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DECODE is an EU funded project to make tools that put people in control of whether they keep their personal information private or share it for the public good.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 732546.

What is the goal of the project?

Today’s Internet is becoming increasingly centralised, slowing innovation and challenging its potential to revolutionise society and the economy in a pluralistic manner. DECODE will develop practical alternatives through the creation, evaluation and demonstration of a distributed and open architecture for managing online identity, personal and other data, and collective governance in a citizen-friendly and privacy-aware fashion. Strong digital rights that makes it possible for data subjects to determine access rights to their information through flexible entitlements and open standard-based agreements regarding data governance (on the model of Creative Commons licenses) will be woven into the technological architecture.

Waag Society is responsible for pilots and open participatory innovation, as well as the Amsterdam pilots, design and management of open challenges, and the graphical interface design for DECODE OS and smart contracts. Furthermore it will assist in use case development, open ontology for data commons, smart rules, data analysis for citizen awareness and stakeholder engagement & co-creation methodologies.

What is the result of the project?

Exploring and piloting new technologies that give people more control over how they store, manage and use personal data generated online. We will test the technology we develop in two pilot sites Barcelona and Amsterdam) and will explore the social benefits of widespread open data commons.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

The DECODE project is a consortium of 14 partners from across Europe.
From Amsterdam the City of Amsterdam, and Waag Society are involved.
UCL, ThoughtWorks, Thingful, The Privacy and Identity Lab of Radboud University, Politecnico di Torino/Nexa, Open University of Catalonia, Nesta, Institut Municipal d'Informatica de Barcelona (IMI), Eurecat, CNRS and BCMI Labs.
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What is the next step?

In 2017, DECODE will begin with research and technical development to find the use cases for the pilots. There will be a range of user engagement exercises undertaken in Barcelona and Amsterdam to explore how DECODE can respond to identified citizen needs. Alongside this, the architecture of the technology will be developed and the first versions of the DECODE operating system. Other consortium members will be undertaking research to support the pilots.

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