DEcentralised Citizen Owned Data Ecosystem
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Welcome to the first DECODE newsletter of 2019! We're sending you this trimonthly newsletter because you've signed up to hear from us, either on the DECODE website or at one of our events. 

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Testing of the Passport Box in Amsterdam
  • Team members in Barcelona have been busy running workshops for the two pilots there, focusing on sharing personal IOT data, and on developing the governance framework for the data commons. Later in the spring, pilot participants will be experimenting with the DECODE technology to share data on their own terms.
  • In Amsterdam, team members have been showcasing some of DECODE’s cryptographic capabilities through the Passport Box. This application was displayed at an event at the Amsterdam Public Library in January.  This is a prototype, consisting of a passport scanner and a web-app. The passport box can be used to obtain personal attributes on someone’s phone. With the web app you can disclose and prove your own identity, without sharing more than necessary. More information about Waag’s Digital Identity Lab.
  • Various Dutch municipalities have also been piloting technology developed by DECODE partners at the Privacy and Identity Lab at Radboud University. The IRMA technology uses Attribute Based Credentials to allow people to verify identity attributes anonymously. The pilots have deployed this in areas such as e-democracy, mortgage applications and driving licenses.
  • In January, DECODE partnered with Nesta Italia and the DSI4EU project to run a Blockchain for Social Good Learning Academy, providing support for blockchain projects applying to the European Commission’s €5m Challenge Prize. Among a range of expert speakers, Puria from Dyne’s development team gave a presentation and technical support to potential applicants.

Tech Update

Dyne have published a blog about Zenroom, the first smart contracts engine that can be written in plain  English. Zenroom implements an interpreter of natural language based on BDD, making smart contracts look way more like the pen and paper contracts we are used to.

New Publications

We have published a number of new reports on our website, including reports on smart contracts, DECODE architecture and privacy design strategies.
  • Barcelona - DECODE’s pilots will continue with events, workshops and technology until around June. On the 1st of March, DECODE will host a debate on Data Commons and breaches in Surveillance Capitalism. The event will share views from activism, academia, technology and art about the the concept of the commons. It will draw links to a theoretical and political agenda, and explore the future of the data commons. Following that, Data Control Wars (March the 5th, 17:00-20:00) will use an experimental game to allow participants to confront issues of data control, and new technologies to manage this, approaching on the horizon.
  • Amsterdam - Over the next three months we will be implementing our Amsterdam pilots in partnership with Gebied Online (GO), a local, co-operatively owned social networking platform. DECODE will work with GO to integrate Attribute-Based Credential system IRMA, as well as testing a privacy-enhancing proof-of-residency feature. Contact for more information.
  • Amsterdam - Today (28th February) DECODE will be co-hosting the Data Union Fork event in Amsterdam with artist and hacker Lariza Blazic. During the workshop participants will be invited to explore collective bargaining in labour union tradition and its possible application to DECODE project concepts.
  • Paris - DECODE partner CNRS hosts a monthly seminar series "Le Commun entre travail et institutions" (the Common Between Work and Institutions). Upcoming seminars include Sebastien Rouxel discussing Blockchain and commons' institutions (13th March 2019) and Sandro Mezzadra and Emmanuel Renault discussing the commons between extraction and exploitation (10th April 2019). Events are held at the Maison de Sciences Economiques, 106-112 Bd. de l’Hôpital, Paris. Please contact the relevant event facilitator for more information.
  • Keep an eye on our twitter and events page for other DECODE events.
DECODE (DeCentralised Citizens Owned Data Ecosystem) is funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology, Net Futures, Administration and Finance, under Grant Agreement No. 732546.
DECODE is a project brought to you by (in alphabetical order): Arduino, City of Amsterdam, CNRS, Eurecat,, Institut Municipal d'Informàtica (IMI) Barcelona, Nesta, Nexa Center for Internet & Society, Privacy and Identity Lab, Thingful, Thoughtworks, UCL, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Waag.
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