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In a smart society, governments work on data-driven solutions to improve the liveability, quality and competitiveness of society. In the Netherlands this is made possible by our digital infrastructure, which is one of the best in the world, that is driving the digitalisation of society forward vigorously.
But how do you, as a government - local, national and European - deal with the immense challenges we now face? Climate, sustainability, a resilient economy, corona and racism are high on the political agenda. And all this in a digital society where people live in filter bubbles and opinions of individualists can go viral in no time. In such a dynamic environment, how can policymakers form and steer policy in a responsible way? What ICT applications are available to the government?
If the current corona crisis has made anything clear, it is that for a manageable Dutch smart society it is crucial to invest more in ICT technologies such as XR, AI, quantum technology and federated cloud services to enable working at a distance, caring at a distance, education at a distance and less travel to develop further.
It is precisely ICT that can take on this cross-sectoral, international and innovative role, making it possible for the government to listen to deviating sounds and voices in the digital society when they unite online. And it can help organise and signal to achieve a real social impact.
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It goes without saying that you want this data to be stored securely and only temporarily. At the moment, there is too much dependence on big data on non-European servers. That is why TNO has joined the European Cloud platform Gaia-X with a large number of knowledge partners. Gaia-X doesn't develop Cloud infrastructure itself, but draws up 'ethical' guidelines, policy and technical documentation with which companies in the smart society can exchange and store data under European rules. This is the only way to enable responsible data analytics on local platforms where data is only temporarily stored.
Our governments can now take and continue to take a leading role in preparing our society even better for the challenging future of ICT as a key technology. The use of data and algorithms for societal applications is expected only to increase. We can only build on this if we have the certainty of the right information and expertise, which is reliable and can be viewed in the right context.
TNO is working hard on innovative ICT solutions that both improve analyses and enable their responsible use. smart interrelationships can be created using Big (Open) Data in combination with Artificial Intelligence (AI), for example. At all these levels, TNO participates as a knowledge partner in the innovations that are needed, often on the basis of public-private partnerships. If you would you like more information, contact Jean-Louis Roso.