We invite you to submit your paper for the “Ethics by Design” track of the 4TU.Ethics Biannual Conference “The Ethics of Disruptive Technologies”co-organised by SIENNA and SHERPA, two EU projects studying the ethical and human rights aspects of AI, big data, robotics, human enhancement and...

Contemporary terrorist and criminal organizations increasingly exploit the Internet to spread their message and gain support throughout the world, using the Web as a communication tool, in particular for recruitment and propaganda activities, but also for disinformation, raising funds, organisation, planning, and financial transactions. As part...

Recent years have seen some improvement in how we address or speak about mental health. Awareness about mental health issues is growing among businesses as it has become clear that mental health at work is especially important not only for the development, potential and wellbeing...

What are the key challenges in crisis management technology that can be better tackled by adopting an ethical approach? Challenges in using data for crisis response Crises and disasters are increasingly understood to be complex events that require data from across borders and disciplinary understandings to build...

When a disaster occurs, functioning interoperability could mean the difference between life and death, particularly when there is a need for international or cross border responses; for example when responding to threats such as climate change related natural hazards and international terrorism. Developing and implementing standards...

Trilateral’s Data Science team has built interactive cloud-based dashboards to bring data-driven insights into modern slavery risk assessments. Trilateral Research is working in conjunction with the UK’s Ministry of Defence on Project Solebay, funded by Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). The aim of the project is...

Gender equality is a fundamental value and an essential part of European research and innovation policy. At Trilateral we feel privileged to be part of the newly launched Horizon 2020 GEARING-Roles project, in which we will be working closely with our partners to promote more...

Fake news have the power to build a misleading representation of reality posing a threat to our security and safety and forcing us to consider how we can build trust in information. The ability for users to generate, share and engage with social media content means...

Child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse remain challenging issues for law enforcement and local authorities in the UK due to the hidden nature of these crimes. Risk assessments tools, which can be similar to questionnaires, enable the categorisation of cases as “low”, “moderate” or “high” risk and...

Research pilots play a critical role in the testing, validation, and evaluation of new technologies before they are pushed into the market. They act as a feasibility study showing technology developers, end-users, and evaluators what is and is not working so that modifications and/or additional...

In this blog, Toby Fenton, Research Analyst at Trilateral Research, analyses the concept of risk and our approach in developing risk assessment methodologies in the project Solebay. Risk is an inherent part of life. We often talk of ‘risky’ behaviour, ‘taking risks’ and being ‘risk adverse’,...

The development of new powerful technologies based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data opens new opportunities but also gives rise to many concerns on the unintended consequences and their possible misuses to harm rather than make our society a better place. We have started looking at...

One of our core areas of expertise at Trilateral is understanding and anticipating the impacts of new technologies and their social, ethical, legal and political impacts in particular. We've been exploring the impact of new technologies at different scales. Developing an understanding of the impacts of...

What is data protection by design exactly? The basic idea is that consideration of the impact of any processing activities when developing a new product, technology or service should be taken into account and from the onset and through the lifecycle of the product. Security...

With more than 70,000 attendees over a four-day period, the Web Summit in Lisbon brought together politicians, technologists, and NGOs to think together, exchange views and set priorities about the global technological agenda. With more than 70 dedicated discussions and panels, AI was one of the...

While organised crime and terrorist groups are often at the forefront of technological innovation for planning, executing and concealing their criminal activities, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) often lag behind. LEAs are therefore in need of new policing technologies to identify, understand and counteract new threats...

The potential impact of AI and robotics technologies on society is immense. Such technologies carry great promise. For example, they can facilitate efficiency by freeing up time spent on menial or repetitive tasks. These technologies can also complement and improve human productivity and open up new...

As defined in the oath of allegiance taken by members of the British Armed Forces upon attestation, the UK military’s defining purpose is to ‘faithfully defend her Majesty, her heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity against all enemies’. Since the 17thCentury, the military has...

Trilateral Research is a partner in the EU-funded research project DEVELOP: Developing careers through social networks and transversal competencies. The aim of the project is to build a software tool that will help employees plan their career development and get feedback on their competencies and skills,...

Whereas much attention has been paid to the radical changes brought by Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR) and its aim to enhance and uniform the data protection legislation across Member States, very few words have been spent on national derogations and...

The use of big data analytics techniques and machine learning boosts competitiveness in the EU manufacturing sector. PROTEUS' mission is to investigate and develop ready-to-use scalable online machine learning algorithms and real-time interactive visual analytics to deal with extremely large data sets and data streams. Using these...

Ethics is not a ‘thing’ to be designed into a technology or into data analytics because ethics are enacted, in situ, in context. Designing in ways that encourage ethical outcomes requires thinking critically about what the design work is doing. Privacy by design is a very...

Following the latest advancements in the digital economy, technology and science, it has become clear that personal data is the new oil. Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) is the response to technological challenges. It aims to empower data subjects and ensure uniformity among Member States. This...

The use of Virtual Reality has expanded from gaming scenarios to less recreational immersive experiences including education, news reporting, advertising and training.  Three key areas where VR is being considered for experimentation and implementation are: Education, Museums Cultural heritage However, the use of these systems may...

At Trilateral Research we think managing risks is critical, both in the development of emerging technologies and in ensuring safety and security. All our projects involve some type of risk management. The use of risk assessment is critical to identifying, understanding and mitigating potential risks thereby...

The world is increasingly turning to open sources, not only for information but also for human rights reporting and uncovering crimes against humanity. While it has become possible for anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone to capture real-time images of extraordinary and unpredictable events...