Automatische Datenbewertung & europäisches Recht

A kick-off event of several days’ duration of the new EU Horizon 2020 project “Safe-DEED – Safe Data Enabled Economic Development” recently took place at the RSA premises in Vienna. Read the report of the scientific coordinator of “Safe-DEED”, Mihai Lupu from the Research Studio Data Science of the RSA FG and the administrative coordinator of the project, Noreen Berger from the KNOW-Center for Data-Driven Business & Big Data Analytics:

“The week of December 3rd-7th saw in Vienna the largest European ICT Conference, ICT Imagine Digital 2018. However, this was not the only event organized with EU support this week in Vienna. The Safe-DEED Consortium partners, 3 research organisations, 2 universities, and 3 companies from 6 EU countries met at the offices of the Research Studios Austria, in the center of Vienna, to kick-start the work on this project.

The objectives of the Kick-off Meeting were primarily to get to know each other better, to have a harmonized view of the project objectives, and to create a better understanding of how we will be working together over the next three years, both scientifically and administratively.

Accordingly, after a short welcome by Prof. Peter A. Bruck, CEO of the Research Studios Austria and an intro by the Scientific Coordinator, Dr. Mihai Lupu, and the Administrative Coordinator, MMag. Noreen Berger, each partner had the opportunity to showcase their background to the rest of the consortium.

Following that, the remainder of the evening was used to present the individual objectives of the four research Work Packages: WP2 (Economic Aspects and Business Models), WP3 (Legal and Ethical Issues), WP4 (Private and Public Data Value), and WP5 (Privacy and Confidentiality, De-anonymisation).

The combination of these highly complementary research areas is what makes the Safe-DEED project so outstandingly exciting! What are the economic aspects and business models in relation to the automatic data valuation based on statistical features of the data itself? How is this value affected by the constraints of multi-party computation algorithms or by de-anonymisation? Are these methods in line with the European Values and the legal framework that we have now or that we will have in the next 3 to 5 years? For all of these questions we will try together to find answers in the next 36 months.

Later in the evening all partners continued discussing these questions in a more inspiring environment, in one of the traditional winery restaurants that surround the city of Vienna and provide the irreplaceable charm of the Austrian capital. All fundamental questions are better addressed over a portion of traditional Wiener Schnitzel and a glass of local wine or fresh grape juice.

On Friday morning we continued the work with the description of the two use-case work packages: WP6 (Secure enterprise data exchange — use-case personal data) and WP7 (Secure Lead Time Based Pricing — use-case industry data) and the two administrative work packages: WP1 (Management) and WP8 (Dissemination, Communication, Exploitation, Sustainability and Market Validation).

With now a full view of the project, we broke up in two working groups. To help the project focus and find common ground, the task here was for each of the technical and non-technical work packages to discuss with the use-case work packages on the topics and the tasks to be addressed over the next 3-6 months. Two parallel sessions were organized: First, WP2, WP3, and WP7 discussed business, legal, and ethical aspects of relevance to the industrial use-case, while WP4, WP5, and WP6 discussed technical aspects of relevance to the personal data use-case. After that, the groups were swapped, and WP2, WP3, and WP6 met in parallel to the meeting of WP4, WP5, and WP7.

The discussions were occasionally very intense, but a consensus on work to be done was always reached in each of the four discussion groups. The tasks faced by the consortium partners are indeed quite challenging, as not only the technical and non-technical aspects have to be involved, but also two very different use-cases, covering personal and industrial data. Out of each session, a set of very concrete questions came out, together with actions that each partner has to do. As such, it was an extremely productive meeting!

Finally, after having summarized these points together with all partners, we were able to conclude the meeting ahead of time, at 14:30 and reward all partners with a cup of traditional Glühwein prepared in the office by one of our colleagues at the Research Studios Austria.”

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