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Submission to House of Lords inquiry on “Children and the Internet”

imagevaulthandler-aspxBuilding on the results from our work on the iRights Youth Juries, CaSMa responded to the call for evidence from the to House of Lords Communications Committee “Children and the Internet” inquiry. Following our submission at the end of August, Professor Derek McAuley was invited to give verbal evidence, which took place on October 11th [transcript] [video].

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Submission on behalf of RRI researchers to Commons Sci-Tech Select Committee inquiry on remit of the interim chair of UKRI

rri_wordcloudOn Friday 23 September I attended a workshop on “RRI in the UK: the post Brexit future?” that was organized by Prof. Bernd Stahl (DeMontford U.) to discuss with UK researchers engaged with the Responsible Research and Innovation agenda how the current state of RRI in the UK, and where the research field might head next. One of the stated aims of the workshop was to “look to develop a strategy/roadmap, which enables all UK academics working in this field to feel that there is a way forward” [if/when EU funding for RRI is no longer available post-Brexit].

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Policy Summit – What’s working to foster digital growth

We believe that the digital economy holds enormous opportunities for businesses and societies in Europe, but also poses challenges in areas such as job automation and the impact of the sharing economy. Readie’s Digital Policy Summit in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung takes place on 11 October in Berlin.

Together, delegates from national governments will share practical insights and investigate existing high-quality policies that have the potential to:

  • provide opportunities for entrepreneurs to start up new digital businesses;
  • enable existing businesses to scale using digital technology;
  • create digital growth across Europe which is inclusive and sustainable.

NUCLEUS Field Trip Follow-Up Conference

The NUCLEUS project field trip visit to Nottingham in May stimulated an exciting discussion about the current and future state of Responsible Research and Innovation in the city and region and provided much food for thought. The field trip researchers were highly impressed by the knowledge, experience and commitment of the people they interviewed, while Nottingham proved to be the ideal environment in which to explore the relationship between RRI and public policy making. We’re delighted with the feedback we have had from the NUCLEUS team and on behalf of the Stemcity partnership I would like to extend my grateful thanks to all of you who gave up your time to take part in the programme and also to those who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the interviews happen.

The field trip identified a number of common themes emerging from the interviews including:

  • Nottingham has a very positive culture of partnership working between its research institutions and public policy makers
  • However if RRI partnerships are to realise their potential dedicated management is needed
  • Nottingham has an opportunity to be a ‘living lab’ in order to test bed new RRI approaches

Follow-up conference
In order to interrogate these findings in more detail a follow-up conference will take place on Friday 7th October from 9.30am – 1.30pm at the Council House.  Through group workshops and plenary discussion we will explore:

  • Strengthening local partnership working
  • Developing test beds for new RRI approaches
  • The impact of Brexit on UK RRI

Co-hosted by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Trent University the conference is free to attend and a buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Attendance is not limited to NUCLEUS field trip participants and we welcome registrations from other interested colleagues and partners. However places are limited to 40 so please confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

Consent tech: creating sustainable Real Consent

This event is being organised by the Personal Data & Trust Network’s ‘consent’ working group, which is co-chaired by Mark Lizar and Richard Beaumont. The group’s focus is on innovating and engineering consent at scale for personal data sharing. The last event Real Consent and a Look at Trust was held in May, which delved deep into the systemic issues underlying current technology for consent and trust for personal data sharing.

This next event will present emerging and established consent tech as well as the consent tech summer projects inspired by the Real Consent workshop series. Including:

  • Digital Catapult’s concierge system upgrade, including the first ever digital consent receipt issued for physical spaces, provided to new visitors upon signing in

Agenda*
10:00 – Arrive and refreshments
10:30 – Welcome, introductions, overview of Digital Catapult’s Personal Data & Trust Network (Mark Lizar and Community Manager, Personal Data & Trust Network, Kathryn Geels)
10:45 – Digital Catapult implementation of consent receipts (Lead Technologist, Personal Data and Trust, Digital Catapult, Michele Nati)
11:05 – MyData 2016 conference – report and Consent Tech Hackathon Project (Technologist and Track Lead, MyData Architecture, Harri Honko @harrihonko)
11:35 – Coalition – consent tech for behavioural data (Director, Coelition, Joss Langford @data2life)
12:00 – Showcase of prototypes for Real Consent
12:30 – Networking lunch
13:30 – The OPC: Open Consent (Mark Lizar @smartopian)
14:00 – User-Managed Access (UMA) (specialist in Cloud security, privacy and trust, Maciej Machulak @mmachulak)
14:30 – Trust and verify framework (research associate and Professor of Law, Dr. Nicolo Zingales @TechJust)
15:00 – Consent and dissent to personal data usage: case studies (Mathematician, Paul-Olivier Dehaye @podehaye)
15:25 – Consentua (Founder Directer KnowNow Information, Chris Cooper @knownowinfo)
15:45 – Discussion
16:05 – Closing remarks and next steps
16:15 – Finish

We’ll be discussing with workshop participants who are interested, to investigate how the consent-based personal data-sharing ecosystem could grow and what could be the joint action to develop such an ecosystem. This will be with the requisite that they are members of the Personal Data & Trust Network.

This workshop is aimed at people working in SMEs, social enterprises, service and solutions providers, consumer-focused organisations, public bodies, research bodies and funding organisations who share the value of and want to help develop these interventions and interested in pledging to adopt consent receipts and the open consent framework.

We anticipate that those attending will be/become members of the Personal Data & Trust Network prior to the event. You can join at http://pdtn.org. The PD&TN will be the first to test, try out and get access to use the prototypes being produced.

RRI in the UK: the post BREXIT future?

We would like to invite you to a day workshop to discuss the current state of RRI in the UK, and where the research field might head next. We are looking to develop a strategy/roadmap, which enables all UK academics working in this field to feel that there is a way forward. Therefore, we envisage that this will be an open and interactive discussion, that will allow participants to co-design the agenda and therefore the outcomes.

Venue

University College London (UCL)

Who Should Attend?

  • People doing research directly on and with RRI
  • Researchers interested in topics connected to RRI
  • Research funders and policy makers who recognise the significance of RRI

Why you should attend

  • Contribute to the building of an RRI community in the UK
  • Contribute to the discussion over the future of RRI funding in the UK
  • Shape the future strategy for research policy in RRI
  • Develop strategies to embed the UK RRI community within the wider global context

Therefore, in this workshop we ask you to join us with the aim to discuss 2 fundamental questions:

  • Where next for RRI research and funding, post-Brexit and the proposed exit from the European frameworks?
  • What, as a network of RRI interested organisations in the UK, can we do together to shape the RRI landscape, in particular over the next 2 to 5 years?

Draft Agenda

09.30-10.00 Registration & coffee

10.00-10.15 Welcome

10.15-11.15 Keynote: The relevance of Brexit to RRI in the UK and beyond – Richard Owen, University of Exeter

11:15-13:00 Breakout groups: Causes and consequences of Brexit

13.00-14.00 Buffet lunch

14.00-15.30 Open Space session: ideas for future action

15.30-15.45 Break

15.45-16.00 Plenary & way forward

16.00 End

This event is jointly organised by the STS Department of UCL and the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility of De Montfort University. It is supported by the RRI-Tools and Responsible-Industry projects.

Data for Policy 2016: Frontiers of Data Science for Government – Ideas, Practices and Projections

Data Science is emerging as a key interdisciplinary research field to address major contemporary challenges across sectors. Particular focus on the government sector offers huge potentials to advance citizen services and collective decision-making processes. To reflect the diversity of skills and knowledge required to tackle challenges in this domain, the conference offers an open discussion forum for all stakeholders. We invite individual and/or group submissions from all relevant disciplines and application domains. Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Government & Policy: Digital era governance and citizen services, public demand vs. government response, using data in the policy process, open source and open data movements, policy laboratories, citizen expertise for government, public opinion and participation in democratic processes, distributed data bases and data streams, information and evidence in policy context, case studies and best practices.
  • Policy for Data & Management: Data collection, storage, and access; psychology/behaviour of decision; privacy, trust, public rights, free speech, ethics and law; data security/ownership/linkage; provenance, curation, expiration; private/public sector/non-profit collaboration and partnership, etc.
  • Data Analysis: Computational procedures for data collection, storage, and access; large-scale data processing, dealing with biased/imperfect/uncertain data, human interaction with data, statistical/computational models, technical challenges, communicating results, visualisation, etc.
  • Methodologies: Qualitative/quantitative/mixed methods, gaps in theory and practice, secondary data analysis, web scraping, randomised controlled trials, sentiment analysis, Bayesian approaches and graphical models, biologically inspired models, real-time and historical data processing, simulation and modeling, small area estimation, correlation & causality based models, and other relevant methods.
  • Data Sources: Government administrative data, official statistics, commercial and non-profit data, user-generated web content (blogs, wikis, discussion forums, posts, chats, tweets, podcasting, pins, digital images, video, audio files, advertisements, etc.), search engine data, data gathered by connected people and devices (e.g. wearable technology, mobile devices, Internet of Things), tracking data (including GPS/geolocation data, traffic and other transport sensor data, CCTV images etc.,), satellite and aerial imagery, and other relevant data sources.
  • Policy/Application Domains: Security, health, cities, public administration, economy, science and innovation, finance, energy, environment, social policy areas (education, migration, etc.) and other relevant domains.

Data for Policy 2016 Conference Programme is available here!

Social Media platforms, Algorithm tools & Editorial responsibility

EditorialResponsibilityOn Tuesday August 30th (2016), it was reported that the German government had asked Facebook to remove hateful and illegal posts more quickly, as part of its corporate social responsibility. Social Media companies however are typically reluctant to be very proactive in their approach to such removal, preferring to rely on notifications from the users, because they do not want to be seen to edit the content that is shared since this might lead to them being labelled a publisher. The moment a social media company becomes a publisher it would become liable to media regulations and open to libel laws. This was also the position that Zuckerberg reaffirmed one day earlier during a Q&A in Italy where he said: “No, we’re a tech company, we’re not a media company,” Facebook builds “the tools, we do not produce any of the content.”

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