Invitation: Thursday May 19th – Live meet-up ‘ethical and societal aspects of Gaia-X’

On Thursday May 19th Gaia-X hub NL organizes the live meet-up ‘ethical and societal aspects of Gaia-X’ with prof. dr. José van Dijck (UU) and dr. Claire Stolwijk (TNO) in De Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club in Amsterdam. Professor Van Dijck will elaborate on the influence of online platforms on our public interests. Public values such as transparency, privacy and democratic control are central to building a European digital infrastructure. In this context, Dr. Stolwijk takes us into the state of affairs regarding digital sovereignty in the Netherlands and Europe and the opportunities and challenges that still lie ahead.

Do you have to deal with data exchange within your field of work? Would you like to know more about the safeguarding of public values within a data ecosystem and what (ethical) opportunities and challenges lie ahead regarding digital sovereignty? Then you should not miss this meeting! This physical Gaia-X hub NL meeting offers an excellent opportunity to meet each other, exchange knowledge and connect with each other. Share this invitation in your network and sign up quickly: there are a limited number of places available!


Location: Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club, Dam 27 in Amsterdam
Time: 13.45 – 17.00 hrs
Accessibility: The Royal IGC is a ten-minute walk from the Central Station in Amsterdam. Several trams stop in front of the door. There is ample parking at various parking garages within ten minutes walking distance. More information about accessibility can be found on the IGC website.

13.45 – 14.00 hrs
14.00 – 14.15 hrs
Introduction by Gaia-X hub NL manager dr. ir. Peter Verkoulen
14.15 – 15.00 hrs
Lecture prof. dr. José van Dijck: “Public values in the online world”
15.00-15.45 hrs
Lecture dr. Claire Stolwijk: “Digital sovereignty in the Netherlands and Europe”
15.45- 16.00 hrs
Questions and discussion
16.00-17.00 hrs
Networking drink


About the speakers
Prof. dr. José van Dijck has been university professor of media and digital society at Utrecht University since 2017. She was previously president of the KNAW, received an honorary doctorate from Lund University in 2019, and received the Spinoza Prize from NWO in 2021. Her research focuses on media, social media and media technologies and in particular on the influence of online platforms on public values in various sectors of society. Together with two co-authors, she published the book The Platform Society (Oxford University Press) in which the impact of online platforms in four sectors (mobility, news, education and healthcare) is investigated. Van Dijck is research leader of the interdisciplinary group Governing the Digital Society at Utrecht University.

Dr. Claire Stolwijk is a senior researcher and consultant at TNO. She specialises in policy and business models around digitisation, industrial policy and innovation management. She leads large European and national projects for various domains, with a focus on the digitization of the manufacturing industry. Before that, she worked as a senior finance analyst at Unilever. She has a business background and holds a PhD from TU Delft in the field of innovation strategies of chip companies. She recently published the TNO paper “Bridging the Dutch and European Digital Sovereignty gap” with co-authors. This paper discusses digital sovereignty from the perspective of policy and technology, but also from an economic, social and geopolitical perspective. The current digital sovereignty is outlined on the basis of various technology layers as well as the opportunities and challenges to increase digital sovereignty.





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