PL 1 Part 1: Will users' trust impact on transnational data flows?

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Session teaser

This session will explore the socio-economic effects of transnational data flows and discuss implications for policy making.

Session description

In this plenary session we will discuss the role of the Internet for economic development and innovation. We will specifically address concerns regarding privacy, trust and transparency. In an ever more complex world everyone appreciates apps and services that make our life easier. At the same time individuals are facing serious challenges when trying to keep track of their “digital trail”, let alone understanding how their data is processed or even knowing where it is actually stored.

The panel will address risks and opportunities while tackling the key questions:

  • How is digitization transforming the economy and the society?
  • Is there a need for a global policy framework for data processing or will open standards suffice?
  • Has the EU become a fortress while attempting to protect its citizens rights online?
  • How can user trust be gained and maintained?


Big Data, Transnational Data Flows, International agreements, data-related technologies, algorithmic technology and decision making, artificial intelligence, privacy, security, user trust, innovation, European economic divide


We start with a key note by Kathy Brown. She will then join her fellow panelists for an initial round of input statements. After this we shall proceed quickly to opening up the discussion to the floor and have a highly interactive session. There is also the opportunity to continue the discussion in a follow-up session in the afternoon, which will be completely open - no panelists - for everyone interested in continuing the debate.

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  • Focal Point: Thomas Grob, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany/Switzerland
  • Key participants
Kathy Brown, President and CEO ISOC
  • Ana Kakalashvili, GIZ GmbH
  • Kathy Brown, President and CEO ISOC
  • Ross LaJeunesse, Global Head of International Relations, Google Inc
  • Matthias Spielkamp, Journalist/AlgorithmWatch
  • Pearse O'Donohue, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Moderator: Frederic Donck (ISOC) / Emily Taylor
  • Remote moderator: Su Sonia Herring
  • Org team
  • Ana Kakalashvili, GIZ GmbH, Georgia/Germany
  • Marco Pancini, Google, Belgium
  • Frédéric Donck, ISOC, Belgium
  • Karen McCabe, IEEE, USA
  • Justin Caso, IEEE, USA
  • Reporter
Thomas Grob, Deutsche Telekom AG

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Transcript: Will users' trust impact on transnational data flows?


  • There is no trade-off between Privacy & Security
  • Security needs to be a collaborative effort / Subsidiarity works: intervene at the least intrusive level possible!
  • The multistakeholder model offers the tools to solve complex issues – approach needs to be open, transparent, inclusive, accountable – needs active engagement; we need to do more!
  • Transparency and Openness are meaningless, if people do not understand what is being disclosed or in case there is no alternative option.
  • Openness requires shared responsibility: companies and governments may not solely and completely be held responsible for what people do online.

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Hashtag: #eurodig16 #trust