Citizens today have a fundamental role to play in determining what kind of data society we will live in. They can resign themselves to being passive consumers and merchandise in the hands of those who exploit their information, or exercise their right to access the data that belongs to everyone and use it.
Thousands of administrations worldwide have promoted open data policies to improve their levels of transparency and encourage citizen innovation, with varying degrees of success.
Furthermore, today the public is producing its own data. Different collaborative platforms make new forms of science possible, and allow us to be participants in collective experiments.