Zenroom's implementation of BDD (Behavior-driven development) makes smart contracts accessible to non-programmers by allowing those to be written in natural language (read: "plain English"). Smart contracts enable events (such as payments or voting) to be automatically triggered, based on scripted conditions (such as a predefined event, or a GDPR-compliant digital authorization), storing data on a tamper-proof Blockchain.
In this short blog post, I will outline our first design – for an electronic petitions site – and use it to illustrate the technologies underlying DECODE privacy controls, as well as the architectures that enable this vision.
DECODE is a fourteen-partner project which aims to understand new types of social value that are generated when people are given the ability to control and share personal data on their terms. It aims to create tools that allow people to flexibly decide who is able to access personal data, and for what purposes
Without data commons at the service of the institutions, the market and society, the collaborative economy ecosystem is hard to sustain and risks drifting towards a horizon of disempowering and extractive impacts, with consequences in many fields. We analyse the implications of data policies, focusing on public policies and research, and including access to these and citizen participation.
The collaborative economy – the collaborative consumption and production of capital and work between distributed groups that interact with the support of a digital platform – is growing rapidly and exponentially, becoming a matter of interest and a priority for governments around the world. In addition, it is creating greater expectations of sustainability for its potential to contribute to the sustainable development of society, a paradigm shift towards a more humane model.
One further step into our journey committed to building tools that enable the creation of a City Data Commons
The BarcelonaNow dashboard was presented by Eurecat’s Data Science and Big Data Analytics team as a demonstration entitled “BarcelonaNow: Empowering Citizens with Interactive Dashboards for Urban Data Exploration” at “The Web Conference 2018” (former WWW), held on 23-27 April 2018 in Lyon (France).
In his 2015 talk Haunted By Data, Maciej Ceglowski convincingly argued the case that a lot of the way companies talk about personal or aggregated personal data is almost exactly wrong; rather than thinking about it as a pristine resource that flows in limpid streams, is pooled in data lakes, and then stored in the cloud; it's much more sensible to think about it as toxic waste or radioactive material that we don't yet know how to handle.
The role of data in the current digitally soaked society is so important that data has been repeatedly defined in several and different spheres as the new oil, a new factor of production, and the currency of today's digital market. 90 per cent of the data present in the world today has been created in the last two years and this huge amount is expected to grow by 40 per cent annually over the next decade, a forecast consistent with the diffusion of smartphone usage and the expansion of the Internet of Things ecosystem.
Imagine a city authority that aims to strengthen citizen participation through transparent petitions, or intends to involve citizens in pollution- and noise-control programs, making people more conscious about health data and the environment. In these cases, we have many actors – citizens, cities, civic organizations, businesses, and communities – that need to make use of technology in order to deploy a service, share information, or control data and activities’ results.
Mirko Marras, Matteo Manca and David Laniado from Eurecat introduce the visualisations they're developing to use open and citizen-generated data for public good.
Waag Society's Job Spierings and Max Kortlander explore how DECODE is building an alternative vision to our current data models.
Analytical framework of the democratic and procommons qualities of collaborative economy organizations
A short review of Visual Programming Languages
For many years it’s been a cliche to claim that information or data are the new oil. This fits well for the purposes of commodifying and selling data, but the analogy poorly matches data’s core properties. Oil is a scarce physical resource. Data and information by contrast can be replicated without limit and often become more valuable the more they are shared.
Through pilots in Barcelona and Amsterdam, DECODE will be showcase and test a variety of potential use cases for the technology
For the DECODE project we performed an initial study to chart the initial privacy requirements for DECODE and how they could be addressed in the DECODE architecture. As a point of departure we took the Privacy Design Strategies that we developed several years ago. These strategies translate
the soft legal norms into more concrete design requirements that engineers understand.
This post offers some thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of blockchain technology, with particular reference to the DECODE project. DECODE is a pan-European effort to research and pilot new approaches to how people manage their personal data. Here I’ll describe what a blockchain is, why blockchains are relevant to personal data management, and what difficulties might arise as the technology becomes implemented more widely.
The team at UCL introduce their role in DECODE building a scalable distributed ledger
Nesta's research workshop considered plausible future scenarios for the personal data economy. This blog offers an overview of the discussion.
Our new project DECODE aims to give people better control of their personal data.