openPDS Project

In collaboration with ID3, the Human Dynamics group at the MIT Media Lab has created the openPDS software. This is part of the Open Mustard Seed project towards creating a full Trust Network reference platform. openPDS follows the recommendations of the WEF, the US NSTIC and the US Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. openPDS allows sensitive data processing to take place within a user’s Personal Data Store. The dimensionality of the data can thus be individually reduced on a per-need basis before being anonymously shared. The framework allows for PDSs to engage in privacy-preserving group computation, which can be used as a replacement for centralized aggregation.

The core principles of openPDS are:

  • Answers, not Data
  • Permissions for Sharing
  • Auditability
  • Governance

openPDS Software from Human Dynamics