Task Force 5: Policy and Societal

  • Posted on: 30 September 2021
  • By: Mattia Trino

Task Force 5 aim is to structure the debate and members’ opinions on a number of relevant issues in the domain of Policy & Societal implications related to Big Data–driven innovations. The task force will achieve its objectives by:

  • Identify relevant topics of interest:
    • Monitoring activities in the Big Data R&I ecosystem, more specifically CSA projects that address topics relating to the Taskforces goals
    • Monitoring developments in legal implementation and public debate in the Member States
    • Select and briefly describe topics to be addressed
  • Structure the debate and members’ opinions:
    • Create overviews and analyses for the chosen topic
    • Survey and interview BDVA / DAIRO members on the identified topics
    • Providing input to the BDVA /DAIRO SRIA and other dissemination activities (such as Summits)
    • Dissemination of insights and results (whitepapers, presentations)
  • Support other BDVA / DAIRO activities
    • Review and contribute to position papers of other taskforces

The TF’s scope is broad; choices have to be made in order to get real results. Therefore, the strategy is to select one topic at a time, and to elaborate that single topic, resulting in a BDVA / DAIRO position paper, whitepaper, response to a consultation, track on a conference, or other results.

Focus and activities

This Task Force contributes to BDVA / DAIRO to address not only technological developments in Big Data, but also identify a number of topics that are policy-related, legal, or societal and linked to such technological developments. Hence, while data-driven innovations hold great promises for the advancement of society, a growing debate on non-technological aspects of these innovations can be observed. This debate drives policy-making, legislation, and public opinion. The key to responsible research and innovation is a dialogue between researchers, technology developers, policy makers, and end users. 

TF5.Policy & Societal follows closely the European Commission policy-making, with a particular focus on the data-driven innovation aspects of the Path to the Digital Decate Strategy (2020 - 2030).

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Natalie Bertels
KU Leuven