POSEIDON

Every day, governments face complex challenges, from driving mission effectiveness and delivering public services to addressing policy issues and spurring economic development. Likewise, private organizations, especially the small ones, strive to increase efficiency and pursue innovation due to the limited scale. These are significant tasks in themselves. Yet demographic trends, digital technologies, citizen (and customers’) expectations as well as budget limitations complicate them further.

Forward-thinking organizations recognize that old ways of working often hold them back. Many are finding that they do not always have to go it alone in delivering either public and private services. After all, digital technologies are powering a whole new era of collaboration and data sharing with platform-based business models at the heart of it all.

Forward-thinking organizations recognize that old ways of working often hold them back. Many are finding that they do not always have to go it alone in delivering either public and private services. After all, digital technologies are powering a whole new era of collaboration and data sharing with platform-based business models at the heart of it all.

In this scenario, public agencies can create the ecosystem where agencies act with other public organizations, businesses, NGOs and citizens themselves to reinvent the delivery of services (and related goods). ccc c

This is the essence of what is called Ecosystem Platform: a collaborative and innovation-focused approach where governments openly collaborate with citizens, companies, other government organizations for the sake of service delivery. Public agencies might be the orchestrators of ecosystem collaboration, however an ecosystem platform can also be with undefined participant roles.

While the technology it is not an issue anymore to create an ecosystem platform which can deliver a significant and measurable value to citizen and customers and the whole community, many are the obstacles to be overcome: regulation compliancy, individuals and organizations trust, investment size, standardizations most of which are related to PII (Personal Identifiable Information).

On the regulation side, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set a new mandatory step on the path toward the establishment of any ecosystem platforms as well as a unique opportunity to leverage a cross border standard. It was ratified by mid-2016 and immediately became law. Member states now have a few months ahed for implementation. During this period, all public and private organizations selling goods or services or indeed collecting and processing personal data of individuals residing in the EU, regardless of the company’s physical location, must get compliant. They will be directly accountable to those whose data they process. With new requirements for organizations and new rights for individuals, there is no doubt that the GDPR will have a significant impact on both individuals and Internet service providers that process PII. In fact, while from one side the GDPR entails different obligations for those companies, on the other side it has been designed to enable individuals to better control their personal data and eventually improve the trust.

Keeping with this, PoseID-on will develop and deliver an innovative intrinsically scalable platform, namely the Privacy Enhancing Dashboard for personal data protection, as an integrated and comprehensive solution aimed to safeguard the rights of data subjects (i.e. all those natural persons that represent the primary target of the new GDPR), as well as support organizations in data management and processing while ensuring GDPR compliance. The Privacy Enhanced Dashboard will integrate cutting edge technologies and towards the organizations accountability and GDPR compliance as fa as data processing and exchange is concerned. Also, it will contribute to help organizations in the guarantee of fundamental rights of data subjects.

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POSEIDON is a project funded by the European Commission. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under Grant Agreement n° 786713.