Amendments and Proposals for the „Technological Sovereignty“ chapter


Submitted by the Coordinators of the Tech Policy Paper (Kate McCurdy, Christoph Schneider, David Schwertgen, Joren de Wachter)

Open Social Media & Platform Standard

We demand a social-media- and platform-standard that allows you to share whatever you want with your family and friends without the risk to unknowingly share it with third parties. Therefore we consider it mandatory for services like e.g. twitter, instagram and facebook to supply interfaces (e.g. a uniform simple document upload format) so that users could safely access their social media contacts without having to reveal more information than necessary.

Privacy by design and by default

We demand Privacy by design and Privacy by default as a mandatory standard for all hardware and software developed, sold and used in the EU. By this we ensure that hard- and software will be constructed and maintained safe and secure during all stages of production and design.

Cyber Security

· We demand to stop the common practice of state agencies to obtain, collect, create and store so called zero-day exploits (knowledge about flaws in security of products that are not known to the public or the vendor of the product and thus cannot be fixed by the vendor).

· We furthermore propose to publicly fund security research and create incentives for individuals that help find and/or fix software vulnerabilities.

Data and Metadata Protection

We will fight for rules that will prevent others to steal sensitive data, track user location, weaken the security of tablets, smartphones and computers and deliver user data to law enforcement agency and private companies without the users knowledge and without a proper court order.

Democratising Algorithms and Data

We believes that citizens have a right to know who collects what data about them for which purposes using which algorithms. And we believe that citizens have a right to democratic control over their data and the algorithms that use their data. Our short-term measures towards democratising algorithms and data:

· End involuntary data trading - Restrict the sale or access of individual data to third parties unless the individual explicitly consents

· Restrict government or corporate surveillance of the public

· Open and secure public data commons instead of vast private data collections

· Algorithmic Accountability

· Right of interaction - Citizens have the right to know when they are or are not interacting with an algorithm.

· Right of equal treatment - Citizens have the right to be free from algorithmic discrimination.

Free and Open Software / Digital Commons

· Knowledge, R&D and innovation that are funded by public money should remain “common”.

· Any software code whose development is funded by public money should be made available under Free and Open Source licenses.

· Public authorities must switch, where possible, to using free and open source software.

Right to Repair / Open Standards

· Introduce a fundamental “Right to Repair”

· Introduce the principle of Open Standards


· Add a “Fair Use” clause to the current Copyright with broad application, based on freedom of speech.

· Reverse the burden of proof in copyright: unless something can be shown to be clearly under copyright, it must be in the public domain.

· the draft EU Copyright Directive must be fundamentally reviewed, in order to obtain much more balanced rights of users, re-users, creators and innovators.

Tax Treatment of Intellectual Property

Any preferential tax treatment of royalties or other income deriving from Intellectual Property, such as lower tax rates or higher exemptions on such income, must immediately be withdrawn.

Tech Education

Modify education curricula to include principles of knowledge towards „technological sovereignty“: Teaching the basic principles that underpin technology and the relationship between technology and society

Democratic Decision Making on Technology

The debate around technology should be open to all. Public authorities should invest in order to ensure that the debate on how technology is regulated is done by all stakeholders (consumers, the public at large, public authorities) and provide sufficient information and transparency on the process to ensure that proper debate is possible. Initiatives for technology assessment and public participation in science and technology need to be strengthened and in some cases made mandatory.

Public Research and Innovation Funding

We have to put European citizens in charge of public funding decisions: research and innovation need to become accountable to citizens and their needs and expectations.

For this purpose we propose a Participatory Budgeting Platform for Research and Innovation. On this platforms citizens would „crowdfund“ proposed projects with virtual money – e.g from the EUs „Horizon Europe“ Fund with its 100 Billion € budget.

Change Remark:

In the New Deal for Technological Sovereignty Section I, ii the ES program speaks of “protection against data extraction”. We would suggest to replace the word “extraction” by “feudalism”.

These are handpicked short-term measures from the 1st draft of the Tech Policy Paper .
If you miss sth make sure to submit your feedback/proposals until Sunday September 30th!