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Data Commons and the City

What if citizens can control and use their data to benefit the city? With a.o. Evgeny Morozov & Francesca Bria.
This event is in English
Wednesday 31 Jan, 20.00
wo 31 jan, 20.00
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It's becoming painfully clear that our digital sovereignty is under serious pressure. How can we ensure that it’s us, the citizens, and not big tech-companies, who decide how our data is collected, stored and used? Is it possible to develop tools that enable individuals to collectively share personal information on their own terms? And if so, how do we design these tools?

  • Evgeny Morozov is a well-known writer and researcher from Belarus who studies political and social implications of technology. As publicist for The Guardian he has contributed many articles with critical views on the implications of technology on societal and political issues.
  • DECODE project coordinator Francesca Bria is Chief Technology and Digital Social Innovation officer at the municipality of Barcelona. She has a background in social science and innovation economics, a PhD from Imperial College, and an MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck.
  • Saskia Naafs is a journalist and researcher with a background in urban sociology. She is specialised in urban development, spatial planning, climate adaptation, housing, real estate, and city life in general. As an investigative journalist, she frequently writes for the weekly De Groene Amsterdammer. She recently published an article on the risks of privacy violations by municipalities that position themselves as a ‘smart city’ (Dutch only).
  • Fabrizio Sestini is Senior Expert (Advisor) in Digital Social Innovation within the unit “Net Innovation” of DG CONNECT of the European Commission. He is leading the team managing the multidisciplinary initiative “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation”, which aims at stimulating bottom-up innovative ideas for collaborative platforms to include citizens, grassroots organisations and civil society in participatory social innovation processes.
  • Jaap-Henk Hoepman is associate professor in the Digital Security group at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen, and principal scientist of the Privacy & Identity Lab. He is also an associate professor in the Law & IT department at the University of Groningen. His main research interests are privacy by design, privacy-friendly protocols for identity management and the Internet of Things.
  • Caroline Nevejan (moderator) is the Chief Scientific Officer of Amsterdam. She is a researcher and designer who has been involved with the emerging network society and digital culture since the 1980’s. Nevejan is a regular presenter at national and international fora. She is an advisor to national and European policymakers.



DECODE is a 3-year project, funded by the European Commission, providing tools that put individuals in control of whether they keep their personal data private or share it for the public good. It’s a crucial project for the European Commission to protect the data and online identity of its citizens and in protecting their sovereignty.

By looking at various initiatives from the European DECODE project, we challenge you to look at data from a different perspective this evening: not as commodities, but as part of the commons. How can you use your data to benefit the city you live in? Four inspiring speakers will shine their light on this topic.

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DECODE has many European project partners, and Amsterdam is represented by Dyne, the City of Amsterdam and Waag Society. DECODE is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme, under grant agreement number 732546.

This event is in English
Wednesday 31 Jan, 20.00
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