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DECODE presents

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 2018, 20.00
wo 31 jan 2018, 20.00
Grote zaal

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? In light of the European DECODE project, a variety of (inter)national speakers explore the data commons, and the ways in which citizens can use their own data to benefit the city they live in.

  • The event is opened by the writer and researcher from Belarus, Evgeny Morozov. Why should we discuss this concept of the data commons? And why now?
  • After, Ger Baron (CTO, Municipality of Amsterdam), Saskia Naafs (journalist/researcher of smart cities), Jaap Henk Hoepman (Privacy & Identity Lab) and Francesca Bria (CTO, Municipality of Barcelona) will take part in a round table discussion on how to design a democratic digital city.
  • In the second part of the evening, Fabricio Sestini (Senior Expert for the DG CONNECT of the European Commission) offers an European policy perspective, while Douwe Leguit (programmanager at the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs) offers a national perspective.
  • The representatives of six local political parties (VVD, PvdA, SP, GroenLinks, D66 and De Piratenpartij) will have a round table discussion on data commons and the city of Amsterdam.
  • The last word is Evgeny Morozov‘s, who will offer a reflection on the evening.



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?

© EU

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 2018, 20.00
Grote zaal
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