PublicSpaces / Conference

Digital Commons to Realise Europe's Digital Ambitions

Panel - How should the EU invest in public digital infrastructures and tools?

June 06 16:20 - 17:30 @
Grote Zaal

Language: English. šŸŒ¶ļø

Watch now

If Europe wants to be digitally sovereign, its digital infrastructures need to be based on common, public values. To achieve this, Europe needs to invest differently. But is there an appetite for that in Europe? Or are European citizens happy with what Big Tech is currently providing? And if Europe invests heavily, what and how should it invest in public digital infrastructures and tools?

In this panel, weā€™ll hear from the citizen movement ā€˜People vs Big Techā€™ that unites millions of Europeans demanding different kinds of technologies. Weā€™ll explore how current programmes are paving the way for digital commons initiatives as an approach that can safeguard public values. Such as the initiative openDesk, led by the German Center for Digital Sovereignty of the Public Administration (ZenDiS), that works on a sovereign workspace for all based on modern, powerful, and scalable open-source solutions. Weā€™ll discuss how the Dutch ministry of interior affairs is putting the concept of digital commons into practice, both nationally and via international collaborations. 

The panel will be moderated by Paul Keller.