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May 27, 2021 @ 10:00 - 11:00


TRUST IN DATA? Why social innovation needs digital.

EUSES, Mannheim, Day 2  10-11 am CET

Sharing data – whether personal or not – is key to social innovation and digital competitiveness. Data processing innovation relates to Europe’s sustainable growth and digital jobs.  Before the internet era data collection was slow, top-down, and very little data was shared let alone queried.  The internet’s growth expands broadband access such that distributed computation happens in real time on connected devices near you.  Our web business model relies on voluntary sharing of data, when the world of internet and big data is a lot more centralized and extractive than it ever was. A few aggregators act as global online gateways to products, services and content; they capture most of the digital value chain. With Open Data and the GDPR, we all realize that data privacy, data ownership and data trust has social value above and beyond business as usual. Data governance matters to individuals as well as to society as a whole.  Social innovation requires maximising socio-economic benefits of ‘being connected’, whilst minimising the centralized control power over the web. Data asymmetries and mistrust is a growing threat to social innovation. Can we agree on our digital rights, common safety safeguards, prevention of identity theft, cybercrime, data breaches, manipulation and malware? Because digital inclusion won’t just happen by default.

  • Dr Loretta Anania, European Commission Next Generation Internet Unit, moderator
  • Dr Andrea Renda, Director, Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels, Belgium 
  • Sir Geoff Mulgan, Professor of Collective Intelligence, University College London, UK
  • Dr Michelangelo Secchi, Centre for Social Innovation, Coimbra, Portugal 
  • Prof. Elizabeth Maria Renieris, Director, Cybersecurity and Technology Ethics Lab, Harvard and Stanford Universities, USA 


May 27, 2021
10:00 - 11:00
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