NGI WP4 FORWARD SALON:ThingsCon 2019, Report

15/12/2019 - 10:57

ThingsCon 2019, 12 & 13 December; Rotterdam, the Netherlands. NGI Workshop on Trust-frameworks

‘If we are going to look for ways to build a better, more just, more dignified and respectful future, it is imperative that we consider governance mechanisms that can put communities and governments in positions of negotiating power with respect to optimization goals in the design of algorithmic systems. This implies identifying what data infrastructures must be owned or controlled by citizens, groups, communities and governments, what skills and expertise must be cultivated and what governance mechanisms must be put in place in order to be able to negotiate conditions of engagement with powerful platform economy actors. ‘ - Irina Shklovski (output from the session)

Workshop by Rob van Kranenburg (NGI Forward) and Theo Veltman, Rainmaker Innovation/Program manager, gemeente Amsterdam with Manon den Dunnen (strategic advisor Police Innovation) on Thursday December 12, 14-16:30h as part of the track ‘How to shape a responsible society’.[1]

The workshop consisted of two lightning talks and a general discussion of 25 participants (designers, civil servants from Ministries and City, artists, independent policy advisors and academia/Industrial Engineering). As this was organized in the Thingscon event large industry was largely absent or underrepresented[2]. The group did consist of several SME, self -employed designers, consultants and advisors. Of the twenty participants, 11 agreed to be added to the dedicated Identity mailing-list (bringing the total to 146).

 Workshop: digital trust infrastructure. An independent and open digital trust infrastructure, case study The Netherlands. How do we get there? 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


The next WP4 NGI FORWARD event will focus on Industrial Internet and related domain industry. 10th Living Bits and Things 2020 the leading digital transformation event in the central and east Europe (CEE) region, in Portorož, Slovenia. The event gives attendees current insights and understanding of the IoT – internet of things, AI – artificial intelligence, blockchain and digital transformation technologies. It brings up hot topics and future trends discussed during the event and challenging the professionals and experts from digital and traditional industries. 
 

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