VIRT-EU - Values and ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in EUrope

Date: 
01/01/2017 to 31/12/2019

Introduction

The networked future promises new relationships between people and artifacts, the private and the public, the individual and the collective. The increased networking capabilities of pervasive technologies mean that of personal data are being produced, analyzed, monetized and connected to other data streams in ways that hold both enormous potential and pose profound challenges for European society.

Recent policy, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation, reflects mounting public concerns around emerging data practices, RRI, data ethics and privacy. VIRT-EU addresses these concerns at the point of design through researching and intervening upon the development cultures and ethics of the next-generation IoT innovators. We ask how do European IoT innovators and developers make ethically consequential decisions – about code, hardware and data – for new connective devices? What assumptions about human behavior, privacy and freedom underpin European cultures of IoT innovation?

Leveraging state of the art collaborative SSH and ICT methodological innovations, VIRT-EU will analyze and map the ethical practices of European hardware and software entrepreneurs, maker and hacker spaces, and community innovators.
Our goals are to

(1) understand how IoT innovators enact ethics as they design future devices and to

(2) generate a new framework for Privacy, Ethical and Social Impact Assessment (PESIA), which will proactively position ethical self-assessments in the development process of IoT technologies.

These tools, informed by legal approaches, data mining, quantitative and qualitative social science and design research serve to secure a place for societal concerns in the generation of new technologies, engaging societal stakeholders in ensuring a digital future which is populated by innovative devices and services that are explicitly aligned with, and conscious of, the ethical and social values held by EU citizens.

Week: 
Wednesday, 14 February, 2018

News

Share your view to identify EU-US priorities on cybersecurity and privacy R&I

The AEGIS project is working to promote cybersecurity and privacy dialogue and cooperation between the US and the EU.

As part of its activities AEGIS is conducting an online survey to identify R&I priorities for EU-US cooperation in cybersecurity and privacy.

Events

28/06/2018
Free Live Cybersecurity Webinar – Cyberwatching.eu: opportunities for CS&P clusters

Cyberwatching.eu launch the first webinar for clusters that are actively working in Cybersecurity and Privacy, in order to share experiences and information on how they can help their members to keep up to date in these sectors.

One of the main goals of cyberwatching.eu project is to take advantage of the results of previous European R&D projects to build new product and services, fostering synergies among different European clusters. In this webinar we will give you an overview of:

10/10/2018 to 11/10/2018
Transatlantic ICT Forum 2018