Smart online platforms will be a vital enabler of future economic growth across the EU and a key component of the EU single digital market. They also promise new ways to pool and mobilise society’s resources with the potential to address various impending social and environmental crises.
However, to reap these benefits, new thinking is required around the regulation and governance of smart online platforms to ensure balanced interests, and to promote fair and safe forms of participation, particularly relating to the role played by algorithms and data in driving economies of scale.
This policy event will provide a forum to address the following questions:
- What are the challenges and opportunities for public policy of Smart Online Platforms?
- How can we leverage platforms for a more equal, just, and knowledgeable society?
- How can platforms play a role in reducing the social divide and retain hard-won rights and protections?
- What are the challenges and opportunities for existing industries from their disruptive business models?
- How should the regulatory environment change and what new regulatory institutions or instruments may be needed?
- How can these technologies support public objectives and help policy makers deliver solutions at greater scale and of greater impact?
This event is being organised by the Smart Society EU FET project which has been exploring technologies and governance models for the next generation of Smart Platforms. The event will include the launch of the Smart Society Social Charter, and high-profile keynote talks.
9.30 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 10.45 Keynote:The landscape of the collaborative economy, Helen Goulden (Nesta)
10.45 - 11.30 Keynote: Responsibility in Collaborative Economies (TBC)
11.30 - 12.00 Coffee
12.00 - 13.00 A Social Charter for Smart Platforms
13.00 - 13.30 Questions and Discussion
13.30 - 14.30 Lunch
14.30 - 15.15 Panel Session
15.15 - 16.00 Closing plenary session
On Friday 21st October a botnet of hacked Internet or Things devices launched a massive DDoS attack on a DNS service provider causing major disruption to services like PayPal, Twitter and Netflix. To many security experts familiar with IoT it was only matter of time before this would happen. Assuming that this will act as a wakeup call, what can be done to improve IoT cybersecurity?
Our Conversation article “Could your kettle bring down the internet?” lists some suggestions.
On 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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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
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.
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.
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?
09.30-10.00 Registration & coffee
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
15.45-16.00 Plenary & way forward
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.