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?