Many data privacy issues stem from the all-too-common centralization of user data in a central location. Private data is currently centralized into the data silos of large tech companies. There the consumer, the data producer and supposed owner, no longer has access to or control over what happens to it. This has created all sorts of privacy nightmares in the past.
CWI researcher Hannes Mühleisen has received an NWO VIDI grant of 800.000 euros to develop a framework to create Responsible Decentralized Data Architecture (RDDA). He will work on designing a new, de-centralized data storage architecture where user’s data stays under their control, for example on a smartphone. At the same time, limited central access to data remains possible, so users should still be able to enjoy the same functionality as before.
About Hannes Mühleisen
Dr. Hannes Mühleisen is a tenured researcher in the Database Architectures group at CWI. Hannes’ research interests are focused on analytical data management. He is a co-creator of the popular DuckDB database management system. He is also the CEO of CWI spin-off DuckDB Labs. Hannes has previously been awarded a NWO Veni grant in 2015.
Vidi grants are part of the NWO Talent Programme and encourage curiosity-driven and innovative research. The Dutch Research Council (NWO) selects researchers based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and the possibilities for knowledge utilization. A total of 625 researchers submitted an admissible research project for funding during this Vidi funding round. Eighty-one of these have now received grants.