Building Trust in the Digital Economy Workshop


Online workshop, July 29 2020 10:30-16:30 CET

EO information services are undergoing a major change due to rapid technological developments. Cloud computing is now a central element of broadening the use of satellite imagery, such as Earth observation data (EO), for scientific, social and economic purposes. This shift to platform-based economy has implications concerning the scope of protection afforded by intellectual property and contract law to EO-derived products and services within the cloud computing environment.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned a team of experts to explore the legal and technical frameworks that underpin this new data and computing ecosystem. The aim of the workshop is to present preliminary findings to the relevant stakeholders and further develop important insights into business needs of EO companies.

Throughout focused sessions, panel discussions and break-out rooms the experts will informally assess the existing initiatives and articulate recommendations to increase users’ confidence in adequate protection for their products and services in the cloud. This will provide the basis for identifying potential constraints or gaps in legal protection required for upscaling commercial use of EO data, as well as opportunities provided by technical solutions, such as using blockchain to record transactions, which will be tested in the technical implementation phase of the project. We further envisage the workshop
to harness the involvement across legal, EO, blockchain and cloud computing communities, users and contributors.

The programme is available here