PublicSpaces won the Incentive Prize of the Dutch Privacy Awards today. We regard this as a big stimulus to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We’re happy and proud!

From the judge’s report:


There is a lot that goes on online that internet users can’t see and are not aware of. Advertising displayed on the basis of search behavior can be a great annoyance. Meanwhile, we become increasingly dependent on online information gathering, navigation and cloud storage. This makes a few dominant commercial companies ever more powerful.

PublicSpaces is a coalition of public broadcasters and cultural organizations that aim to ‘repair’ the internet by restoring it to a community of users. They try to do so by collaborating with a number of relevant parties and by offering alternatives. In particular, the fact that data so easily ends up across different platforms is a thorn in the eye of PublicSpaces. With open source initiatives and the use of IRMA (‘I Reveal my Attributes’, an open source identity platform which won the same Award last year), the coalition attempts to improve online privacy.

The expert panel wholeheartedly encourages PublicSpaces’ mission.