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The problem of data governance is one of the most important for the Digital Development. There are many new opportunities for the economic and social growth in various areas, raning  from the Green Deal management through eHealth, personalized medicine, the usefulness of AI, to data shared models which support autonomous driving. By now, this issue has become clearly visible. During this HumanTech Meeting we want to focus on some crucial aspects of data development and data governance that will be presented by our speakers, Professor Andrea Renda, from CEPS, a leading think tank and forum for debate on EU affairs, and Anna Kalinowska, Ph.D., a cultural studies scholar and socio-cultural researcher from SWPS University.

The meeting will be hosted by Michał Boni, Ph.D., former Minister of Administration and Digitization, Senior Researcher Associate in Martens Centre in Brussels, and lecturer at SWPS University.

The meeting will be opened by Konrad Maj, Ph.D.

Lanuages of the event: Polish and English (with translation to both languages).

April 12
17:00-19:00 CEST (UTC+2)

Technology Isn’t Everything. Digital Data Management

"In the current times, it is obvious, how important data is for the global multidimensional development. The key issues are related to: data accessibility, data processing rules based on complex adherence to the fundamental rights (privacy protection and security), conditions for data retention and transferring. The opportunity to process data is significant for many areas and purposes: for predictability of processes and various phenomena, for the management of industrial activities and logistics, for personalization of medical services (better and deeper diagnosis and effective therapies). Additionally, we need to develop solutions for Open Data spheres and provide common public accessibility to these spheres. But at the same time, we have to be aware of and understand some threats posed by data processing activities, such as a potential decline in consumption pressure due to consumers’ profiling, as well as manipulation and polarization that undermine democracy. For the future we need clear standards and principles of data governance, and solutions for data sharing. It is the main topic of this HumanTech Meeting. The lecture delivered by professor Andrea Renda will provide the background to the issue and will be a starting point of our debate," says Dr. Michał Boni, the Host of the meeting.

HumanTech Meetings

We live in an era of innovation, technological progress and digitalization. This current innovation drive may lead to unpredictable psychological and social outcomes. Therefore, it is crucial to establish collaborations between engineers, programmers, IT specialists and social scientists during initial phases of any new projects related to development of new technologies or services. Such collaborations may help to avoid mistakes and can support better development of new ideas.

The project is planned as a series of meetings, gathering academics and professionals from the technology sector from Poland and other countries. Each meeting will include two lectures, one delivered by a speaker from Poland and one presented by a guest from another country. The lectures will be followed by panel discussions, where panelists will represent different approaches to innovation and technology.

HumanTech Meetings is a project of SWPS University's Center for Innovation. More information »

In the current times, it is obvious, how important data is for the global multidimensional development. The opportunity to process data is significant for many areas and purposes: for predictability of processes and various phenomena, for the management of industrial activities and logistics, for personalization of medical services, But at the same time, we have to be aware of and understand some threats posed by data processing activities, such as a potential decline in consumption pressure due to consumers’ profiling, as well as manipulation and polarization that undermine democracy. For the future we need clear standards and principles of data governance, and solutions for data sharing.

Michał Boni, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at SWPS University and Senior Researcher Associate in Martens Centre in Brussels


Lecture 1: Data Management Challenges in the Light of the Legislative Proposals and the Needs for the Digital Development - Prof Andrea Renda (CEPS, Brussels)

This is fundamental: How the existing and proposed models of the data-sharing look like in the light of the Single Market 2.0 on the one side, and on the other - in the perspective presented by the European Commission proposals?

It is crucial: How we can solve the problem of the data “ownership” principles and meet them with openness for common data sharing ? What kinds of conditions are needed: schemes for data sharing services, the rules for re-using of data, access to the open data sources, obligations for fairness and compliance with GDPR and competition rules?

This is significant: How to build the data sharing platforms and promote B2B (managed) data sharing, developing at the same time the most adequate and effective relations between persons (individuals), businesses, and public, governmental institutions?

It is important: How to establish the new DATA ECOSYSTEM (in the European Union) focused on cooperation between: sectoral data spaces, open Internet, digital platforms, and digital government, with legal and semantic interoperability, based on high quality of infrastructure and federated cloud, also open for the Internet of Things, and first of all - oriented on the end-users.


Andrea Renda

Professor Andrea Renda – is a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy (GRID) at CEPS. He is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, and was Adjunct Professor of Law and Economics at Duke Law School (United States) for Academic Year 2016/2017. In September 2017, he was appointed the “Google Chair” for Digital Innovation at the College of Europe in Bruges (Belgium), where he has been teaching a course on “Regulatory Impact Assessment for Business” since 2007. His current research interests include regulation and policy evaluation, regulatory governance, private regulation, innovation and competition policies, Internet policy, and the alignment of policies for long-term impacts such as sustainability and decarbonization. He also specializes in EU law and policymaking, and in international regulatory cooperation. He is the author of many papers and books, including: Artificial Intelligence. Ethics, Governance and Policy Challenges(2019), Brussels.

Panel Discussion & Panelist
Data Governance - Think About Conditions, Do Not Forget About Benefits

Eline Chivot

Eline Chivot – is a senior adviser on digital policy at the European People’s Party (EPP), the centre-right, pro-European political party which gathers over 70 national parties from 40 countries. Her role includes consolidating and fostering the party’s knowledge and positions regarding the public policies that impact the technology sector, its actors, and the data economy. Throughout this experience and her previous positions, Eline covers European technology policies as diverse as those relating to content liability and moderation, disinformation, data protection and privacy, emerging technologies like AI, competition policy and antitrust. Prior to joining the EPP, Eline was a senior policy analyst at the Center for Data Innovation, a D.C. and Brussels-based research institute affiliated with the Innovation and Technology Information Foundation (ITIF). Eline also worked at DIGITALEUROPE, one of Brussels’ largest trade associations where she managed relations with representatives of the tech industry, and as policy analyst at the Hague Center for Strategic Studies (HCSS) in the Netherlands, developing research projects on defence, security, and economic policy issues.

Iverna McGowan

Iverna Mc Gowen– is Director of CDT’s Europe Office, and an advocate for ensuring international human rights standards are at the core of law and policy related to technology. At CDT, Iverna leads the Brussels-based Europe team that works to put human rights and democracy at the center of the European Union and its member countries’ tech policy agendas. She holds a B.A. in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin and an LL.M from Maastricht University’s School of European Law, where she was awarded a scholarship for having graduated as a top three percent scholar. She is a frequent commentator on human rights, EU foreign policy, and gender equality, and has contributed to pieces by Euronews, CNN, BBC, RTE, and Reuters.

258 Liga Rozentale

Alek Tarkowski – is a sociologist, digital rights activist and digital public policy maker. He is Director of strategy at the Open Future Foundation. In 2010, he cofounded the Digital Centre Foundation and was its President until 2020. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Creative Commons Foundation and co-founder of Communia, the European association for the digital public domain and the Creative Commons Poland initiative. A graduate of the Leadership Academy for Poland (Class of 2017), Alek was named a New Europe 100 Challenger in 2016. In the past, he was a member of the Prime Minister's Team of Strategic Advisors (2008-2011), a member of the Information Technology Council and the Digitalization Council (2011-2016), and a Junior Fellow in the McLuhan Program on Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto. Alek is a member of the Steering Committee of the Internet Governance Forum Poland. He also sits on the Program Committee of the School of Ideas, an innovative study program offered by SWPS University, and on Advisory Board of the Commonwealth of Learning Center for Connected Learning. He regularly works on strategies and public policies that enable digital technologies conducive to openness, collaboration, and engagement.

Bartek Telejko

Bartek Telejko – is the Policy Manager at Google. In this role, he has been working on a number of EU legislative proposals related to technology, including the Digital Markets Act, Digital Services Act, Artificial Intelligence, and the Data Governance Act. He is also a former European Parliament official and MEPs' adviser on industry, energy, environment, and trade. Before joining the European Parliament he completed a number of internships at international organizations, think-tanks and NGOs, including the European Commission and The German Marshall Fund of the United States in Brussels. He graduated with a degree in political science from the College of Europe, and holds a doctoral degree in political science from Jagiellonian University.

Lecture 2: Social Programming Of Everyday Life: Between Digital Identity and Self-Technologies

Anna Kalinowska

Anna Kalinowska, Ph.D. – is a cultural studies scholar and socio-cultural researcher. She is a member of the Polish Society of Market and Opinion Researchers, the Polish Society for Media Education and an active member of the Youth Research Center at the SWPS University. She has 10 years of research experience in the areas of cultural policies and digital culture, also in designing original research. In her projects, Anna focuses on issues related to sociology of networks and digital identity of users. She also works on adapting the concept of technologies of the self in the digital age. She is President of the BITECH Foundation for Science Support and Education Development, and owner of a creative hub #teamkalina. Moreover, Anna teaches at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology and collaborates with the Kozminski University as a digital ethnographer. She often speaks at conferences, such as the Media Education Congress, Tech/Spo, and the Internet Governance Forum 2020. Her articles appeard Popular Culture and State and Society.

Meeting Host

Michał Boni

Michał Boni, Ph.D. – holds a doctoral degree in humanities. From 1977 to 1989, he was assistant professor at the University of Warsaw. He was an activist of the underground "S" organization and Head of the Mazovia region of "Solidarity" (1989-1990). He held several governmental and other prominent positions, including: Minister in the Labor and Social Policy (1991), Secretary of State in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (1992 - 1993), and Member of the Sejm (1991-1993). He was also the founder and head of the Institute of Public Affairs (1996-1997), advisor in the government of Jerzy Buzek, advisor to "Lewiatan", a Polish business organization, for EU projects (2002-2007), Head of Strategic Advisers to the Prime Minister Donald Tusk and the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers (minister: 2008 - 2011). He was the first minister of digitization in Central and Eastern Europe (2011-2013) and author of the DIGITAL POLAND program. He was a Member of the European Parliament (2014-2019), actively working in the Freedom and Justice Committee and the Industry and Science Committee (digital affairs). His area of expertise includes: legislation on data protection and privacy, access and information data as open data, the development of gigabit-society and 5G, the functioning of Artificial Intelligence, the establishment of the European Open Data Cloud for Science and Supercomputers in the EU. He is the initiator of the establishment program and fund: Rights and Values addressed to civic organizations. He is also the author and coordinator of work on the POLSKA 2030 report and YOUTH 2011 and YOUTH 2018 reports. He has also written many articles and larger publications, including "Artificial Intelligence and Management Beyond Ethics" (Martens Center). Currently, he is Assistant Professor at SWPS University and Senior Researcher Associate at Martens Center (a think tank in Brussels). More information »

Meeting will be opened by:

Kaja Tomczak

Konrad Maj, Ph.D. – Social psychologist, Head of the HumanTech Meetings project, initiator and Head of the HumanTech Center for Social and Technological Innovations. In his research and teaching he focuses on social influence, media psychology and innovations. Recently, he has been working on a Human-Robot-Interaction (HRI) project. From 2013 to 2016 he held the post of Rector’s Representative for Research, focusing on practical application of research results and social innovations. He visited numerous innovation centers, including the Institute for Social Innovation (ISI) at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, the ID+ Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture at the University of Averio, Portugal, and Design Factory at Aalto University, in Finland. Full bio »



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Date and Location 

Monday, April 12, 2020, online


Coordinator: Ewa Łuczak
e-mail: eluczak1@swps.edu.pl

The HumanTech Meetings project is funded by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, under the “Promotion of Science” funding scheme - contract no. 792/P-DUN/2019.




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