Data-Centric Digital Rights


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The DCDR Framework is currently a work in progress.


The DCDR Framework is the basis for TIOF's DCDR advocacy.

The Framework

The DCDR Framework is composed of a number of components that are interconnected and building upon each other.
Combined, they provide the necessary tools to support technologists in understanding the underlying interactions between the physical and the digital worlds.
The DCDR Framework provides the foundation for the rest of the DCDR components
The DCDR Framework structure
The DCDR Framework is structured upon 3 Levels representing different conceptualizations. Each Level helps sustaining the propositions made in the upper level.
DCDR Framework Levels interconnection


Basic Premises

  • Citizen-centric [WHY?]
  • Digital Spaces (which can be many) are a result, and thus dependent of the Physical Space (which is unique) [WHY?]

Layer I

This level provides an structure on the nature of a Space. It describes the fundamentals of what composes a Space and the interactions happening within it.

Layer II

This level provides a list of DCDR Components on the bases of the objects existing in a Space.

Layer III

This level describes the DCDR Framework, a macro view of how the DCDR Components are to interact to architect digital spaces that respond to the DCDR Principles.

Licensing and distribution

As all materials created by The IO Foundation, the DCDR Framework is published under TIOF Public Licensing Model.


The DCDR Framework, as any other component of the DCDR advocacy, is subjected to improvements.

How to contribute

Anyone wishing to submit an improvement to the DCDR Framework, can do so via the DCDR Framework folder in the DCDR repository.


  • Establish a working group to research on the DCDR Framework
  • Produce a research paper documenting the DCDR Framework
  • Design a syllabus for the dissemination of the DCDR Framework
  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the research results
  • Serve as the basis for the Sagan Oath
  • Incorporate the research's results in the Universal Declaration of Digital Rights