Xenith Dinner
February 24, 2015 | Berlin

How can we reduce our dependence on Silicon Valley and regain control of our data?

Our keynote speaker at XENITH DINNER, Christoph Keese, EVP Axel Springer SE, emphasized that the greatest opportunities within the network economy are brought together through digital platforms like: Google, Facebook, iTunes, Kindle and Airbnb. Disruption brings together supply and demand via a centralized platform, dominating and concentrating the forces and profit within the industry to a central few.

Germany and Europe have played the role of the spectator with the rapid development in Silicon Valley.

Attendees of the XENITH DINNER agreed on three ideas to reduce our dependence on Silicon Valley and regain control of our data:

Early adoption of the European General Data Protection Regulation would be an important first step to empower European digital natives.

And eventhough a vibrant #PrivacyEconomy scene is growing in London and Berlin, the funding power lags behind the Valley. In order to reduce this dependence, it’s time to start pushing for private investors to commit venture capital beyond Silicon Valley.

And relying on services that use open standards, offered by multiple vendors, gives us control over our own data and ultimately the digital destiny before us. Only when this choice is made, can we preserve our digital independence and freedom to choose how our digitial lives evolve to remain connected in a meaningful way.
Provocation

SILICON VALLEY - WHAT IS HEADED OUR WAY FROM THE MOST POWERFUL VALLEY IN THE WORLD

Christoph Keese, EVP Axel Springer SE

Purpose

TRUSTED CLOUD SERVICES CAN BE ONLY BE REALIZED WITH OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE

Rafael Laguna, CEO Open-Xchange

Point-of-View

FULL CONTROL – COMMUNICATION AND DOCUMENT EXCHANGE WITH 550,000 MEMBERS

Conrad Schaetz, Lohnsteuerhilfe Bayern e. V.