Cloud and Big Data: Delivering on the Promise while Safeguarding Privacy

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Session title

Cloud and Big Data: Delivering on the Promise while Safeguarding Privacy

Session subject

  • Big data, new behaviour patterns
  • Promoters and opportunities of new technologies
  • Data protection

Session description

The advent of cloud computing and big data, spurred by the growth and increasing pervasiveness of the Internet in our societies and economies, holds many promises. We are at the start of a ‘smart world’, where our homes, our cities, our energy, can become smarter thanks to better data monitoring and collection; with the potential to drastically improve our consumption and management of energy and the environment. The same online developments have also seen the rise of crowdfunding, and generally of more citizen and public empowerment.

But with these developments – especially the increased use of (personal) data - come challenges, notably for privacy and security. As the technology develops, it is still poorly understood and often not (yet) trusted by many, which could deter or delay its potential.

As policymakers look to the new questions raised by these developments, it is important that we have a debate including all stakeholders, to ensure that the technology delivers all its promises – from empowered citizenry to better energy utilization and economic growth – while making sure all the necessary safeguards are in place, notably when it comes to privacy and security.


  • Focal point: Jean-Jaques Sahel, ICANN
  • Live moderator: Jean-Jacques Sahel
  • Rapporteur: Olivier Crepin-Leblond
  • Remote participation moderator: Farzaneh Badiei
  • Digital facilitator: Tobias
  • Panelists/speakers:
  • Elena Bratanova and/or Dr Stenzel, Data Protection Reform, German Ministry of Interior
  • Cornelia Kutterer, Director of EU Institutional Affairs, Microsoft
  • Arman Atoyan, Founder, Director, X-TECH Creative Studio, Armenia
  • Karsten Wenzlaf, ikosom / German Crowdfunding Network

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