How can individuals regain control of their personal data? And how can we align the digital world with public values that we foster in our society? This event showcases the valuable work that has been done by DECODE in both Amsterdam and Barcelona; and other initiatives that are fighting to reclaiming the digital space for public good, with a specific focus on Public Spaces. The speakers will share practical solutions for responsible data management, applications and lessons learned.
Today’s Internet is becoming increasingly centralized, slowing innovation and challenging the development of our society and economy in an inclusive and pluralistic manner. This negative trend has being acknowledged more and more.
The momentum is there: attention from media, tech-developers, politicians and policy makers for the risks and negative consequences of current technology solutions is growing. That is why we want to seize the moment and push for better and stricter regulations, the development of fair and open technologies as well as the awareness of the public for what’s at stake.
DECODE develops practical alternatives through the creation, evaluation and demonstration of a distributed and open architecture for managing online identity, personal and other data, and collective governance in a citizen-friendly and privacy-aware fashion. Strong digital rights that makes it possible for data subjects to determine access rights to their information through flexible entitlements and open standard-based agreements regarding data governance (on the model of Creative Commons licenses) will be woven into the technological architecture.
PublicSpaces is committed to providing an alternative software ecosystem that serves the common interest and does not seek profit. In 2018 — almost thirty years after the invention of the World Wide Web — many essential applications on the internet, while being indispensable tools in our lives as economic and social citizens, have turned into vehicles for political control and economic profit. In these essential applications, citizens are no longer subjects, but objects. The members and initiators of Public Spaces share a common view that an alternative is necessary and are reimagining the internet as a public space. Therefore they formed a coalition to design a new platform for social interaction, where users are not viewed as exploitable assets or data sources, but as equal partners that share a common public interest.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 732546.