In producing The Data Transparency Weekend, The Wall Street Journal sought to promote tools that let people see and control their personal data online. The event was an outgrowth of the paper’s What They Know series, which documented the tracking of data. Attendees–programmers and developers with engineering, product-development, user-experience or technical research backgrounds–formed teams to work on free Web tools that promote data transparency.
The Data Transparency Weekend was divided into three main tracks:
- Scanning: Enhancing technology that scans the Web to reveal tracking
- Education: Helping people see how much information they share
- Control: Improving software that helps people control sensitive information