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Interview with Alejandro Russo, DPella coordinator.

DPella is part of the first and very selective batch of projects that entered the DAPSI programme. We spoke with Alejandro Russo, DPella project coordinator, to learn more about them, their technology and ambition. Can you tell us about yourself and your team? The DPella team is composed of Marco, Carola, and me. Marco and I are professors in computer science with expertise in building security solutions for data privacy. I am located at the Chalmers University of Technology, in Sweden – where I lead a team of four brilliant Ph.D. students -, while Marco is located at Boston University, USA. I have known Marco since my first steps as a Ph.D. student 15 years ago!, but it was in 2018 that we got the chance to start working together – a collaboration that led us to the decision of founding DPella. Our team is not all about pointy-hats academics, but also have an entrepreneur onboard: Carola, who was born in a family of Argentinian entrepreneurs. I have known Carola for my whole life. She is an architect who is passionate about developing ideas around software – a passion that I witnessed in the nine years that she has been running her own software company. I could not be happier with the team: we are diverse, have different backgrounds, and are 100% intellectually honest with each other. Where does your passion for data privacy come from? I have been always passionate about data privacy. It is something that originated during my early high school years during the 90s. Back then, I got introduced to the (pre-Internet) world of BBSes, which were a great source of knowledge about security vulnerabilities and techniques to create secure software. During those years, I found it fascinating to learn how to discover private information that no one...

MEET EUROPE’S TOP DATA PORTABILITY PROJECTS!

First open call results are out! Get to know the 11 projects embarking on the DAPSI journey Applications for the first cohort of the Data Portability & Services Incubator (DAPSI) closed on 22 April 2020 with an impressive number of 182 submissions, coming from 33 different countries. With so many great solutions presented the evaluation process was not easy but ended up with the selection of 11 high potential projects to solve data portability challenges. “I was actually super surprised about the number of high quality proposals. The majority of submissions were very good and detailed and creative. It was really hard to select the right proposals but at the end I’m very happy with the final list.” Nextcloud CEO and DAPSI Advisory Board Member, Frank Karlitschek. The DAPSI journey DAPSI will support the selected projects through a 9-month incubation programme where experts in diverse fields will provide a successful working methodology, access to top infrastructure, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, and a vibrant ecosystem. On top of that, each DAPSI project can receive up to €150k equity-free funding. In the two-phase programme, the projects will develop advanced solutions in the Data Portability field to make it significantly easier for citizens to have any data which is stored with one service provider transmitted directly to another provider. From September 2020 to February 2021 (Kick-Start phase) they will develop a solution related to a specific use case. The best projects will progress to the second phase (Booster phase), from March to June 2021, where the use cases will be fostered to evolve into solid projects to gain enough traction for deployment and get ready for the market. "I have ambitious expectations for this programme. We will distribute 5.6M€ to engage top-notch innovators developing solutions with high potential to reach the market in many cases." DAPSI's Coordinator, Sara Mateo. Who’s in? ALIAS...

DAPSI Open Call #1 Statistics

The first DAPSI Open Call for data and service portability innovators was open between the 20th of February and the 22nd of April 2020. A total of 182 applications were submitted accounting for 59% of the number of applications started. OPEN CALL RESULTS: FINALIZED OR IN PROGRESS Profile of applicants Applicants were asked whether they were applying as a group of individual(s) and organization(s), as a team, as a consortium, as a natural person or as a legal entity. Out of the 182 proposals, 71% (130 applications) were submitted by single legal entities, 10% (19 applications) by a group of individuals (teams), another 10% (18 applicants) by a group of organizations (consortiums), 6% (10 proposals) by groups of individual(s) and organization(s), and finally, 3% (5 applications) by single individuals (natural persons). PROFILE OF APPLICANTS Countries The first Open Call received proposals from 33 countries. It is possible to see a predominance of French (39), German (24), Romanian (23), Spanish (18) and British (15) applications, followed by applications from Portugal, Netherlands, Greece, Finland, Belgium or Italy among others. A large number of countries were covered thanks to the communication and dissemination efforts in getting participants from all the eligible countries. COUNTRY OF APPLICANTS DAPSI challenges selected In this first Open Call, DAPSI allowed for applications within 3 established challenges. Applicants were able to select between Data Compatibility & Interoperability, Data transparency, Security & Privacy and Other. The distribution of applications received among the different challenges can be seen in the figure below, which shows Data Compatibility & Interoperability as the challenge chosen by the majority of applicants (46%), followed by Security & Privacy (28%), Data Transparency (22%) and finally Other (4%). SELECTION OF DAPSI CHALLENGES Submission evolution The graph below demonstrates the first Open Call submissions curve along time, in which approximately 46% of the submissions were made in the last submission day. And the 83.5% of the submissions were...

DAPSI OPEN CALL #1 WEBINAR#4 | Guide for applicants

We are pleased to invite you to our first webinar – this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Data Portability and Services Incubator, the application process, evaluation criteria, and programme details. The team will be ready to answer all your queries. You can ask us anything! The webinar will be on Monday, April 8 @ 11:00 am (CEST). Some topics we’ll cover : What is DAPSIWhich are the data portability challengesSupport servicesHow to apply These and many more questions will be addressed during our webinar! Reserve your seat via F6S now. This is the link to reserve your seat via F6S: https://www.f6s.com/dapsiopencall1-webinar2-guideforapplicants JOIN US! You can access the webinar through this link: https://zoom.us/j/2309809162Meeting ID: 230 980 9162One tap mobile+16465588656,,2309809162# US (New York)+16699006833,,2309809162# US (San Jose) Dial by your location        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)Meeting ID: 230 980 9162 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acHTllIH1O

Interview with Kathrin Knautz from Fraunhofer IAIS

Assessing the most pressing challenges in the Data Portability domain As a starting activity of the Data Portability and Services Incubator a survey was conducted on research challenges in the domain of data portability. We spoked with Kathrin Knautz, from Fraunhofer IAIS, to find out more about it. As the task leader of the survey on research challenges in the data portability field, launched under DAPSI’s project, could you explain what was its purpose and why was it so important to do it as a starting activity of the project? The aim of the survey was to assure that the relevant research domains and challenges in Services and Data Portability are addressed and assessed to contribute to the development of this field. The results of the survey form the basis of the research questions to be addressed for the 1st Open Call document. What kind of participants were you looking for and how did you reach them? We were looking for researchers from various domains such as legal analysis and compatibility, cryptography or database management. Additionally, the needs of users and industries were important aspects for us, so that the defined challenges would address their expectations and use cases. To obtain diverse answers from various groups, the survey was spread by using different channels. One channel were the internal networks of the project partners; a second one utilized expert networks. We also shared the survey on scientific events (e.g. conferences) and contacted selected experts after a previous analysis of the relevant backgrounds. In addition to the first survey, we launched a second one, which contained the same questions as the first survey, but was intended for the members of the Advisory Board. Overall, 221 participants took part in this survey of which 71 answered all questions. Most respondents work in the fields of research, development and entrepreneurship. Only a few respondents work in other areas e.g. in...

Interview with DAPSI’s coordinator, Sara Mateo, from ZABALA

Building the future for data portability Launched in November 2019, the Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI) will empower internet innovators to develop new solutions and services addressing the challenges of Data Portability as underseen in the GDPR. We spoked with the project’s coordinator Sara Mateo to find out more about the programme. As coordinator of the Data Portability and Services Incubator, launched under the European Commission’s Next Generation Initiative, what is your perspective on the Data Portability regulation and its practicality? With the GDPR, Data protection is recognised as a fundamental right. Data Portability is part of this citizens’ right. It will give users more control over their personal data, to reuse it and transfer it from one service provider to another easily. However, although the purpose is clear and might sound easy, is far less in practice and there is still much work to do to really implement it. Research is needed to set the principles to allow the development of Data Portability solutions. How is DAPSI approaching the process of fostering innovation on the Data Portability field? DAPSI is a programme designed to support internet innovators contributing to the Data Portability field. We will support them with up to 150k€ equity-free funding, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, visibility and community building support. It will give them the financial support, skills and guidance needed to deliver a viable and operational solution in 9 months. With this opportunity, around 50 brilliant researchers and developers will have the resources to make Data Portability happen. Who are you looking to involve in the programme? We target internet technologists, researchers and innovators willing to make a better internet, delivering new services with potential to improve the internet infrastructure or those with the purpose to reach the market in the short run with their solutions. They can participate as natural person or legal entity, individually or...

Press Release

New €5.6 Million fund and suporting programme to empower data portability innovators Are you an internet innovator ready to tackle the data portability challenges? Join DAPSI programme and get up to €150k, technical & business support, and access to top infrastructure Applications are open The Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI) has a €5.6 Million fund to empower internet innovators, to develop new solutions in the Data Portability field. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has the purpose of making significantly easier for citizens to have any data which is stored with one service provider transmitted directly to another provider. But in most cases, it is still difficult to do so. DAPSI will support top-notch projects through a 9-month supporting programme where experts in diverse fields will provide a successful working methodology, access to top infrastructure, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, and a vibrant ecosystem. On top of that, each DAPSI project can receive up to €150k equity-free funding. How does it work? In a two-phase supporting programme, the projects will develop advanced solutions in the Data Portability field, attend online and on-site training sessions, pitch and access top infrastructures, with coaching support to work on use cases. The best projects will progress to the second phase where the use cases will be fostered to evolve into solid projects to gain enough traction for deployment and get ready for the market. Are you ready for the Data Portability challenges? Deadline 22 april 2020, 12:00 (noon) CEST Find more information on www.dapsi.ngi.eu Note to editors The Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI) is a EU funded project, under the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, to empower top internet innovators to develop human-centric solutions, addressing the challenge of personal data portability on the internet, as foreseen under the GDPR. The project is operated by 6 partners: Zabala Innovation Consulting (Spain), F6S (Ireland), Cap Digital (France), IMT Starter (France), Fraunhofer IAIS (Germany), and Engineering (Italy). Next Generation...

Webinaire d’information AAP DAPSI – NGI

Participez à notre webinaire de présentation du nouvel appel lancé par l'initiative européenne Next Generation Internet dédié aux innovations pour l'internet de demain. Ce webinaire d'information vous est proposé en présence des opérateurs Cap Digital et l'IMT Atlantique qui présenteront l'appel et répondront à toutes vos questions ! L'appel DAPSI répond au besoin de développer des technologies facilitant la transmission et la portabilité des données entre fournisseurs de services. Si la portabilité des données est un droit garanti par le RGPD, il demeure difficile de relever le défi sur un plan technologique. *Les infos clés de l'appel* Mono-partenaire ou consortiumOuvert aux établissements publics, entreprises ou associations, chercheurs, étudiantsJusqu'à 50 équipes soutenues à l'issue de l'appel Clôture de l'appel le 20 avril 2020 Soutiens apportés : jusqu’à 150 000€ de subvention Inscription: https://app.livestorm.co/cap-digital-1/webinar-dinformation-aap-dapsi-ngi

DAPSI OPEN CALL #1 WEBINAR#1 | GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS

We are pleased to invite you to our first webinar – this is a great opportunity to learn more about the Data Portability and Services Incubator, the application process, evaluation criteria, and programme details. The team will be ready to answer all your queries. You can ask us anything! The webinar will be on Monday, March 16 @ 15:00 pm (CEST). Some topics we’ll cover What is DAPSIWhich are the data portability challengesHow to apply These and many more questions will be addressed during our webinar! Reserve your seat via F6S now. This is the link to reserve your seat via F6S: https://www.f6s.com/dapsiopencall1-webinar1-guideforapplicants JOIN US! You can access the webinar through this link: 📢📢 📢 https://zoom.us/j/2309809162Meeting ID: 230 980 9162One tap mobile+16465588656,,2309809162# US (New York)+16699006833,,2309809162# US (San Jose) Dial by your location        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)Meeting ID: 230 980 9162 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/acHTllIH1O