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COFACE expert meeting on Digitalisation and Training seminar “Analog families in a digital world”

On 1-2 February 2018, COFACE will co-host a meeting on digitalisation in Sofia (Bulgaria) with the Centre for Women’s Studies and Policies.

Digitalisation is transforming our lives bringing along many opportunities but also, many challenges. COFACE Families Europe has been following these issues from various perspectives: child online safety with DG CNECT, the OECD, and the Better Internet for Kids alliance; digital citizenship with the Council of Europe; privacy and data protection; advertising online and also via its own events such as the conference held in Berlin on Digitalisation and the Brussels-based conference “Families on the Move” with a workshop on decentralized technologies.

Alongside strategic internal COFACE meetings on digitalization in Sofia, we will hold an open training/reflection seminar “Analog families in a digital world” between COFACE and Bulgarian stakeholders. It will centre on the impact of decentralized technologies, and be conducted by our digitalization expert Martin Schmalzried.

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Key digital trends: Among the most important trends we find: the progress made in Artificial Intelligence and the so called “decentralized” technologies on the web. While the Internet (the infrastructure) is decentralized (meaning that there was no central point of control), the web, at the level of services and applications provided through the Internet, has undergone a massive centralization. Companies like Google, Amazon, Uber, AirBnB, Facebook and many others own huge data centers with massive quantities of data about users. The “decentralization” movement aims at breaking these centralized services by removing the need for a “middle man” and letting Internet users themselves, take back control over their data and the services they use. Such tools include the development of Blockchain technology and virtual currencies, self-hosting, decentralized social networks or message boards or even widely popular services such as Wikipedia. The benefits they can provide, in terms of inclusion, are huge and include a facilitated access to knowledge, to online presence, and the protection of key digital rights like anonymity, or combating censorship. At the same time, the political implications for our societies are not to be underestimated.

Learning outcomes: At the end of the training, participants will get a better understanding of converging trends in key technology developments such as AI and Blockchain, which will empower them to shape our common future in a positive way. They will have the opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences, and hear about experiences in other European countries. For participants with little or no knowledge of digital matters, they will discover a whole new world…