iRights.Lab at the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Trans­port and Dig­i­tal Infrastructure’s 2nd mFUND Con­fer­ence in Berlin

Dirk Michael Deckbar / Event Consult GmbH

With the motto “Data as the engine for mobil­i­ty 4.0,” the 2nd mFUND Con­fer­ence, orga­nized by the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Trans­port and Dig­i­tal Infra­struc­ture (BMVI) took place in Berlin on Octo­ber 16 and 17, 2018. Hav­ing worked as a part­ner on the research accom­pa­ny­ing mFund 2018, iRights.Lab was given the oppor­tu­ni­ty to mod­er­ate the con­fer­ence.

The conference’s goal was to act as a plat­form for the ation of project results and the dis­cus­sion of inno­va­tions and prospec­tive is in con­nec­tion with the over­ar­ch­ing research ini­tia­tive. A total of more than 30 forums and work­shops were offered.

The approx­i­mate­ly 500 par­tic­i­pantsinclud­ed a broad audi­ence of experts with back­grounds in pol­i­tics, sci­ence, and busi­ness, rep­re­sent­ing asso­ci­a­tions, munic­i­pal­i­ties, trans­port com­pa­nies and a large num­ber of start-ups, all of whom par­tic­i­pat­ed active­ly in the talks and dis­cus­sions.

Speak­ers on the stage includ­ed Par­lia­men­tary State Sec­re­tary Stef­fen Bil­ger, MdB, as well as iRights.Lab direc­tor Philipp Otto, whose talk empha­sized the impor­tance of the effi­cient and secure han­dling of data in busi­ness, admin­is­tra­tion and civil soci­ety. At the same time, he pre­sent­ed some results from the accom­pa­ny­ing research con­duct­ed by iRights.Lab for mFUND and referred, among other things, to the sec­ond Data Gov­er­nance Report, which was pub­lished at the con­fer­ence and which you can down­load here.

After open­ing the con­fer­ence, iRights.Lab orga­nized sev­er­al work­shops on top­ics includ­ing “The basic fea­tures of data pro­tec­tion and the rel­e­vance of pri­va­cy,” and dis­cussed, among other things, the imple­men­ta­tion of and com­pli­ance with the EU’s Gen­er­al Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) and the need tointer­nalize the prin­ci­ples of data pro­tec­tion. The Data Gov­er­nance Forum, also host­ed by iRights.Lab, focussed on empow­er­ing gov­ern­ments and busi­ness­es to cre­ate their own rules and struc­tures for han­dling the data they man­age and use, while ensur­ing its pro­tec­tion and secu­ri­ty.

A detailed report on the con­fer­ence can be found on the BMVI web­site.

Impres­sions of the con­fer­ence can be found in our Flickr Gallery.