Data-driven public services and the future information economy in Europe

By | October 4, 2022

From digital sovereignty to data space

There is digital and data transformed enterprises and changed consumer experience and society. in accordance with European Center for Policy Strategy, “In the 21st century, those who control digital technologies can have greater influence on economic, social, and political outcomes. In this context, the growing ‘geopoliticisation’ of technology represents a paradigm shift for the notion of strategic autonomy… The EU’s ability to defend and advance its interests, as well as its credibility as a strong foreign policy actor, is more than ever its cyber resilience and technological leadership”.

The European Union responded ambitiously to the challenge Digital Ten-Year Plan “to pursue a human-centred, sustainable vision for the digital society” and to “increase the EU’s strategic autonomy in technology and develop new rules and technologies to protect citizens from counterfeit products, cyber theft and disinformation”. One of the eight goals 2030 Policy Agenda Towards a Digital Decade It is “to ensure digital sovereignty through a particularly secure and accessible digital infrastructure, to support the competitiveness of the Union’s industry, to process large amounts of data enabling other technological developments”.

The program also proposes the creation of multi-country projects for the development of “European Common Information Infrastructure and Services”. Combined with regulations such as the GDPR, the upcoming Digital Operational Sustainability Act and the Data Act, the Digital Decade’s programs and projects aim to put Europe at the forefront of reshaping the global information economy along two interrelated axes: digital sovereignty and data spaces.

How are digital sovereignty and information spaces paving the way for the information economy in Europe and beyond?

IDC defines digital sovereignty as the self-determination of nations, companies and individuals. Digital sovereignty is not just data sovereignty or data localization. This includes operations used to control and manage cloud platforms, cloud software, data center assets, communications infrastructure, processes and digital infrastructure, services, access and identity.

It forms the basis of a digital-first Europe where governments, businesses and individuals have real choice control over their data and digital destiny. But digital independence alone is not enough. It is a means to achieve results such as understanding the value of data data spaces through next-generation infrastructure and platforms that are interoperable, innovative, easy to manage and secure, energy efficient, regulatory compliant and sustainable.

The European Union Information Strategy “Creating a single European data space – a truly single market open to data from around the world – where personal and non-personal data, including sensitive business data, is safe and businesses can do business easily, boosting growth and creating value while minimizing human carbon and environmental footprints.” , access to an almost unlimited amount of high-quality industrial data. This bold vision is far from realized. IDC research shows that a single data space for Europe, let alone the globe, will not happen in the near future. There are many challenges in terms of digital sovereignty, governance, semantic and technical interoperability. Nevertheless, Europe is setting a travel trend that other regions and countries are following.

Private and public sector entities recognize that data sharing is a critical success factor to accelerate their success in the information-based economy. And they understand that in order to realize benefits, data sharing needs to happen not only within each organization, but with external partners, including outside their own network.

In fact, our research on the future of the industry ecosystem has identified more than 90% of public and private sector organizations worldwide. sharing data with external partners, about 60% do so in a limited fashion or only when absolutely necessary. The vision of the European Strategic Information Space is the next stage of evolution, where information sharing can be on a larger scale and beyond industry boundaries:

  1. Federated architectures that dynamically match data supply and demand
  2. Governance policies and processes that ensure the safe, transparent and fair participation of both data users and data providers by matching supply and demand with trusted rules and intermediaries
  3. Access to and access to and use of data in and from the Common Space for non-commercial/altruistic purposes or for commercial purposes or both

What can European public sector leaders do to benefit from the twin transitions of digital sovereignty and information space?

As for the rest of the economy, public sector organizations are trying to figure out how to use data to improve policy development, service delivery and operational efficiency. In addition to EU-wide initiatives, public sector leaders in the region must:

  • Encouraging the private sector to achieve profit and non-profit outcomes while protecting personal data, intellectual property and trade secrets
  • Work with the technology industry to promote the use of semantic and technical interoperability standards
  • Collaborate with technology industry and academia to advance research and development to accelerate the adoption of technologies such as secure hardware architectures, probabilistic computing, and homomorphic encryption that will enable reliable data exchange even in untrusted systems in the future.
  • Invest in digital autonomous infrastructures and services for data spaces that accelerate the realization of digital self-determination values
  • Initiate data spaces with immediate public benefit, such as digital citizen wallets that provide citizens with a one-stop access to public administration, and access critical information they hold, including public-private ecosystems, such as health, mobility and the built environment.

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