Data Sovereignty Now coalition supports EU leaders’ call to do more and move faster based on a concrete roadmap

Earlier this week, four EU leaders issued a strong call to the European Commission to make Europe ‘digitally sovereign’ as soon as possible. The Data Sovereignty Now (DSN) coalition agrees with these EU leaders that the European Commission needs to do more and move faster to achieve digital sovereignty. The letter, which was signed by the German…

Data leak at Dutch health authority highlights benefits of decentralisation and data sovereignty

The personal data of potentially thousands of Dutch citizens has been stolen from the computer systems of the GGD, the Netherlands’ health authority responsible for the country's coronavirus test-and-trace programme. Unfortunately, this is not a one-off incident; there has been a rapid rise in the number of cases of data leaks and data-related fraud in…

Ultimatum by Google and Facebook underlines the necessity of data sovereignty

Google and Facebook are threatening to either withdraw their services from Australia or to stop linking to news articles there in a reaction to the country’s proposed News Media Bargaining Code, which is aimed at restoring the balance of power between Australian media outlets and digital platforms. In effect, the two tech giants have given the…

Meeco accelerates data sovereignty in media sector

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DSN coalition member Meeco has been selected by MediaMotorEurope to join their accelerator and mentorship programme to help solve some of the big challenges in today’s media world, including enabling data sovereignty. Meeco is at the forefront of developing and deploying decentralised identity and personal data wallets. This capability paves the way for the development of permission-based digital profiles, for…

New Coalition Launches Campaign for Data Sovereignty Now

Group Urges Policy Makers on Data Sovereignty in EU Data Strategy Today, a coalition of leading Europe-based technology companies, research institutions and not-for-profit organizations announced the launch of Data Sovereignty Now (DSN), a campaign that will press European policy makers at all levels to ensure that control of data remains in the hands of the…

‘When you invent the ship, you invent the shipwreck’

In this edition of the Data Sharing Journal, INNOPAY's Mariane ter Veen discusses data sovereignty with Katryna Dow, founder and CEO of Meeco. Katryna believes that it is vital for the future of the internet that people and organisations obtain control of their data. This concept is called ‘data sovereignty’, but achieving that means rethinking…

WhatsApp illustrates the urgent need for data sovereignty

The recent Terms of Service update by WhatsApp has revealed the true colours of the Facebook-owned messenger service. In effect, it gives the service’s approximately 400 million users in India an ultimatum – they must either agree to share their personal data with the social network or delete their accounts. In other words: accept the spyware or you’re out.…

European adoption track will re-enforce accomplishment of data goals in the Dutch logistics sector

iSHARE has formed a new partnership with FIWARE and FundingBox to form the i4Trust initiative. Together, these three organisations will provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across various sectors and locations in Europe with the tools, coaching, mentoring and financial support needed for the creation of so-called data spaces.  This will facilitate effective, trust-based data…

Are we sharing enough data?

The world is rapidly digitalizing, and the deployment of data offers many opportunities for economic development, achieving sustainability and a better quality of life. There are, however, considerable concerns about the misuse of (personal) data and undesirable outcomes of unbridled use of data. These concerns are legitimate, but we’re also running the risk of becoming…

EU Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act – ‘traffic lights’ are a positive step, but what about the soft infrastructure?

This month, the European Commission (EC) took yet another step in shaping Europe’s digital future. It has announced plans to upgrade the rules governing digital services with two legislative initiatives: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This detailed regulation will serve as a kind of “traffic light” system for the…