The next NGI Salon is a workshop is in Rotterdam during Thingscon. As it is co-located I only have a limited number of free tickets.

13/11/2019 - 10:07

The next NGI Salon is a workshop is in Rotterdam during Thingscon. As it is co-located I only have a limited number of free tickets.

Workshop by Theo Veltman, Rainmaker Innovation/Program manager gemeente Amsterdam and Rob van Kranenburg (NGI Forward)

Thursday December 12, 14-16:30h
There is a discount.
Discount 20%

There will be a report shared on these lists.


In November 2020 NGI Forward will organize an Innovation Summit on Identity: From identity to identities. It will have three major themes: a New Democratic Deal, Smart contracts and provable computing and Disposable identities. The New Democratic Deal refers to new governance structure for a data driven world that has to include the identities and value of connected objects.  Provable computing refers to the work of in the EU project DECCODE ( in which virtual machines (computing power) is embedded in chips dispersed in critical locations in the network (application, router, base station...). Disposable identities are a key building block for moving away from the current business model of value extraction in closed ecosystem for shareholders. This leads to a growing opposition against the digital transition. Seamless connectivity accompanied with transparency in production processes and critical alignment of resource management with actual energy spending is a logical and necessary path in a globalized world that will see immense population growth alongside growing natural disasters.

Attached is a draft working paper on Disposable Identities that I hope you have a chance to read and send comments back to me and or the list.

The upcoming workshop in Amsterdam will focus on the New Democratic Deal:  An independent and open digital trust infrastructure, case study The Netherlands. How do we get there?

Identity is the terrain where battles over meaning and capabilities to built new services and infrastructure are fought.

Identity is now firmly harnessed in the agency of the nation state. The nation state has not existed forever. In a European perspective, It is widely accepted that the Treaty of Westphalia created the requirements and criteria for a national state to be conceived of and become a trusted framework to build institutions in and services that consisted of 'facts' (to be backed by the 'new normal'), data (chunks of information) widely shared in a common view of everyday life. This Treaty of Westphalia dates back to 1648. Identity as we know it, fixed on and to a person, instigated by Napoleons Code Civil of 1800, can be conceived of against the backdrop of this process of institutionalization within a nation state.

In 2019 we are all efficient users of this paradigm over 350 years. It has become like a second skin. It is very difficult for us to see the nation state not as an actor but as , as it has been able to make us believe, a neutral facilitator of terrain on which debate can happen and different issues can be resolved through its institutions. 

The key question of how to safeguard (digital) autonomy has no simple answer. The time to act is now. It is necessary to act ‘now’ in order to continue to make the most of the benefits of technology without jeopardizing individual autonomy. It would be wise to limit the monopoly position of large organizations, the digital platforms, and to strengthen the position of the individual, while this is still possible. This will require a concerted effort, including at the international level.

Read more:
Data makes the world go round; Proposal for research into three policy instruments designed to strengthen (digital) autonomy
Essay collection
Appropriate use of data in public space
From dialogue groups to new policy proposals



In the DECODE Symposium in Turin there was a very interesting proposal. Check it out!

Simon Descarpentries is a decentralized press search engine, that you can install as a Firefox addon. It lets you search the press from your computer, with no middlemen between the newspapers and you, and discover millions of results within seconds.  You can then explore the last results of each newspapers, filter them, select them and export them.

It allows NGOs to build their press review in a few clicks, selecting and exporting (in RSS or ATOM) the results mentionning them.

It's a FLOSS project, with already 10% of the known sources contributed by users.

The v1.0 is online since 2 weeks (after 2 years of developpement), and Mozilla counts already 250+ daily users (300+ last week).

More info on the official website :