Your boss no longer pays you for your time spent at work, but also for the data you generate. It is one of the out-of-the-box ideas of a European High-Level Expert group, led by Maarten Goos, professor at Utrecht University. The advice of the experts from industry, government and science, was presented to the European Commission on Monday 8 April.
“Everyone who’s working, is creating valuable data, says Maarten Goos, professor of Economics and Institutions and one of the key figures in the Future of Work hub of Utrecht University. "Whether you work in an office, are a teacher or a truck driver. You create mailing lists, teaching methods and knowledge about logistics. Everything you enter into a system is valuable information. In the present time, you leave a lot of that data behind. It is usually owned by companies, which are making increasingly intensive use of data with the rise of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. You are paid for the time you put into your work, or for your diploma, but not for the data you share with your employer. Why not?”
Redistributing the value of digital ownership
It is time for a redistribution of the value of data, is the advice of the European High Level Expert Group in its report The Impact of the Digital Transformation on EU Labour Markets. It was presented to the European Commission on 8 April.