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You have something every business and organization wants: your personal data. The most powerful companies are no longer oil companies, they’re data companies. Most of the important decisions that we make as a society are ultimately based on what we understand about individuals and populations.

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The $76B global market research industry has been going through a transformation over the past decade. This transformation can be characterized by three macro trends that ultimately will change the face of the industry. I would describe these three macro trends as automation and agile research, advanced analytics and techniques, and data sovereignty. Not to minimize the progress that has been made in this industry, but this is also the same industry that has spent 50+ years primarily taking the paper survey that went door to door and making it more efficient with telephones, CATI systems, and the internet - with little change to the primary data collection vehicle - the survey.

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In the UK, a team of four former execs from YuMe and Crowd Science have set up a new company called Measure Protocol, offering a blockchain-based marketplace for person-based data where it says individuals are paid fairly and data usage is secure and transparent.

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