DEcentralised Citizen Owned Data Ecosystem
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DDDC Pilot, Barcelona

In April DECODE’s Digital Democracy and Data Commons (DDDC) pilot finished a 6 month participatory process with two objectives: on the one hand, to test a new technology that will increase data sovereignty in the petitions function of the participatory democracy software Decidim; on the other, to articulate a debate on the data politics of the future, culminating in a Data Commons Manifesto, open for online discussion until the end of 2019. You watch the live stream from the final event (subtitles in Spanish), and read a synthesis of the pilot here

Internet of Things Pilot, Barcelona

The DECODE Internet of Things pilots have been busy hosting workshops with our target communities. These included co-creation sessions where people created a Future Newspaper “DECODE News 2020” to design a citizen science campaign. The next planned workshop will be focused on teaching users how to deploy their sensors and protect data with DECODE tech.

Claim Verification 18+ Pilot, Amsterdam

With our Claim Verification 18+ pilot, the City of Amsterdam prototyped a Passport Box and mobile web app that allow users to upload passport data from the RFID-chip (inside the physical passport) onto their phone. A physical box scans the passport’s chip, and then creates a QR code that the phone can scan using the DECODE web app. Also see our new deliverable, which provides an overview of all remaining pilot activities in Amsterdam in store for 2019.

Tech Update

Our devs have reached an important milestone, running the Digital Democracy and Data Commons petition on top of DECODE tech, using Zenroom and the Coconut crypto scheme using end-to-end encryption and a new native mobile app. We are now applying similar privacy by design principles to power the BCNNow dashboard. All this happening in a few months, demonstrating how easy is to customise and deploy DECODE's modular stack for different scenarios


Algorithmic sovereignty

Algorithms have an enormous power on those whom are treated like users:  they can inflict injustice, induce affective and psychological breakdowns as well as exploit their labour. In this blog, Jaromil - CTO and co-founder of - outlines the problems we face and some potential solutions. The piece is a shorter, adapted version of a chapter published in the new book A Vision for Europe.
Ola Bini update
Recently DECODE Advisory Board member Ola Bini was detained in Ecuador. There is concern about the circumstances of his arrest. Find out more.
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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