Europe's digital agenda for the future: Amsterdam makes three recommendations

  • cooperation
  • knowledge society

In its citizens' consultation, Amsterdam chose to ask citizens questions about privacy and digital security, the value of their data, digitalisation and accessibility.

What are citizens' views on the control of their data and the future of digital services? How can citizens be in control or ‘take back’ control as some may argue? How can local government help? How can Europe help? What are the roles of citizens, civil society organisations and companies? These were the questions Amsterdam's citizens's panel discussed in order to develop ideas for a local, and a European, digital agenda for the future. 

To talk about online society, security, accessibility, ownership and privacy, and above all about the (im)possibilities of the online 'you', Amsterdam gathered a cluster of panelists:

  • Marleen Stikker, director of Waag
  • Saskia Nijs, journalist and researcher
  • Frank Schalken, social entrepreneur
  • Kevin de Randamie, presenter

Three recommendations came out of the discussions:

1. Prohibit data trade - data sovereignty is a human right. People are not a business case. Create and support value-driven technology. 

2. Everybody has the right to their own firewall.

3. Promote, guarantee and support freedom of choice through education and media literacy.

These citizens' proposals, together with those from other panel events taking place across Europe until the end of February, will be presented at the second mayors summit on the future of Europe on 20 and 21 March 2019.

As part of the mayors summit, which will take place two months ahead of the European Parliament elections in the presence of more than 100 city politicians, EUROCITIES and the European Commission will present the panel results to national and European political leaders.

EUROCITIES staff contact

Marta MarcuzziMembership coordinator & EA to the Sec Gen

EUROCITIES staff contact

Nicola Vatthauer