Revisiting Digital Governance

Society at large can only reap the benefits of digitalization if it succeeds in promoting economic, social and political progress. The Global Solutions Initiative has therefore set itself the goal of actively advancing the debate on digital governance and developing proposals in close cooperation between research, business and politics that will lead to a comprehensive reorientation of the digital space in the spirit of recoupling.

Together with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection, a comprehensive discourse has been initiated that aims at maintaining the benefits of the digital world while recoupling the technological advances with economic and social progress. 

The underlying vision for revisiting digital governance is a future in which: 

  1. Digital property rights are strengthened. Users must be in full control of their individual data. Access to and control of common data is redistributed.
  2. Economic innovation is facilitated and competition in online markets enriched by applying anti-trust regulation.
  3. No company or institution holds key information on an individual without that person’s knowledge and consent.
  4. Economic, social or political manipulation will be illegal and auditable.
  5. Basic human rights will not be undermined by an opaque or pervasive surveillance capitalism.
  6. Freedom of association and collective bargaining will have the skills and the power to negotiate on behalf of users for a more equal use and financial terms with large data holders.

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Review: Online Live Exchange

How can we reimagine Digital Governance so that technological progress is recoupled with economic and social wellbeing?

After a short introduction by Dennis Snower, President of the Global Solutions Initiative, and Global Solutions Fellow Paul Twomey, Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, participants were invited to share their recommendations, ideas and questions on how we can shape digitalization and the current social and economic transformation processes.

Review: The First Solution Session 

As part of its EU Council Presidency, Germany has set itself the goal of actively shaping current social and economic transformation processes. Digital transformation and its design for the common good and consumer-oriention in accordance with the sustainability goals of the United Nations’ Agenda 2030 is an essential focus topic.

In the area of justice and consumer protection, digitization and access to law, consumer policy and data economy as well as AI and intellectual property are among the main focuses. The public debate surrounding the protection of personal data during digitization was also reignited by the Corona crisis, making clear the extent to which consumers are concerned about the use of their personal data.

In this context, the Global Solutions Initiative together with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has initiated the Solution Sessions on Revisiting Digital Governance. In this online event series, decision-makers from politics, business, research and civil society discuss innovative concepts for pressing issues in the field of digital consumer protection, necessary consumer policies, new legal regulations and education initiatives to strengthen the protection of personal data.

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Panel Discussion

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Opening Keynotes

Dennis Snower

President, Global Solutions Initiative

Paul Twomey

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Global Solutions Fellow

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Maria Farrell

Senior Fellow, Minderoo Tech and Policy Lab, University of Western Australia

Christian 
Kastrop

State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Dennis Snower

President, Global Solutions Initiative

Paul Twomey

Distinguished Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Global Solutions Fellow

Moderator: Sabine Christiansen

Journalist & Media Entrepreneur


Closing Keynote

Christian 
Kastrop

State Secretary, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Photo Credits for Christian Kastrop: Thomas Imo/ photothek

A first Proposal

Dennis J. Snower, President of the Global Solutions Initiative, Paul Twomey, Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation and ICANN-Co-Founder, and tech policy expert Maria Farrell have put up a proposal for revisiting digital governance that is compatible with and build upon the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the forthcoming e-Privacy Regulation, and the Digital Services Act and Data Act 

In their discussion paper, the three authors propose a new classification system for personal data. This system distinguishes between official data (data authenticated by official bodies), collective data (data that people agree to share with a pre-defined group for collective purposes) and privy data (data that is volunteered by the individual or inferred through their behaviour).   

On this basis, the authors draft policy recommendations and implementation options that strengthen the digital property rights of users and at the same time provide for collective bargaining powers in the sense of trade unions and consumer protectors who act and negotiate on behalf of users. 

Revisiting Digital Governance: A Discussion Paper

Revisiting digital governance was first published in the Social Macroeconomics Working Paper Series of the  Blavatnik School of Governance, Oxford University, in September 2020. The authors lay out the problems associated with the current digital governance and propose policy recommendations as well as implementation options to recouple the technological advances with economic and social progress.   

About the Authors

Dennis J. Snower

Prof. Dennis J. Snower is founder and President of the Global Solutions Initiative. He is Professor of Macroeconomics and Sustainability at the Hertie School, Berlin; Fellow at The New Institute, Hamburg; Senior Research Fellow at the Blavatnik School of Governance, Oxford University and Non-resident Fellow of The Brookings Institution. He is President Emeritus of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and has published extensively on employment policy, the design of welfare systems, caring economics and monetary and fiscal policy. 

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Paul Twomey

Paul Twomey is an expert on internet governance, e-commerce, cyber security, biosecurity and robotics, who was one of the founding figures and CEO of ICANN and CEO of the Australian National Office for the Information Economy and the Federal government’s Special Adviser for the Information Economy and Technology. He has been Co-chair of the Digital Economy and Future of Work Task Force for the Think20 organ of the G20 over the last several years. Paul is an internet and cyber security consultant and co-founder of several enterprises. 

Vita

Maria Farrell

Maria Farrell is Senior Fellow at the Minderoo Tech and Policy Lab, University of Western Australia. She is a writer and keynote speaker on technology and the future. She has worked in tech policy for twenty years, including at The World Bank, ICANN, the International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, the Confederation of British Industry and The Law Society of England and Wales. Her current writing and consulting projects focus on how to imagine and build alternative tech futures. A graduate of University College Dublin, the Dublin Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics, she taught politics and policy on Oxford University’s doctoral programme in cyber security from 2014 – 2018.  

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