ways of processing information and personal agendas (theirs or yours).

But, what about your information pertaining to data about you? While you may feel that you own your own personal data, in reality you only own the information you create. On other bits of information, you may have certain rights (and responsibilities), and some of the information you technically own - you may have to accept rights the others may have to access, or even change.
I do not intend to discuss information security in the post, although it is a hot and very interesting topic. My goal in this post is to emphasize the notion of information perspectives.
When others consume information about you, or provide and receive information from you - they engage with the data from their perspective. This includes their authority, responsibilities as well as the quality and channel through which they interact with this information, and let’s not forget their knowledge and experience.

The point is that you have to consider all of this when you make assumptions or engage with other stakeholders. Some people in fact, are acutely aware of this data perspective paradigm and build an entire business model around these facts. Unfortunately, this is actually quite common in deceptive behavior.

Your data is often either ignored or misunderstood, and you need to understand that, and also that you are likely to misunderstand other people’s data.

In our quest to an evolution of data management, we need to accept this reality and learn to steer through information misconceptions and find ways to effectively accelerate the achievement of common goals. There may be something we can learn from people who do this for a living today and perhaps we can turn their deceptive behavior in to a tool for learning how to better prevent these misuses and for the development of Teneo Vulgo.

So go on, investigate not other people's data, but rather how others data is being understood and used.

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