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Towards a Digital Ecosystem of Trust: Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications

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Start date: 09/03/2022
End date: 09/03/2022
Where: Virtual Event

Background information

The European Union’s vision of a digital ecosystem of trust focuses on fundamental values such as fairness, transparency, and accountability. Aside from the focus on innovation and novel technological solutions, this constitutes a relevant novelty in contrast with the corporate-regulated US model or the state-controlled technological landscape of China and Russia.

In the context of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the need for a strong transnational and safe data processing environment has emerged with great clarity. The assessment of factors that shape the digital ecosystem of trust and dictate responsible data science is at the core of this first SoBigData++ White Paper.

The European Union’s willingness to propel technological development without compromising on legal and ethical standards (associated with the design, development, and implementation of new technologies) leads to a challenge: How are these two factors compatible? How can progress happen despite the barriers placed by the highest legal and ethical principles and requirements?

The SoBigData Research Infrastructure

SoBigData is a research infrastructure built with the aim to provide an integrated ecosystem for scientific discoveries and advanced applications of social data mining, promoting open-source methods and open, ethical datasets to support a new European approach to digital technologies.

The Humane AI Net project is also partner of this specific event

The event will be held online on March 9th, from 15 to 17,30.

If you are willing to join, you can easily register by following this link.



Roberto Viola Portrait
Roberto Viola
Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) - European Commission
Jeroen van den Hoven Portrait
Jeroen van den Hoven
Full professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands)
Brando Benifei Portrait
Brando Benifei
Member of the European Parliament, President of the Spinelli Group and Vice President of the European Movement International
Fosca Giannotti Portrait
Fosca Giannotti
Professor of Computer Science at Scuola Normale Superiore and Researcher at the Information Science and Technology Institute “A. Faedo” of the National Research Council - Pisa (Italy)
Giovanni Comandé Portrait
Giovanni Comandé
Full Professor in Comparative Private Law at Scuola Superiore S. Anna - Pisa (Italy)
Virginia Dignum Portrait
Virginia Dignum
Professor in Social and Ethical AI at Umeå universitet - Umeå (Sweden)
Gry Hasselbalch Portrait
Gry Hasselbalch
Senior Key AI Ethics Expert and Research Lead at - Cofounder and Director of Research at
Maria Savona Portrait
Maria Savona
Professor of Applied Economics at the Department of Economics at LUISS University, Rome and Professor of Economics of innovation at SPRU, Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex, UK.
Josep Domingo-Ferrer Portrait
Josep Domingo-Ferrer
Professor of Computer Science and ICREA-Acadèmia Researcher at Universitat Rovira i Virgili - Tarragona (Catalonia, Spain)
Francesca Pratesi Portrait
Francesca Pratesi
Research Member of the Information Science and Technology Institute of the Italian National Research Council (ISTI-CNR)- Pisa (Italy)


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