Culture Awards Winners

A celebration of the most impactful European initiatives and individuals shaping a new culture around NGI.

+ MyData – A Nordic Model for human-centered personal data management and processing

“The core idea is that we, you and I, should have an easy way to see where data about us goes, specify who can use it, and alter these decisions over time.”

MyData is a global community which was recently formalised as an international nonprofit organisation. Before the official establishment of the association, the community already had more than 20 local hubs on six continents.

Our mission is to promote the ethical use of personal data in all domains of business, legislation, technology, and society and to defend digital human rights.

+ Bridgit – Internet of Ideas

Bridgit is decentralizing links so that users can create smart links on any page that connects information on an idea-by-idea basis. Bridgit intends to make the web much more like the human brain with respect to its connectedness. Bridgit can, in fact, be thought of as a multi-level extension or augmentation of the brain, individually and collectively. Rather than pages, the ideas on pages are the nodes and are directly connected in a fitting manner. A page can contain hundreds or more ideas, each of which is a highly specific opportunity to interact around the user’s attention. Each idea can, in turn, have tens if not hundreds of connections. Thus, a single web page could easily aggregate a thousand connections and new interactions that were previously impossible.

1) Enable people to easily see the supporting and opposing evidence for every idea in any article and thereby discern what is fake or true for themselves

2) Provide an intuitive, unobtrusive discovery service that is orders of magnitude faster and more effective than search

3) Enable people to have conversations about things that matter directly on the web pages that host the information they are discussing.

Daveed Benjamin

+ Global Citizens’ Debate on the Future of Internet

Over the last 40 years, the Internet became a common good for Humanity. A multi stakeholder dialogue has been enabled between industry, governments and civil society as a way to share visions, difficulties and questions at different scales. This dialogue between experts tends, however, to exclude one core stakeholder: the citizens of the world.

This is why we are launching the Global Citizens’ Debate on the future of Internet that will position ordinary citizens as co-decision makers and co-designers of the future services, technology and innovations related to the digital society of the 21st century.

The debate rests on 4 pillars: (1) Coalition building, meaning that the debate is launched, co-designed and supported by a broad coalition of stakeholders. (2) Citizen participation, meaning that thousands of ordinary citizens, representative of the full diversity of their country take part in massive f2f deliberative events. (3) Sustainable impact, meaning that the results are used to fuel the decision-making process of stakeholders at all levels. (4) Massive capacity building as the 100+ organizers worldwide receive training in both the method and topics at stake.

In 2018 we aim to pilot the project in 12 countries, on six continents. In 2019 we will roll-out the full scale debate in 100+ countries of the world and present the results at the relevant locations. In 2020 we will evaluate the process and implement a sustainability strategy.

Antoine Vergne

+ The Things Network – Building a global Internet of Things network together

The Things Network is a global end-to-end encrypted LoRaWAN Internet of Things network now spanning more than 90 countries with 50,000 members and 4,000 base stations enabling all kinds of use cases through connectivity. These include air quality in Amersfoort, protecting endangered species in Estonia, flooding protection in the UK, smart parking solution for cities, legionella prevention systems and hundreds more use cases.

We provide:

– A global collaborative Internet of Things data network based on LoRaWAN
– Empowerment of many citizens, businesses and developers to create use cases that generate value
– The power of the Internet of Things in the hands of many

Wienke Giezeman