31.01.2022 – 13:34
Conference on the Future of Europe
The goal is ambitious: the one presented in October 2019 Projekt Gaia-X it is about making Europe’s digitization less dependent on the powerful IT corporations from the USA and China. The flood of data is getting bigger and bigger. Therefore, on the initiative of France and Germany, a joint concept for data management is now being worked on. In the future, data should be openly networked with each other. There is particular interest from business, science and administration who want to use the new infrastructure in the areas of mobility, health, energy and in digitized Industry 4.0.
Openness, transparency and trust
The architecture of Gaia-X is based on the principle of decentralization. The project is named after the ancient Greek deity Gaia, Mother Earth. Gaia-X is the result of a multitude of individual platforms that all follow a uniform standard. Common basis are the values of openness, transparency and trust. So it is not a new cloud that is being created, but a networked system that connects many providers of cloud services with each other. “The goal is a digital ecosystem in Europe,” said the then German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier.
Germany will provide almost 200 million euros for the project over the next few years. At the second summit on the Gaia-X project in November 2021 in Milan, however, there was also criticism of excessive bureaucratic structures and a lack of concrete implementation. The relationship with the large international IT companies is also unclear. So much remains to be done.
The European data trustee EuroDaT starts
A next step for the operational implementation of the digital infrastructure lies in the establishment of the European data trustee “EuroDaT”, which is funded by the German federal government. Data trustees are central building blocks for ensuring European data sovereignty. EuroDaT is based on the Gaia-X digital ecosystem framework. Numerous other European countries have now joined this originally Franco-German initiative.
With the support of the EuroDaT consortium by the German federal government, concrete application examples for Gaia-X will be realized from 2022 to 2024. In the first half of 2022, EuroDaT will offer, among other things, services for the evaluation of sensitive data from companies, the public sector or research institutions.
More on the conference topic “Digital Transformation” Find out in the Futur-EU Podcast: Economist Walter Palmetshofer explains the potential of data. You can find out more about how Europe regulates the use of artificial intelligence and data protection in the EU in the articles by the FuturEU team.
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