DECODE will develop and test new tools to give people control of their personal data in Barcelona and Amsterdam. These pilots will engage with and build an active, diverse community of people who are interested in using tools which give them control of their data.
One key reason cities and municipalities have so far failed to foster local alternatives to dominant internet services such as Uber or Airbnb is that they lack access to data. One of DECODE’s aims is to create local open and decentralised data platforms, where people can use data to guide meaningful decisions and actions.
All residents of Amsterdam and Barcelona are eligible to take part in the pilots. Pilots will take place in 2018.
The pilots will focus on three thematic areas
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to internet-connected devices that capture or generate information. The number of IoT devices is growing rapidly, with estimates that by 2020 there will be 20bn internet-connected devices. For individuals, these devices include mobile phones, sports wearables, home heating and kitchen appliances. For governments, this includes devices and sensors which capture information about a range of things, such as air quality, traffic, and activity in public spaces.
DECODE will develop decentralised systems which enable access to IoT devices with data owned by citizens. This will protect people’s data and privacy, but mean that we can collectively benefit from the insights provided by the data collected by IoT devices.
The sharing economy
The sharing economy involves using digital platforms to connect distributed groups of people to make better use of goods, skills and other resources. Examples could be sharing cars, spaces or power tools. It is also known as the collaborative economy.
The sharing economy typically uses digital platforms to connect people. In DECODE, we will be developing technology which means these platforms, or intermediaries, are no longer needed.
Open democracy refers to the ability to participate in various aspects of the democratic process. It ranges from providing transparency to citizens about government and political processes, to providing ways for people to actively participate in policy making and decision-making. This could include voting, contributing ideas, participate in the allocation of budget, or developing policies through deliberation with other citizens and officials.
Work is underway to find specific use cases for each pilot to focus on.