By 2022, a cryptocurrency will lay the foundations for a digital universal income linked to personal data

Discover in video the prediction of Mehdi Medjaoui about the sale of personal data. According to him, a leading web company will launch a cryptocurrency (stablecoin) to encourage Internet users to sell their personal data for compensation. The reflections presented in this prediction series also touch on other ideas of the macroeconomic order. We invite you to discuss each prediction made by sharing your opinion with us.

What is a smart contract?

A smart contract, also called a smart contract in French, is a computer program / application that is triggered automatically without third-party intervention. In the case of blockchain technologies, these autonomous contracts are automatically activated on the network when conditions are met. The triggers are entered by the creator of the smart contract when it is created. The most famous cryptocurrency for smart contracts is Ethereum even if many competitors have appeared over time such as Tezos for example. Autonomous agreements are used in the ICO or the DeFi protocols.

What is the GDPR?

The RGPD is the general regulation on data protection. This text aims to improve the protection of personal data of individuals within the European Union. Thus, companies that reach European citizens are concerned by the collection, storage and processing of personal data. The latter must obtain the consent of the people before collecting their data. They must store this data anonymously and securely so as not to reveal personal information. They also have the obligation to provide and delete data if the data subjects so request.

What is universal income?

It is a sum of money, or other asset, paid on a regular basis to a whole community of people on a regular basis. The disbursement criteria may differ depending on the entity or entities that pay this income. In this example, the revenues are paid by companies in exchange for personal data (voluntarily provided by individuals) that they can use to improve their advertising targeting, for example.

Mehdi Medjaoui thinks that the data collected by digital platforms is a huge capital that is underused and consumed in a non-optimal way because it is only consumed by a few players. With the development (and maturity) of the GDPR and new IT tools (API, new programming interfaces), this capital will be freed up (it will be easier to transfer this data) and made profitable by the users who will benefit from a dividend of “digital work”. According to some estimates, user data is worth an average of $ 8,000. Thus, users could share their data, on a consent basis, with certain selected actors and could receive a kind of universal income (monetary value) or various benefits (in kind for example). Currently, payment via fiat currencies does not allow players to carry out micro-transactions (of the order of a few cents) because the costs of the financial system are too high. This is why Mehdi Medjaoui thinks that a cryptocurrency (RGPD) will be used, probably a stablecoin created by a major web player.

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