SDEPS introduces itself

On Friday 9th July at 14:00 CET / 13:00h BST, the SDEPS (Shared Digital European Public Sphere) coalition is having its first public event. We’d love for you to join us.

You maybe wonder what is SDEPS and more importantly why should I be involved? Over the hour-long event, we will explain the background, what’s been done so far and our plans going forward… together. It will be great use of your time on a Friday afternoon!

Here is a brief overview of what to expect: 

  • Introduction to SDEPS: what we are and what we are not
  • Guest speaker: Bill Thompson (BBC R&D) on the past, present and future of the digital public sphere
  • Q&A with Bill
  • Update from the SDEPS working groups (Infrastructure and Advocacy) including how to get involved
  • Q&A
  • Wrap-up

You can register your interest by emailing and we will send you the participation details ahead of the meeting on Friday. If you are interested in joining our collective effort, please read the SDEPS rules of cooperation.


Videos online: SDEPS introduced at PublicSpaces Conference #1

On 11 and 12 March 2021, the first PublicSpaces Conference took place, organised by the Dutch PublicSpaces network, online, of course, but mentally in the Netherlands. Video recordings and summaries are now available.

It started with keynotes by Katja Bego, Paul Keller and Eli Pariser. Next was a number of short project presentations, including an update (starting at 01:13) from the Beyond Platforms Initative by Kemal Görgülü.

The final event of the first day was the Panel discussion on the need for Shared Digital European Public Spaces (SDEPS). The idea of a European SDEPS coalition was publicly introduced here for the first time.

“We want to discuss what constitutes a European public digital infrastructure, what values should be built upon, what its governance should look like and how this can promote democracy and dialogue within European society.”

The discussants were:

  • Paul Tang, MEP, initiator of the AdsZuck campaign of the Socialist and Democrats in the European Parliament aimed at ending the abuse of citizens’ personal data by Big Tech companies

Alek aptly summarised the discussion in the challenge: PSMers meet geeks.

The SDEPS panel starts at 33m 56s.

The second conference day on Friday, 12 March, followed through on the themes of liberating the Internet, mostly focussed on the Netherlands and issues of the imminent national elections, and partly in Dutch. Please see the agenda for links to the various sessions and the PublicSpaces Vimeo page for all of the video recordings.