Dialogues Network: Workshop on trust across borders for our digital future 11.11.2020, 10:00-12:00 AM (CET) / 5:00-7:00 PM (HKT)

"What is it we could co-create to make trust across borders part of our digital future?"

This workshop invites you to stop and think about what we, as citizens of the nations of the world, can learn from the COVID-19 crisis and how we want to go forward with respect to our digital future. Together, we will elaborate a message to governments on what we want to keep, leave behind, or do differently.

11.11.2020, (CET) 10-12AM - (HKT) 5-7PM o'clock – Virtual event

This workshop is organized as part of the global #GovAfterShock discussion initiated and organized by the OECD and focuses on the following topic “What is it we could co-create to make trust across borders part of our digital future?” The workshop is jointly organized by the Institute for Public Sector Transformation from the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland) and the innovation agency Flux Compass (Hong Kong). 

The ongoing pandemic has shown that connecting, learning and working virtually is a vital alternative to practices based on physical presence. As we work towards a new normal -  or rather adapt to ongoing flux, it seems that the pace at which virtual worlds are becoming essential parts of our lives has now massively accelerated.

In governing the digital sphere, governments are adopting strategies that are closely tied to national ambitions over security, economics, and sovereignty. Thus, policies about data and digital sovereignty are highly influenced by geopolitics and geoeconomics, leading rather to more fragmentation, than to a common path with respect to data governance. But what are citizens’ views on how digital governance, and especially data governance, is developing?

This workshop aims to give a voice to those - not usually involved in conversations with the government around this topic, and  the opportunity to address a call to action to governments, via the OECD. The discussion will revolve around the three high level questions of the #GovAfterShock event:

  • What do we need to leave behind?
  • What do we want to keep?
  • What should we do differently?

These reading suggestions and podcast may inspire you to participate and prepare you for the discussion:

Target audience

Individual from Switzerland and Hong Kong, including young people, students, professionals and academics, who are not usually privy to policy-making discussions and want to contribute their perspectives and ideas on how to create or co-create trust across borders for our digital future, and make their voices heard by governments.

Once you’ve registered interest, we’ll check the number of free spots at the workshop. Your participation at the workshop will be confirmed via e-mail.


  • Start date 11.11.2020, (CET) 10-12AM - (HKT) 5-7PM o'clock
  • Place Virtual event
  • Status Please register interest. The number of participants is limited to 24 persons
  • Costs Workshop participation is free of charge



Angelina Dungga

Angelina Dungga

Senior Research Associate, Institute for Public Sector Transformation
Bern University of Applied Sciences, Business School

Anna Simpson

Anna Simpson

Director and Chief Innovation Coach, Flux Compass,
Author, The Innovation-Friendly Organization 


Severine Arsene

Dr. Séverine Arsène

Associate Researcher Sciences Po Médialab & The Chinese University of Hong Kong

What should our digital futures look like?

In this talk Dr Arsène will describe how the transnational character of digital tools challenges our ability to feel in control and to trust our digital interactions. To address these difficulties, she will propose three directions for reflection, around concepts of scope, pace, and method: How much of our futures do we want to be digital? How fast, or slow, do we need to move towards our digital futures? And what kind of democratic procedures will ensure that we get the digital futures that we want?


Anna Jobin

Dr. Anna Jobin

Associate Researcher STS Lab (University of Lausanne) & Member of the Swiss Young Academy

Data and values: From the digital present to a digital future

The future is, supposedly, already here, just not evenly distributed. What can we learn from today about a future that is desirable for civil society? People express their values and preferences in many ways. Based on existing phenomena, this talk will present several often overlooked dimensions when it comes to digital technologies and data.



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