Data Privacy and digital memory on the BBC and our app has just been featured on the Memory episode of BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing (if you missed it you can listen again here, Julian is on from 23.46)

The programme started by musing on the question of memories being lost as the keepers of them, and those who shared them, died off, with presenter Timandra Harkness likening memory to a “Bladerunner moment – all these moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain – it  will be lost in time – inevitable but it still seems kind of sad”

The programme then posited the question: Will memory get washed away in the digital deluge, or will we find some mechanisms that stop us forgetting?

In our segment, Julian explained’s role in gathering memories and data about significant events from our lives, with the purpose of creating greater insight and control as well as the opportunity for each of us to share that on our terms.

And also that the sharing is nuanced – because the data is ours, in our own library, we and we alone can decide what broadly we’re going to share, and then how much and who with.

The benefit to businesses, and more widely innovation? Rich data that is wider in scope, deeper in time and 100 per cent accurate, all fully permissioned.

Leo Johnson, the other presenters, called ‘seductive’ because of the permissioned access value exchange aspect, although Timandra was more skeptical about a world where everything was potentially shareable.

The whole programme, which covers a raft of distinct but interlocking stories on subjects including neuro-science, what the future holds for memories, and how Holocaust memories are both created and preserved not only to learn the lessons of the past but guide the future, is excellent and well worth a listen.