DECODE Project - Symposium 2019

Turin, 1 November 2019


Our Data, Our Future: Radical Tech for a Democratic Digital Society

DECODE is an ambitious EU project with 14 high level partners that aims to advance the cause of decentralised, rights-preserving and privacy-enhancing digital infrastructures that put individuals in control of their data while enabling them to share it for the common good. DECODE focuses
its research and development effort on novel notions of digital sovereignty and data commons, aspiring to see them implemented in new EU policies.

The theme of the 2019 DECODE Symposium is Our Data, Our Future: Radical Tech for a Democratic Digital Society. It will focus on constructing viable democratic alternatives to the Big Tech. The Symposium will discuss the benefit of decentralized and privacy preserving technologies as alternatives against the digital economy’s tendencies towards centralization and monopolization. After reviewing the most promising and impactful of such technologies on Day 1, the symposium will dedicate Day 2 to discussing how such projects could fit into the broader context of Europe’s efforts to protect fundamental rights of its citizens and restore its economic and technological sovereignty. The event will discuss issues that range from antitrust, competition law, the geopolitics of Finth, democratic control
over AI and platforms, and also how a Smart Green New Deal would look like today.

Amongst the main speakers of this year's symposium the writer Evgeny Morozov, former CTO of Barcelona and founder of the DECODE project Francesca Bria, Nesta CEO Geoff Mulgan, the author of best selling book Postcapitalism Paul Mason, the artist and founder of DIEM25 with Yanis Varoufakis Brian Eno, Ann Pettifor, the main economic advisor to the UK about party and author of The Green New Deal, Harvard Law Professor Roberto Unger; Jen Robinson the main lawyer of Julian Assange, Robert Kockett, the main advisor to Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez on the Green New Deal....

This event is curated by Francesca Bria and Evgeny Morozov, and is brought to you by the City of Turin, the Festival of Tecnologia, Lavazza, New Institut and TopIX. Workshops are being curated by Dyne.

Conference Program

Day One: November 5th 2019


8.30 - 9.30

Registration and refreshments: Main chair for the day: Geoff Mulgan, Nesta

9.30 – 9.45

Welcome and opening:

  • Francesca Bria, DECODE
  • Olivier Bringer, European Commission
  • Paola Pisano, Italian Minister of Innovation
  • Valeria Portale, Blockchain Observatory, Politecnico Milano
  • Marco Zappalorto, Nesta
9.45 – 10.00

Blockchains for Social Good: First results from the EU prize and related initiatives:

  • Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission

13.30 – 14.15

Panel: Blockchains, DLTs and Privacy-Enhancing Technology for the Common Good:

  • Olivier Bringer, European Commission
  • Marco Bellezza, Presidency
    of the Italian Council of Ministers
  • Denis Roio,
  • Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Ocean
  • Valeria Portale, Blockchain Observatory, Politecnico Milano
  • Chair: Anna Masera, La Stampa

11.00 – 11.15

The DECODE Ecosystem - Tools for Citizens’ Data Sovereignty

  • Denis Roio
  • Oleguer Sagarra, Dribia
  • Pablo Aragon, Eurecat

11.15 – 11.30

DLTs and Blockchain-based EU Project Pitches

11.30 – 12.00

Refreshments, networking and exploring the showcase

12.00 – 13.30

A New Deal on Data: Towards Viable Solutions:

  • Regis Chatellier, Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés
  • Maria Savona, Sussex University Lorena
  • Jaume-Palasi, Algorithm Watch Neil Lawrence, University of Sheffield
  • Mara Balestrini, Ideas for Change
  • Chair: Javier Ruiz, Open Rights Group

13.30 – 15.00

Lunch break, networking and exploring the showcase

15.00 – 16.00

The Role of STARTS (Science, Tech and the Arts) for a Human-centric Digital Future

  • Holly Herndon, Musician
  • Mar Santamaria, 300000 kms (winner STARTS Prize 2019)
  • Ciro Cattuto, ISI Foundation
  • Christopher Roth, Film-maker
  • Chair: Ralph Dum, European Commission

16.00 – 17.00

Europe’s Digital Sovereignty: How Do We Get There?

  • Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of Internet of Things Council
  • Dan Hill, Vinnova
  • Andrea Fumagalli, Università di Pavia
  • Yasmine Fage, Entrepreneur Goggo Network
  • Caroline Nevejan, City of Amsterdam
  • Chair: Katja Bego, Nesta

17.00 – 18.00

Networking and exploring the showcase

18.00 – 19.30

The Evening Debate: The Future of Press Freedom

  • Jen Robinson, Human Rights Lawyer
  • Joseph Farrel, Centre for Investigative Journalism, Wikileaks Ambassador
  • Stefania Maurizi, Journalist Repubblica
  • Geoffroy de Lagasnerie, Philosopher
  • Chair: Renata Avila, Fundación Ciudadanía Inteligente

Day Two: November 6th 2019


09.00 – 10.00

Registration and breakfast

  • Main Chair for the day: Barbara Carfagna, RAI

10.00 – 10.15

Welcoming remarks

10.15 – 10.30

Setting the Scene: Our Technological Future Beyond Techno-Nationalism and Techno- Globalism

  • Evgeny Morozov, Author

10.30 – 12.00

Democratizing Money vs. Centralizing Control: The Geopolitics of Fintech

  • Izabella Kaminska, Financial Times
  • Brett Scott, Author Hacking the Future of Money
  • Kevin Donovan, University of Edinburgh
  • Massimo Amato, Bocconi University
  • Rohan Grey, Digital Fiat Currency Institute
  • Chair: Barbara Carfagna, Journalist RAI TV

12.00 – 14.00

Lunch break, networking and exploring the showcase

14.00 – 15.30

Big Tech in Crisis: Policy Responses on Competition and Data Sovereignty

  • Paul Nemitz, European Commission, DG Justice
  • Paolo Ciocca, Consob
  • Tommaso Valletti, Imperial College, Chief Economist DG Competition
  • Alexey Ivanov, Skolkovo-HSE Institute for Law and Development
  • James Meadway, Economist
  • Chair: Francesca Bria, DECODE

15.30 – 16.00

Reconquering digital sovereignty: DECODE and beyond

16.00 – 17.30

Putting Data, Platforms and AI under Democratic Control

  • Paul Mason, Journalist and Author
  • Geoff Mulgan, CEO Nesta
  • Bruce Sterling, Writer
  • Amelia Andersdotter, Article19 (former EU MEPs)
  • Juan Carlos de Martin, Nexa-Politecnico di Torino
  • Edoardo Reviglio, Chief economist Cassa Depositi e Prestiti
  • Chair: Luca De Biase, Sole 24 Ore

17.00 – 18.00

Refreshments and networking

18.00 – 19.30

Democratizing the Knowledge Economy in the Times of the Green New Deal
An interview with: Roberto Unger, Harvard University

  • Robert C. Hockett, Cornell University, Advisor of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the Green New Deal
  • Ann Pettifor, Author of The Green New Deal
  • Brian Eno, Artist
  • Francesca Bria, DECODE
  • Evgeny Morozov, Author
  • Chair: John Thornhill, Financial Times

19.30 - 20.00


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