Data Sovereignty Now’s contribution to the EU Data Act

In this document, as the member organisations of the Data Sovereignty Now (DSN) campaign, we outline our input for the Data Act. We welcome the Data Act and applaud the fact that it marks the first time that data sovereignty is being included in EU regulation, giving people and organisations control over the data they…

Digital Markets Acts: a promising step towards a more sustainable digital world

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On Thursday 24 March 2022, European Parliament and European Council negotiators agreed on how the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) will look. The DMA will focus on limiting the market power of big online platforms and giving consumers more control over their data. Interoperability of messaging apps One of the important innovations of the DMA…

Digital sustainability: What is it? And why does it matter?

Meeco is a tech company from Australia with operations in Europe, and co-founder of the Data Sovereignty Now campaign. The company’s products are used by data custodians to give users control over their data. We asked Katryna Dow, founder and CEO of Meeco, to share her views on digital sustainability. "MAKING THE DATA OWNERS DIRECTLY…

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…

Why We Need a Data Exchange Board to Improve the EU Data Governance Act

In this blog, aNewGovernance, iSHARE, INNOPAY, International Data Spaces Association, Meeco, MyData Global, SITRA and The Chain Never Stops -  eight organisations of the Data Sovereignty Now movement – explain why the recently published proposal for the EU Data Governance Act is a very good step forward. They also outline their suggestions for further elaboration in order to accelerate the development of a governance framework that will…

A step closer to data sovereignty thanks to the Data Governance Act

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Today the EU Commission published its draft of the Data Governance Act. This piece of regulation is part of the data strategy as published on 19 February. The document includes several essential elements for data sovereignty: Citizens, businesses and public sector bodies should have control over their dataData and data spaces need to become interoperable across sectorsRecognition of…

The emergence of the decentralized stack

Many of the issues of the internet we encounter today, such as vendor lock-in, platform feudalism, large-scale internet black-outs, hacks or leaks, are in one way or another related to its increasingly centralized structure. On the one hand, governments are trying to reduce these risks through legislative measures and policies, on the other hand, computer scientists are looking into technical means that can help (re-)decentralize parts of the…