Workshop III: Unfolding opportunities from the use of APIs in Europe - regulatory perspective (EU data strategy, GDPR, PSD2)

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Published on: 01/02/2021

Event: Unfolding opportunities from the use of APIs in Europe - API4IPS event series III

This workshop was the third event of the API4IPS series, where disparate API stakeholders gather to discuss relevant issues about technical, organizational, and governance API-related issues.  

On this occasion, worldwide renowned API experts, policymakers, innovators, and practitioners from the private and public sector discussed APIs' role in current European regulatory contexts and those to come. 



Watch the event again here, and read the summary on EU Science Hub.

3:00 - 3:15: Introduction [European Commission, APIdays]

3:15 – 3:45: The European Data Strategy

Nestor Duch Brown, Research Leader at the Digital Economy Unit of the European Commission, Nestor presented the landscape of European data governance regulatory initiatives. Slides.

3:45 - 4:15: The state of GDPR portability

François Xavier CAO, co-founder of presented the highlights of a study on the implementation status of Article 20 of GDPR (data portability). Slides.

4:15 - 4:45: Industry-led vs Regulatory led API regulations

Prof. Markos Zachariadis, Full Professor and Greensill Chair in Fintech & Information Systems (Alliance Manchester Business School), provided a comprehensive analysis of APIs' role in the banking/finance sector's innovation after the enforcement of PSD2. Slides.

4:45 - 5:45: Discussion panel: APIs' role in data regulatory processes


Mehdi Medjaoui, founder of APIDays Conferences, author of the book Continuous API management, and former co-founder of API Identity platform


Kin Lane, author and influencer of, Chief API evangelist at Postman, former presidential innovation fellow on APIs for the Barack Obama administration;

Tyler Singletary, COO at Tagboard, former VP and director of Platform at Klout, expert and influencer on the politics of APIs and platforms;

Mark Boyd, author, co-author of many Industry reports on APIs for Banking or APIs for Governments, and founder of the API economy analyst


There were lively discussions around aspects such as:

  1. The limits to data portability and its implementation,
  2. The applicability of API neutrality concept in data governance processes,
  3. The value of data and how APIs can contribute to its distribution,
  4. Attitude towards the eminent regulation of the Technology sector.


You can find the technical report summarising the highlights of the discussion here.



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3:00 - 3:15: Introduction [European Commission, APIdays]
3:15 – 3:45: The European Data Strategy. Nestor Duch Brown (Research Leader Digital Economy Unit – European Commission)
3:45 - 4:15: The state of GDPR portability. François Xavier CAO (co-founder of
4:15 - 4:45: Industry-led vs Regulatory led API regulations. Prof. Markos Zachariadis (Alliance Manchester Business School)
4:45 - 5:45: Discussion panel moderated by Mehdi Medjaoui (APIdays co-founder)

- Kin Lane (the API evangelist) and Tyler Singletary (Tagboard) on "API Neutrality";
- Mark Boyd (CEO of Platformable) on "Open APIs for Equal opportunity for business and governments

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Wed, 24/02/2021 - 19:31

a very informative session!! thank you for organising!


Thu, 25/02/2021 - 09:00

Thank you for your interest Victoria