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Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Amsterdam and Barcelona are trialling an alternative model. Dubbed DECODE(DEcentralised Citizen-owned Data Ecosystems), it will allow people to decide which applications, platforms and tools can access their information, and allow governments and the private sector to use it for the common good

Monday 21st May 2018

Rather than focus on technology and its challenges, it is important to first build on citizen needs, which can in turn lead to technological solutions, argues Francesca Bria at the AI for Global Good Summit in Vienna, 2018

Friday 18th May 2018

Wired magazine profiles how DECODE is part of how Barcelona City Council has taken on surveillance capitalism

Thursday 5th April 2018

DECODE coordinator Francesca Bria writes in the Guardian that Silicon Valley’s surveillance capitalism isn’t working. But Barcelona shows that citizens’ data can generate public value

Tuesday 27th March 2018

Nesta's Theo Bass, researcher on the DECODE project, sets out four practical alternatives for getting back control of your digital life

Sunday 25th March 2018

“It’s becoming evident to many more people that business models relying on the collection and commercial exploitation of personal data are deeply broken,” says Francesca Bria, co-ordinator for Decode

Thursday 22nd February 2018

Public Sector Executive profile Barcelona's efforts to put citizen's at the forefront of their smart city, including through giving them control of their personal data through the DECODE project

Wednesday 20th December 2017

In this interview with Forbes Austria, DECODE coordinator argues that we need to rethink the smart city agenda, starting by putting citizens first

Thursday 14th December 2017

The Financial Times' Innovation Editor, John Thornhill, discusses the DECODE project in the context of creating a more plural digital economy

Wednesday 25th October 2017

Francesca Bria, DECODE Project Lead and Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer of the City of Barcelona, spoke to John Thornhill, the Financial Times's Innovation Editor, about how DECODE is empowering citizens to take control of their data. 

Listen to the podcast, part of the Financial Times's Tech Tonic series, 26 minutes) here.

Monday 10th July 2017

In alphr, Francesca Bria - lead coordinator of DECODE and CTO of Barcelona City Council - sets out the aims of the projects and benefits to cities and citizens. 

Monday 26th June 2017

In El Periódico, Francesca Bria, DECODE lead coordinator and Denis Rojo director of discuss the project. 

Monday 5th June 2017

In CityMetric, Francesca Bria, DECODE lead coordinator and CTO of Barcelona City Council, sets out the need for a "new deal on data". 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017

BBC Click talks to Eddie Copeland and Francesca Bria from DECODE about accessing and sharing data from the big tech companies and realising the ambitions of the project.

Monday 22nd May 2017

In the New Scientist, Nesta's Tom Symons discusses the launch of DECODE. 

Tuesday 16th May 2017

New blockchain-based tools to change how we share information on the web