Data economy: human-centric approach at the forefront

22 September 2021


Event description

The European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN Office and other international organisations in Geneva in the capacity as Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the Geneva Internet Platform invite you to a series of dialogues – From Geneva: Reflections on digital future – on issues of importance for the Geneva and global audiences. Linked to International Geneva as a global digital policy hub, the dialogues focus on priority issues around current developments, including the recent process of the UN Secretary General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation.

The new data era is just starting. Our approach towards handling data today will set the direction of our digital future. To inspire organisations to create value and positively contribute to shaping the future of society, we look into the data economy – what it means for countries, companies, and citizens. In the spirit of the human-centric approach, protecting privacy and data management practices should not impede innovation and economic growth.

Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd at 14:00 UTC (10:00 EDT | 16:00 CEST | 22:00 CST)

The following questions will be explored:

  • Rethinking the data supply chain: how to provide a trusted, fair, and innovative data economy;
  • How to approach a perceived trade-off between the data potential and the protection of individual rights?
  • Engaging citizens: How can we move from users to becoming active digital citizens?
  • What roles for governments, civil society and the private sector?


  • Dr Maja Bogataj Jančič, Co-Chair of the Data Governance Working Group, Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence and Head of the Intellectual Property Institute,  Slovenia
  • Ms Lene Wendland, Chief, Business & Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Ambassador Thomas Schneider, Head of International Relations at the Federal Office for Communications of Switzerland (OFCOM) & Co-Lead Swiss Network Digital Self-Determination
  • Mr Paul-Olivier Dehaye, PersonalData.io & MyData.org & Hestia.AI
  • Mr Pascal Marmier, Secretary General, Economy of Trust Foundation, SICPA

Background reading

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