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Ethical Digital Standards: A Policy ToolKit

– Barcelona City Council

  • Toolkit
  • Posted by Good ID team (Good ID)
  • Via Malcolm Bain and Francesca Bria
  • 22 January 2020

In September 2017, Barcelona City Council published an open source toolkit, to help other cities develop digital policies which put citizens at the center and make governments more open, transparent, and collaborative

The Barcelona City Council Open Digitisation Plan sets out its aims for radical improvement in digital public services.

The toolkit is based on the council’s Ethical Digital Standards, which cover data sovereignty, free software, open standards, developing digital services in an agile manner, and ensuring privacy, ethics, and security by design.

The plan ultimately aims to:

put people first in the design of government services and reinforces their digital rights

And by transforming public contracting, the city hopes to promote innovation in local industry and strengthen small and medium-sized technology companies.

Barcelona City Council has also created a Sharing Cities Alliance, to collectively negotiate with digital companies such as Uber and Airbnb that have had controversial impacts on the City. 

This toolkit provides an excellent resource for anyone concerned with digital policy and the key components of Good ID thinking. 

This will lay the foundations for a people-centric digital future, so that cities can access a policy toolkit that will enable them to develop technologies and platforms based on citizens’ rights to bring long term societal innovation

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