In order to share knowledge and data in a globalized world, and to build trust in the handling of personal information, the world needs a new digital infrastructure. The Origo programme is developing such an infrastructure as a semantic layer on the Internet, in which knowledge itself will be digitalized, replacing the present system of simply digitizing e.g. documents, images or database entries without reference to the knowledge they represent.
This infrastructure will be a common good, run by a neutral governing body on a strictly non-profit basis. There will be a common platform where information from all parts of society is handled in the same way. Control and integrity of personal data will be guaranteed by storing data per individual, enabling the individual to decide who can access his or her information and for what purpose.
“Effective data protection means putting individuals in control of their personal information: by strengthening existing rights and by increasing access to those rights. The idea is simple. It’s your data. You should have a say in how it is used.”
– Communication from the EU-commission on one of the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)