About the program 'Responsible Innovation. Designing for Public Values in a Digital World'
In collaboration with the municipality of The Hague and the Ministries of the Interior & Kingdom Relations, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Security & Justice, NWO has developed a programme for scientific research that meets the knowledge questions of the partners in the programme and as yet unanswered research questions in this field. The research agenda is characterised by the interaction between public values and digital technology. The key question is how to safeguard public values in digital projects.
Big Data, artificial intelligence (AI), internet and the internet of things, blockchain, robotics and innovations in the digital terrain can be used constructively and responsibly to solve problems and to realise shared values and ideals. However, digital technology can also be used to support malicious parties in the realisation of their goals. In recent years, it has become clear what the role of digital technologies can be in undermining democratic processes, for manipulating and influencing citizens and consumers, attacking telecom, energy and civil infrastructure, disrupting payment traffic, and weaponisation.
In this digital age, it is of the utmost importance that municipalities and government ministries pay due consideration to public values in their policy. The research agenda "Responsible innovation. Designing for public values in the digital world" forms the basis for this call. This agenda ties in with the knowledge questions of these parties and as yet unanswered research questions in this area, and is characterised by the interaction between public values and digital technology.
The agenda consists of four themes:
- New digital technology in the modern constitutional state
- Privacy and human rights in new digital networks
- Big data science for a democratic public space
- Complexity due to hyper-connectivity for public and private actors