Digital Rights Management for any data

Hyker enabled smart city


Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control. The goals of the open data movement are similar to those of other “open” movements such as open sourceopen hardwareopen contentopen educationopen educational resourcesopen governmentopen knowledgeopen accessopen science, and the open web. Paradoxically, the growth of the open data movement is paralleled by a rise in intellectual property rights.

Open data is important for the development of many new and exciting public applications provided by communities and governments, like smart cities.  It provides the people most capable of creating smart city solutions with the data needed.

But, not all data will be open. Critical infrastructures, for instance, like the power, telecoms or water networks are all vital to the society and the data is classified and cannot be published openly. There are also other business and privacy concerns (GDPR) that prevent openness. Companies generating data will try to generate revenue from their data or protect it from competitors.

Without the live feed from all these data sources, many of the visioned smart applications will be very hard to realize. There need to be a security mechanism that enables organizations to share and sell their data to application and service providers, while still maintaining control over the data, like Digital Rights Management (DRM) protects the products from the media industry.

End-to-end encryption for publish-subscribe communication patternsThis is where Hyker Full Life Cycle Encryption comes in. The data owner at the data producer endpoint maintains full control over the encryption keys for the data and who to share it with. The subscribing consumer endpoints ask the producer for the key when the data should be decrypted for consumption by users or aggregating software.

Through this control, it is easy to implement subscription models with micropayment routines down to specific data elements or even real-time spot trading of the data. Data can be streamed publicly or stored in common databases without ever losing control over the data, in essence, a DRM system for IoT data.