Roadmap Proposal for Digital Sovereignty (Chile) 5/5

Roadmap Proposal for Digital Sovereignty (Chile) 5/5

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Proposal elaborated with the support of the Saber Futuro Foundation.

Digital Sovereignty is a different way of doing State, that puts technologies at the service of people's well-being, integrity, and security. Its most important success indicator is a demonstrable improvement in the well-being of users.

Not to be confused with the so-called digital government, whose focus has been more in digitising bureaucracy (how) than in effectively reducing it (why).

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Infrastructure for personal and general interest data

We will set up an ecosystem for the development of open source infrastructures for the secure collection and processing of data, and we will set rules for how they can be used to protect people's privacy:

  • A "Digital Health Sheet" that lets people control who can see their data and make sure it is sent in a safe, legal way and for a legitimate purpose.
  • A "Business API" that lets administrations access and share business data, so that they don't have to give the State information that it already has.
  • A "Health and Epidemiological Data Bank" that can be used for scientific research to improve the country's ability to make a "open source" vaccine in the medium term.

Critical data infrastructure

The "Public Data Service" will be run to make sure that "pivotal data" are free and always available. These data are important for creating economic and social value, evaluating public policies, and improving public services:

  • A "National Directory of Addresses" updated by both the government and the public, like OpenStreetMap, along with a "National Directory of Emergency Centres" and a "API for Real-Time Geolocation of Emergency Services," will allow to improve attention times (urgency and emergencies).

Public data infrastructure, source codes, algorithms and API's

A "Public Information Flow Policy" will be supported by four "social networks": ApiGob, DatosGob, CódigosGob, and AlgoritmosGob. These networks will make it easier to reuse and improve public information:

  • The regular release of open data about the pandemic and the source code of the State's services will give both the government and civil society the tools they need to make useful services, such as national and territorial monitoring charts, simulations of the effects of vaccinations, services that help optimise vaccination schedules in each commune, etc.

Trust infrastructure

A public-private ecosystem for storing and processing data in the "cloud" will be strengthened with a certification system for companies that instal servers on national territory and use eco-friendly methods. We will also set rules for how personal data can be processed and sent outside of Chile:

  • A policy of "State Algorithmic Accountability" that ensures that the use of public algorithms - serving the general interest - is explicit, transparent and justified to individuals and that these are explained, documented and published in open source.
  • A Digital Privacy Hub policy that makes the country a regional leader in security and privacy, bringing in foreign investment and stopping digital talent from leaving the country.

Rules as code infrastructure

The laws about taxes, social programmes, customs tariffs, pensions, and financing for businesses will be turned into "computer code" to make calculations easier and, where possible, even automate the application process:

  • The existence of a "One Stop Shop for Social Entitlements" that lets people know if they are eligible for all of these programmes based on a single simulation, with an explanation of how the calculations are made and the option to get all of their entitlements with a single application.
  • An "API Finance and Regulations" that will make it easier for businesses to access to public funding and to meet their regulatory obligations.
  • An open "micro-simulation" platform to allow government and academia to conduct counterfactual impact studies of public policy reforms.

Last update: 30/12/2022.


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