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The use of data in urban areas is becoming more and more important in reaching Sustainable Development Goal 11: making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. During this webinar, we will look at the world of the Urban Data in both the Netherlands and India.
3 speakers will teach us more about how to use urban data in the urban planning process. How do you manage data, and how do you standardise it? This webinar focuses on innovation in the field of Urban data. The speakers are:
Professor Inder Gopal, visiting professor – Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Indian Urban Data Exchange;
Mr Bert Beentjes, senior strategist at the Netherlands' Cadastre, Land Registry and Mapping Agency (Kadaster); and
Mr Albert Seubers, Director of Global Strategy Smart Cities at Atos and member of the Board of Directors of the FIWARE Foundation.
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Register for the accessing Urban Data webinar now! After registering, you will get more information.
This webinar is organized by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom relations, the Future City Foundation (Fiware) and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.
The EIT-KIC project CityFlows aims to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces through the use of Crowd Monitoring Decision Support Systems (CM-DSS) to manage pedestrian flows. In three partner cities, Amsterdam, Milan and Barcelona, the CityFlows project tests and evaluates various innovative crowd monitoring techniques in real-life settings where large crowds meet, such as mass events, tourist spaces and transfer hubs. The CityFlows project also prepares a CM-DSS for market launch which incorporates state-of-the-art monitoring techniques.
To facilitate knowledge exchange between project partners and stakeholders, the CityFlows project is hosting a webinar series. Through four, one hour webinars you will get insights from project partners and engage in a discussion with crowd-management researchers and practitioners.
During this first edition, project partners will share how they are repurposing crowd management tools to contribute to social distancing research and policy recommendations in times of corona. Crowd-management researchers and practitioners are encouraged to join this interactive webinar and to share their best practices and lessons learned.
CityFlows Webinar #1: Crowd management in times of corona
14:50 – 15:00 Zoom waiting room open
15:00 – 15:05 Welcome and introduction to CityFlows webinar series, Cornelia Dinca
15:05 – 15:20 Experience from Amsterdam, Eelco Thiellier, City of Amsterdam, Traffic & Public Space Department
15:20 – 15:35 Experience from Milan, Valentino Sevino, City of Milan, Environmental Mobility and Territory Agency (AMAT)
15:35 – 16:00 Q&A with audience
16:00 Program end
To join this webinar, please register in advance via: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclceqtqTopEtZ0cP35pYUMxda6Wu1wqDbK
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Save the date!
Three additional webinars are scheduled through the end of the year. Topics and speakers will be announced in September.
• Tuesday, October 6, 15:00-16:00 CET
• Tuesday, November 3, 15:00-16:00 CET
• Tuesday, December 1, 15:00-16:00 CET
Are you a practitioner or researcher working on a relevant crowd-management project and would like to share your work and findings with the CityFlows network? Send a short email explaining your project to CityFlows Communications Officer, Cornelia Dinca via email@example.com.
Amsterdam aims to be climate neutral by 2050. To achieve that, the City will work to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 55% from 1990 levels in 2030 and by 95% by 2050.
Want to know more about why Amsterdam joined AI4Cities and what solutions we are looking for?
Join us during our local webinar on the 20th of August and get some new insights:
- What is the project? (Anja Reimann, Projectleider AI4Cities, Gemeente Amsterdam)
- Why did Amsterdam join and what are our challenges? (Jan Duffhues, Innovatie & Stedelijke Ontwikkeling, Gemeente Amsterdam)
- Q&A - What questions do you have?
AI4Cities is a three-year EU-funded project bringing together leading European cities looking for artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to accelerate carbon neutrality. Helsinki (Finland), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark), Paris Region (France), Stavanger (Norway) and Tallinn (Estonia) are the six European cities and regions that want to ask suppliers to provide with AI solutions for mobility and energy challenges, that will ultimately contribute to reduce CO2 emissions and meet their climate commitments.
Through AI4Cities, the Buyers Group - Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris Region, Stavanger and Tallinn - will go through a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) process, an innovation procurement tool that enables the public sector to steer the development of new solutions (not- market-ready) directly towards its needs.
Product Up is a free online conference that is here to help you get the knowledge on what it takes to launch and grow your business! ➡️ https://bit.ly/SC-ProductUp2020
On October 29–30, find out what it means to find the perfect product, engage a buying audience, recruit the team to make it happen and go global, all at Product Up!
Product Up isn't your standard online conference. We want to bring the theatre to YOU and teleport you to a real offline conference atmosphere from the comfort of your own home!
Be a part of our debut on the largest stage and screen in Amsterdam and witness talks, real keynotes, and authentic fireside chats with the greatest entrepreneurial minds on the Dutch and international markets.
We’ll have talks from leaders from Deliveroo, Polarsteps, Picnic, NewMotion, GrowthTribe, What3words, WeAreKeen, PRLab, and many more! Check the lineup at http://bit.ly/ProductUpConferenceLineup
Product Up is your conference, no matter your background or skills, this is the growth event for you!
'The early focus on contact tracing apps for covid-19 was understandable: a vaccine is still many months away, assuming we can even find one that will work. Apps stepped into the breach as a potential panacea—even though many insiders have consistently argued that they are only one of a number of tools we have to fight the virus.'
And are they working? Will people use it? The article shows that France and Australia have some struggles in making the technology work while also trying to get people adopt the app. Eventually, technology will work. Success is however dependent on the willingness of usage by the people.
Join the discussion!
Are you interested in the Dutch plans for a covid-19 contact tracing app? What kind of ideas do they have to enthuse people to use the CoronaMelder? Or would you like to know how other cities and countries convinced people to use such technology? Join us on the 3rd of September 2020 in an online session! More info: https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/events/how-to-get-people-to-actually-use-contact-tracing
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The wait is almost over. On the 1st of September, the Netherlands will launch its own contact tracing app to combat COVID-19. In a few weeks time, all Dutch people will be able to use the Coronamelder. But, are people really waiting for this app? Usage is voluntary, however, it is often said that 60% of the population should use the app to ensure effectiveness. Will 60% of the Dutch install an app? What can the government and other stakeholders do to ensure high rates of adoption? And what lessons can we learn from other countries already using contact-tracing apps? Join the international exchange!
Amsterdam Smart City is organizing a Data Dilemmas event on this topic on the 3rd of September! More information can be found here: https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/events/how-to-get-people-to-actually-use-contact-tracing
Have you been involved in the development, testing or roll-out of a contact-tracing app for covid-19 and would you like to share you experience as a user or professional? Get in touch with Nancy via firstname.lastname@example.org with a short explanation on how you would like to contribute to the discussion!
How to successfully introduce contact tracing apps? Join the discussion!
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In smart city projects, technology is almost never the issue. Success is highly depended on whether people will actually need, use and understand technology. This also goes for the contact tracing apps! How important is the app for governments? How does the app help regular contact tracing? How does it put people in the center of technology? How have their contact-tracing apps been effective? What can your countries learn from each other? How important is it that people will use the app? And what strategies do governments have to enthuse people to use them?
A lot of things to discuss!
The Netherlands will soon launch its own contact tracing app to combat COVID-19. The ‘Coronamelder’ (Corona Reporter) is currently being tested in a beta version. In a few weeks time, all Dutch people will be able to use the Coronamelder. The app is said to play an important role in informing people when they have been directly exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Join us during the upcoming Data Dilemmas event on September 3!
Date: 3rd of September 2020
15.50: Digital walk-in
16.00 – 16.05: Introduction by Leonie van den Beuken, program director Amsterdam Smart City
16.05 – 16.45: Presentations + Q&A
- Ivo Jansch, developer of the CoronaMelder app at the Dutch Ministry of Health
- Hilleen Smeets, member of the prevention team at the Municipal Health Service (GGD) Amsterdam.
- Gar Mac Críosta - project manager/lead for the Irish Covid-Tracker-App at the Chief Information Office of Ireland Health Service
- Eivind Arvesen, previous member expert panel evaluating the Norwegian contact tracing app
- Hannes Grasegger - journalist from Switzerland
16.45 – 17.15: Plenary discussion and wrap-up
17.15 – 17.30: Digital drinks
About the Data Dilemmas series
The contact tracing app is an example that shows possibilities of data and new technologies for urban challenges are endless. We use data to make cities safer, cleaner and, for example, more accessible. But what happens to all the data that is collected? Which choices did people make and why? D**o we really need the data in all cases? Which dilemmas can be encountered? Which other considerations play a role? These questions are important for everyone; for governments, residents and companies. Amsterdam Smart City would like to explore with you which decisions are needed for responsible use of data. Data Dilemmas is a collaboration between Amsterdam Smart City and the City of Amsterdam’s Datalab.
One very exciting smart city initiative we’re working on is called ModelMe3D - a brand new city information modeling platform for future city makers. As a virtual white board, MM3D empowers designers and stakeholders to plan, collaborate & share. Since its entirely web based you can create your first project in seconds, and each scene comes with data rich 3D context of real city locations. Interested? Grab a sandwich and join us Friday 04 September @12:00 for a live demo here: https://bit.ly/MM3D_Webinar
Request below from the Dutch Embassy in Singapore
Background / Description
To develop, test-bed and commission advanced electricity meters capable of providing remote meter reading that is secure, reliable, and cost efficient. The advanced meter should be able to connect to a telecommunications company’s (“Telco”) Narrowband Internet-of-Things (“NB-IoT”) network, and GovTech’s Device Control and Data Acquisition (“DECADA”) platform as the Network Management System (“NMS”).
Currently, electricity meters are procured, installed and maintained by SP PowerGrid Ltd (“SPPG”) for and on behalf of SPPA. SP Services Ltd (“SPS”) reads electricity meters and bills consumers buying electricity from SPS and provides the consumption data to electricity retailers and the market operator.
There are two types of electricity meters. Cumulative meters, which are manually read by SPS’ meter readers on a bi-monthly basis, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (“AMI”) meters, which are remotely read using SPPA’s AMI system based on Wireless Smart Utility Network (“Wi-SUN”) technology.
To support the Government’s push for a singular network standard in Singapore for IoT sensors, EMA is working with other agencies to explore the feasibility of using NB-IoT network as the communication network for electricity AMI meters.
For detailed requirements and specifications, please refer to the Gov-PACT website here.
All proposals must be submitted via the Gov-PACT website by 29 Sep 2020, 2359hrs.
Briefing for Interested Participants and Additional Enquiries
Interested participants are required to attend an online briefing on 28 Jul, 3pm. Please email email@example.com with the particulars of the attendees by 24 Jul, 3pm.
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Ben je werkzaam bij de overheid en wil je jezelf in deze zomer bijspijkeren in de wereld van de digitalisering? Doe dan mee aan de webinarserie digitalisering en open the black box!
Digitale technologie dringt tot in de vezels van de samenleving door en roept vraagstukken op voor beleid en bestuur. Dat brengt kansen met zich mee voor doelmatiger en efficiënter bestuur, maar de praktijk is ook weerbarstig. Zoveel succesvolle oplossingen als er zijn ontwikkeld, zoveel projecten zijn er ook de mist in gegaan, met alle financiële en democratische gevolgen van dien. De vraag die dit oproept: onder welke omstandigheden levert een sterk gedigitaliseerde samenlevingkansen op voor democratisering, en onder welke omstandigheden wordt deze juist bedreigd?
In de vierdelige webinarserie van Waag, Interprovinciale Digitale Agenda (IDA), Provincie Utrecht en iBestuur bekijken we hoe de overheid grip op digitalisering kan krijgen en hoe rollen verschuiven. Deelnemers ‘zoomen uit’ vanuit voorbereide casuïstiek om hun rollen in de zich ontwikkelende informatiesamenleving te bespreken. Niet alleen de rol van de overheid, maar ook die van de bewoner wordt besproken.
Agenda & thema's
Toegang online omgeving: 09:45
Start programma: 10:00
Einde programma: 11:00
#1: De overheid als techbedrijf | Donderdag 30-07
#2: De mens in de machine? | Donderdag 13-08
#3: Participatie in de slimme, digitale samenleving | Donderdag 27-08
#4: Van datavoorwaarden naar datacommons | Donderdag 10-09
De thema’s die worden behandeld in de webinarserie bieden concrete voorbeelden en lessen voor bestuurders, raads- en statenleden en ambtenaren die hun perspectief op digitalisering en datagebruik willen verrijken en onderling de discussie willen aangaan. In de webinar gaan experts van Waag in gesprek met mensen werkzaam in of rond de overheid. Daarnaast worden deelnemers uitgenodigd te reageren op stellingen en vragen live in te sturen. De serie is niet bedoeld om details over technieken uit te lichten, maar om technische ontwikkelingen bestuurlijk, politiek en ambtelijk te kunnen wegen en kwalificeren.
Voorafgaand aan de webinars ontvangen deelnemers alle informatie rond de thema's en programma van de afleveringen. Op de donderdagochtend is de online ruimte open om 09:45 en begint de webinar om 10:00 uur.
What makes a city smart? Last Monday, the 29th of June 2020, the sixth edition of the Tech for Society series was launched in Pakhuis de Zwijger: a livestream series about the role of technology in a society that is currently under pressure of the COVID-19 crisis. The central theme of this edition: “the search for the real smart city”.
First up in this edition is Pallas Agterberg, Director of Strategy at Alliander and co-founder of Amsterdam Smart City. Pallas started her search for the real smart city by working on the energy system of the future: “With renewables new kind of questions are raised like: where do we produce, where is it needed and who are the ones using it. We have to encounter more than just the energy domain: the build environment, mobility, industry, etc. In which digitalization plays a crucial and central role.”
What kind of Smart City do we want to build? Is it inclusive or exclusive? Is it open or closed? Pallas: “We can build an open city for everyone or we can build a closed city for the happy few. With closed meaning that you can only participate if you meet certain criteria, something you see more often in the Middle East. In Europe it’s self-evident that we want to build open and inclusive cities, but in many other parts of the world it is not yet so.”.
A Smart City is a collaborative one
10 years ago, Amsterdam Smart City started with the Climate Street. The Utrechtsestraat was transformed into a sustainable shopping street where innovative technologies were tested with the local entrepreneurs. Palllas: “Smart energy meters were tested together with the entrepreneurs and residents of the street. The smart meter gave insight in their energy usage and showed what interventions lowered their usage. But most importantly, the questions raised by the entrepreneurs and residents in the Utrechtsestraat were mostly focused on privacy issues like: can someone hack the data and see if and when I’m home?”. It’s not just an energy project anymore, digitalization and privacy played a key role in the success or failure of this project. Furthermore, the testing with and the active participation of the local entrepreneurs and residents revealed clearly the cross-over between the privacy and energy domain. So this legitimizes early involvement and co-creating between different actors at an early stage. These kind of collaborations were still quite rare and unique at that time.
What is the essence of a Smart City? Pallas: “The essence of a Smart City is that you cannot do it alone. Smart means that you have to do it together. The big transformation issues we are facing today – whether it is in the energy sector, circular economy, digitalization or mobility field – cannot be solved alone.”.
Trees as Infrastructure
The second speaker of the evening is Joost Beunderman (Director of Dark Matter laboratories). Joost agrees with Pallas: “Now it’s more important than ever for Europe to be aware of its unique position and view on the open and inclusive Smart City.” He is currently involved with the ‘Trees as Infrastructure’ project: an open source model to support municipalities in transitioning towards resilient urban forest management practices. Joost: ity governments cannot do this alone, it requires a new institutional infrastructure. With Trees as Infrastructure there are two main themes: the investment side and the cultural side:
- In order to get things going on a large scale we need to attract many actors to invest in the urban forest (trees). But they need good reasoning before they can make a legitimized investment decision. Reasons could be: reducing air conditioning costs, positive health effects or combating climate extremes by heavy rainfalls. In order to prove the reasoning mentioned, technology (like censoring) and data is needed.
- There is also a cultural challenge in a city with much more greenery. There should be a new balance and relationship between residents and nature within the city. In Melbourne they experimented with giving each tree their own personal e-mail account and residents even ended up writing love letters to the trees with their appreciation.
But how can we ensure that these learnings can be scaled, shared and standardized?
Lessons learned by a technical philosopher for city officials
The last speaker of the livestream is Lotje Siffels (PhD candidate on technical philosophy). Her PhD is part of the ‘Digital Good’ project and investigates the googlization of health. Consumer tech companies are increasingly involved in the health domain. There is a trend of new kinds of collaborations between these companies and health researchers or physicians using big data to work towards more personalized and efficient health care. But this comes with a risk when thinking about our public values. What values do we want to incorporate? And how do we ensure that democratic participation remains feasible?
Lotje sums up her advice for city officials: “City governments must ensure knowledge development in the data sector within their office, should think about what values should be incorporated, what conditions & regulations are needed, have a plan in place to monitor this and make the process democratically.”
But how to keep our cities democratically governable? Pallas: “It shouldn’t be that complicated, but there are a number of steps to consider. In order to have an actual Smart City is to have an open and inclusive city. This means that we should be careful with data and the ownership of data, because this creates monopolies. If we don’t make the right agreements now, things can go wrong in the future.”
According to Amsterdam Smart City, the discussion of this evening is exactly the discussion that needs to take place. A Smart City is an open and inclusive city in which collaboration with all actors is key. Something we work on every day. Amsterdam Smart City always puts public value first: innovating together and transparent, using each other’s expertise, with the resident at the centre.
Do you want to watch the full episode? You can watch it here (in Dutch): <https://dezwijger.nl/programma/smart-cities-2>
Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab is pursuing the development of 'Amsterdam Drone Lab', an UAV operations testing facility located in the heart of the Amsterdam city centre. Here, drone applications such as structure inspections or medical transports could be tested within a dense metropolitan area under credible circumstances.
We currently gauge interest among drone operators for testing drone operations within the innercity of Amsterdam. Our premises will ideally feature a plateau to take off and land, a workshop to alter and recharge UAVs, and excellent facilities within close proximity.
For more information, and to submit ideas/input: https://www.living-lab.nl/dronelab
Testing medical certified body sensors to detect unexpected behaviour, triggering an alert, which allows the command & control room to act and better support their fellow officers in the field.
Blue Force Tracking - Nalta Experience #1
How to improve the protection and safety of the Dutch Blue Force using smart Technology?
Nalta built a new innovative Internet of Things solution solving just that. In partnership with the Netherlands Police, the municipality of Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff Arena, Dell Technologies and Dell Boomi we cre
Innovatie Manager Nationale Politie Mark Wiebes & Micha Rentier, Head Technology Lab bij ABN AMRO geven visie over innovatie en technologie.
Mark Wiebes, innovatiemanager bij de Nationale Politie, spreekt op 7 juli 2020 tussen 14.00-16.00 uur met andere Nederlandse innovatie experts. Wiebes bespreekt hoe met slimme oplossingen invulling kan worden gegeven aan de digitale transformatie en hoe de politie samenwerkt in het project "Digitale Perimeter" met de Gemeente Amsterdam & de JC Arena.
Micha Rentier, Head Technology Lab bij ABN AMRO zal bespreken hoe ABN AMRO werkt en aan welke innovaties er gewerkt wordt in het dataistic center van de bank. Denk daarbij aan het beschikbaar stellen van hun rekenkracht voor het oplossen van maatschappelijke uitdagingen zoals in de strijd tegen corona.
Deze webinar wordt een LIVE en interactieve sessie met interessante sprekers Mark Wiebes (innovatiemanager Nationale Politie), Micha Rentier (Head Technology Lab ABN AMRO), Janneke van den Heuvel (CEO Aura Aware), Peter Rake (Directeur 5Groningen) met als moderator Danny Frietman.
Registreer u via de volgende link voor dit GRATIS LIVE EVENT op 7 Juli 2020 van 14:00-16:00
Ever gone straight from work to Friday night drinks and had to carry your laptop to the bar? Perhaps you went from university to a sporting event and had to bring your heavy books? Yellowbox is a network of smart lockers you can hire on demand using your phone.
Located all over the city centre, the yellowbox app shows a live map of all yellowbox smart lockers near you. When you arrive at your locker you simply tap a button on your phone and the bluetooth smart locker pops open, and you can begin hiring your locker on demand.
Found in public spaces, beaches, leisure and aquatic centres, retail and entertainment venues, our goal is that if you are in the city centre, you are always within a 5 minute walk from your closest yellowbox.
Yellowbox smart lockers let visitors experience your venue hands-free while keeping their bags and jackets safe.
A Hands-free Customer Experience
Customers without physical burdens report a higher satisfaction rating
Drive Foot Traffic
Adding your property to the live Yellowbox map on the mobile app draws customers to your property
Increase Length of Stay
Peace of mind results in longer stays and increased spend
Brand your space as digital
Associate your development with being safe, relaxing, digital and innovative
- Full service - we provide full 24/7 in-app customer service so this will not add any extra workload to staff.
- Install anywhere - we have yellowboxes at the beach which is exposed to sun, wind and located outdoors. Because yellowboxes are battery powered, we do not need to consider power sockets when deciding on the installation location.
- Retrofit option - already have lockers at your location? Even better! We can easily retrofit your lockers and brand them as digital by replacing old locks with our yellowbox smart lock.
In sustainability studies the 'rebound effect' explains why people use clean devices such as smart heating longer – it is economical and clean so leaving it on won't hurt. As a result, one could end up using the same amount of energy as with your old, inefficient heating. But also in 5G, the rebound effect is expected to occur – both in ways related to sustainability and 'smartness'. Should we throw ourselves enthusiastically into 5G, without thinking about how we use our internet connections in the future? A mini essay by Socrates Schouten (in Dutch).
In our daily lives, we became dependent on just a few tech companies, usually located in the USA or in China. Should we become independent and develop our own tech sector? Last Friday, the 19th of June 2020, the fifth edition of the Tech for Society series was launched in Pakhuis de Zwijger: a livestream series about the role of technology in a society that is currently under pressure of the Covid-19 crisis. The central theme of this edition: ‘the European Tech Sector’.
Why is it so important to have a tech sector ‘of our own’? Sander van der Waal, Future Internet Lab Lead of Waag explains the role of technology. He uses the metaphor of an iceberg. At the top, there is the technology people see in their daily lives. Phones, wifi, internet, they are there and work fine. Beneath this citizen perspective are a lot of layers we can’t see. There is a technology stack, in which you’ll find the infrastructure, the internet cables, GPS, datacenters, operating systems and more. Below the stack you find the development process, the choices companies made. After that is the foundation. This is the part with assumptions, values and peoples’ rights. The figure shows that technology is a lot more than we think. It has a lot of layers and what to put in the layers, makes sense.
Zooming in on the stack, you can define three variations. 1: a private stack, dominated by tech companies driving by profit and the people as consumers. 2. A state stack, closed tech, dominated by states and surveillance of citizens. 3. A public stack, putting European values into practice, make technology open, with a participating role for citizens. Sander doesn’t think it is necessary to develop a European tech sector. There would be risk we would develop a European private sector and one can doubt if that is really a step ahead. Maybe a little one because we won’t be dependent on US companies, but in this case people still don’t play an active role.
The big five
The biggest companies we are depending on, are called the big five. Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft dominate the tech industry. Most of them collect our data and make them into a business model. According to Jochem de Groot, director Corporate Affairs, Microsoft does search for the societal debate about technology. They are talking about the public value of their technology. For example in AI, Microsoft calls for more rules and regulations. This way they also hope that it is easier for citizens to hold sovereignty. Microsoft also launched an open data campaign.
Sander: ‘Open data can be a step in the right direction. However, be careful with it. Data are often relatable to people. There is more open data available, but we have to be careful if we can find out to whom te data belong. Once leaked, data never go back. When it comes to tech, Europe is mostly known for the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation. This is a standard and also important in the USA. More current technological developments put the citizen central. And also the developments of open source are getting bigger. Open source helps to decrease the dependency of individual companies.’
Paul Tang is member of the European Parliament for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D). He just came back from a demonstration at the office of Facebook against personalized adds. In the European Parliament a majority says these personalized adds should be forbidden. Paul: ‘Someday this is should be a law, because the European Parliament has legislative power. Sometimes these decisions can take a long time, because of member states, lobby organizations and various interests. The good thing of this power, is the influence it has on Europe, but also on the rest of the world. However, sometimes I am shocked by all the work that still has to be done. We set up criteria for the usage of algorithms a while ago, but they are not yet put into practice. When it comes to the digital playing rules, we have a lot of work to do.’
Opportunities for Europe
If the lack of tech giants in Europe is an issue and we want to create a European tech sector as a solution to our dependency on American tech giants, are there developments going on that might be opportunities that might contribute to a European tech sector? ‘Quantumcomputing’, Jochem from Microsoft says. ‘Here we really have an opportunity to create an ecosystem and be unique. As Microsoft we would like the Dutch government to invest in this.’ According to Paul Tang, ‘the market for personalized data is fully dominated by the American giants. There are possibilities in the EU for non-personalized data. For example, in the Internet of Things. Bianca Wylie, open government advocate and Tech Reset Canada co-founder: ‘When I advise companies about their future, I always tell them to get away from behavioural data. Go for clean tech, robotics, infrastructure or health tech, but don’t make your business depend on the surveillance economy. Grow other sectors with an alternative vision.’
Bianca also spoke about the opportunities Covid-19 bring to the tech sector. ‘There is an opportunity but a threat as well’, she says. ‘We have to watch the emergency that is taking place now when it comes to procurement. Keep an eye on the democratic process. But this time is also an opportunity to get rid of the tech that is not successful but costs a lot. Check the existing infrastructure. Not working? Let it go! And value human capital. We need teachers, doctors, people who do contact tracing. Build tools that help them.’
Paul: ‘The personalized ads ask for the collection of more data. We have to ban this. I think that selling products is a different business model. It shows a clear relation between producer and consumer. The system in which the people give data, get free products with advertisements is vague and manipulative. Skip this business model and make space for new ones.’ Jochem (Microsoft) doesn’t want to comment on this, because this is mainly about his competitors. He does stress that is important to create space for a market in tech, there have to be possibilities to compete. The government has to set the framework. For example with GDPR. Values for AI could use such a framework as well.’
Data sovereignty is a long lasting wish of a lot of countries. GAIA-X could play a role in this. GAIA-X is an initiative by France and Germany to strengthen the digital sovereignty of Europe. It will make Europe less dependent on China and the USA. Sander is also critical: there is a risk of copying existing models. But we need a completely different data strategy, the system is no good.
About the steps we have to take, the three men agree: we need more influence of Europe, all from another angle. According to Paul, Europe has to win back soeverignty and call a halt to their development. Jochem wants European unity to become a powerful block that can set a framework. Sander: ‘Only with the cooperation in Europe we can build alternative data models’.
According to Amsterdam Smart City, the discussion of this evening is exactly the discussion that needs to take place. Collecting data is very useful to work on the challenges in our cities. But we have to be aware that these data are in the hands of the private sector. And that free usage comes with a price. Can we work on public values with the data? This asks for a collaboration between the public and
private sector, something we work on every day. Amsterdam Smart City always puts public value first: innovating together and transparent, using each other’s expertise, with the resident at the centre.
Do you want to watch the full episode? You can watch it here (in Dutch):
[##### Tech for Society #5: Waar is de Europese techsector?
Waarom zijn er geen Europese techreuzen meer?
Pakhuis de Zwijger](https://dezwijger.nl/programma/waar-is-de-europese-techsector)
The world is turned upside down since the corona crisis. This gives us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems? In this RESET series, Pakhuis de Zwijger will showcase the perspectives of a variety of thought leaders who will reflect on this present-day situation.
Marleen Stikker, director of Waag, is sharing her insights about the future of our digital information systems. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems? Together with Sander van der Waal of the Future Internet Lab at Waag, they debate how citizens should be more informed and get more involved with the ongoing digital revolution that takes place all around us. Later in the programme Bianca Wylie, Open Government advocate and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, joins in and talks on video about her recent experience with people getting involved in Toronto’s digital development plans. The panel is chaired by Jurgen, who makes sure some very important issues are discussed.
The system is broken
Marleen states that the current system doesn’t function properly, we must come up with other systems. All kind of technology is surveilling us. There is this idea you can solve any problem with technology, that technology is the solution. But look at the Corona crisis, an app cannot solve a problem. They collect all this information and trade privacy for technology. They try to take control over our lives, to control the data. But we have to decide about our privacy. We do not need all this tracing. It is a false trade off to say, ‘I have nothing to hide’. It’s wrong to give up privacy in return for technology.
Sander van de Waal joins in and explains that people need to get involved and get back their trust in technology. For this, it’s important to inform people and specially to help members of parliament get a better understanding about all this technology behind the digital roadmap. Compare it with an iceberg: we can only see the part above the surface. But what is happening underneath the surface? There are all kinds of technology layers underneath, hardware, backdoors, data, the whole stack. It is not just the app itself but underneath is a design process. Who is working on that? What is the foundation? Where are we optimising for? How are we going to gover in? And how are fundamental rights and values part of process? This should be implemented in the design from start. Look at surveillance: it is a business case for big Silicon Valley companies. The business models are built on collecting data and invading privacy. How can we avoid that? We should have an inclusive process.
Sander further explains the foundation beneath all this digital technology, the Technological Stack. With its many layers underneath the surface, this public stack has different layers that need to be understood by the public to be able to make the right decisions about data, privacy and who controls these processes.
Sander continues to explain the importance of all related data, metadata, and the use of algorithms. Who controls it? Same for the Protocols and Standards. Who decides? Next is Security. An increase in infrastructure also needs an increase in cybersecurity. The technology needs to be secure. Last is when we go again back to the surface, the part that is above the iceberg: the service itself. We should choose implementations that put the user at the centre. When we use a service, we should be able to look inside the black box. We should be able to see what goes on inside. The visible tip of the iceberg is the citizen perspective: the user experience. We can only get a grip on digitalization if we see the design as a collective responsibility. This is ourcall to action: people should be informed and be aware of the entire PUBLIC STACK.
Marleen then replies and points at the need for people to know what is going on and get involved. It’s important that we have a debate, make sure we have technologies that people can TRUST. Even politicians not always know enough about this structure.
Marleen continues: to have informed citizens. We need to make sure the technologies we use are safe and kept to standards. We spend a lot on IT, but we need to spend it differently, set standards to vendors to abide by public standards and spend research and innovation money ONLY if the technology is Open Source. The money should be invested in open, common space. It should not be invested in patents and intellectual property, but in a common good. Using public money to build a public internet. This whole movement for the next generation internet, is part of the 21st century economics. Where you move away from extractive economic models and move towards regenerative models. It is part of a much larger, sustainable development movement.
Tech Reset Canada
An example is how Bianca Wylie, Open Government Advocate and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada, mobilised citizens to oppose plans to let Google be in control of Toronto’s Smart City plans. Marleen and Sander then continue to discuss related topics like the lack of democratic oversight, how private companies usually have a goal of maximizing profits for just their shareholders, how private companies should not control public space.
So, the question is: How can we develop smart cities in a democratic way? People should be aware that they DO have collective power. Marleen’s greatest fear is that people forget that they have this power. I think we are at a critical time to rebuild our institutions. You do not need to be an activist, but act as a participant, a designer, step in and take your responsibility. In helping to define the future. Take for example the NHS ‘Corona’ app, which turns out to share collected data behind everyone’s back to the new data company of PayPal founder Peter Thiel. Isn’t this a real example of how NOT to trust your own institutions? Technology needs to be handled by trusted partners within the community. It needs to be well tested. What about misuse of collected data, even in a later stage? Who is watching? And then there is the issue of function creep: what was designed for just a temporary, single purpose use can later develop into something more, other uses, or over longer time then initially intended. Who controls this?
Do you want to watch the full livestream? Visit the website of Pakhuis de Zwijger: <https://dezwijger.nl/programma/from-now-on-according-to-marleen-stikker>
The discussion of this evening is exactly the discussion that needs to take place. Amsterdam Smart City beliefs in innovating openly and transparent, with always placing people and citizens central in our approach. We do this together with partners like Waag and Pakhuis de Zwijger, who have the expertise to not only engage but co-create with citizens.
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