Position Paper on Data Sovereignty and Data Economy

New position paper "Data Sovereignty and Data Economy-Two Repulsive Forces?" published

In recent decades, a new type of corporate asset has gained importance: Data. More and more data is being collected, analyzed and used to either enable better-informed business decisions or to develop entirely new business models. The so-called data economy is based on the use of data to create value. In this type of economy, citizens play a crucial role because, at the most granular level, they are often the providers of data. However, from the citizens' point of view, data flows are usually not transparent and lack tools for informational self-determination. This raises the fundamental question of whether data sovereignty exists at all: the autonomy to make decisions about who accesses, processes or stores data, and to move around the data space in a self-determined and informed manner.

The interplay between data sovereignty and data economy is therefore of particular importance. In addition to the numerous questions that require a holistic approach, data ethics plays a decisive role in this context.

In the position paper "Data Sovereignty and Data Economy-Two Repulsive Forces?", which was developed within the framework of the #BMBF-funded project DaWID, the Institute for Digital Transformation in Healthcare (idigiT) contributes this perspective.

The position paper identifies ten areas of tension in the interplay between data sovereignty and data economy: data processing, manipulation, mistrust, responsibility, anonymity, lock-in effects, intangibility, privacy paradox, carrier-wave principle and unravelling effects.

Together with the authors from the Critical Information Infrastructures (cii) research group at the Institute for Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), T-Systems International GmbH, the Fraunhofer Center for International Management and Knowledge Economy (IMW) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering (ISST), idigiT provides food for thought and initial recommendations for action for data-sovereign and data-ethical solutions.

The position paper can be downloaded here. Further information on the DaWID project can be found at https://www.dawid-projekt.de/.

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