Empowering Citizens with Digital Twins: A Blueprint

Aleksi Kopponen, Antti Hahto, Petri Kettunen, Tommi Mikkonen, Niko Makitalo, Jarkko Nurmi, Matti Rossi

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The exponentially growing amount of digital information and data analysis increase the ability to perceive the holistic situation of people. This article applies the digital twin paradigm to strengthen a person's ability to utilize information about themselves by creating a digital representation of their situation to support their well-being. More specifically, we propose a blueprint to empower individuals by improving their self-determination regarding their personal data. The blueprint will help service and data providers, both public and private, to develop a common understanding of the role and possibilities of a citizen's controlled personal digital twin of themselves-a citizen digital twin (CDT)-for creating people-centric solutions. The blueprint also provides a rational framework for service development based on CDTs and serves as a basis for strategic guidance of service development. We demonstrate this with a case study of confirmation class students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-16
Number of pages10
Issue number5
Early online date16 Mar 2022
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Citizen Digital Twin
  • Data models
  • Digital twin
  • Digital Twins
  • Ecosystems
  • Information Management
  • Internet
  • MyData
  • People-centric
  • Registers
  • Reliability
  • Service Development
  • Service Ecosystem
  • Soft sensors
  • Transparency
  • Well-being


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