Jan J. Zygmuntowski

Data Commons Fellow 2022
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Jan is the Data Commons Fellow at Open Future. Jan is an economist interested in development studies, the political economy of technology, and the digital economy. He is the co-president of the Polish Network of Economics and Program Director at CoopTech Hub, the first Polish center for platform co-ops. He is a lecturer at Kozminski University, where he is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Management and AI in Digital Society program. Jan also co-founded and chaired (between 2015-2020) the Instrat think-tank.

Jan’s research project is focused on data commons governance. Despite the need for greater data sharing and data-based innovation, the mistreatment of personal data and the unequal capacity of actors to leverage data have led to the status quo of privacy fears and siloed databases. The overarching research question is how to design data institutions providing public value and stewarding data as commons? This will be achieved by studying pilot projects of such institutions and by defining on this basis a set of design principles for modern data institutions.

Jan will also support the advocacy work of Open Future with regard to the European data strategy and, in particular, the upcoming Data Act.



Gatekeepers of open

January 19, 2023 by: Jan J. Zygmuntowski
As a contribution to his fellowship, Jan J. Zygmuntowski wrote an opinion on the Paradox of Open, which builds – and responds to – the series of responses to the Paradox of Open.


Data Commons Primer

September 20, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
This primer translates the conceptualizations of the governance of data as a commons into a design framework that brings these ideas to life, in particular through public policies.

Public data commons

May 24, 2022 by: Alek Tarkowski et al.
This policy brief presents a model for public-interest B2G data sharing, aimed to complement the current proposal of the Data Act. The proposal includes the creation of the European Public Data Commons, a body that acts as a recipient and clearinghouse for the data made available.