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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...

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...

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...

Artificial intelligence and big data analytics have the potential to add greatly to the benefits of information and communication technologies, but they can also have undesirable impacts on ethics and human rights. Privacy and data protection are the most obvious issues, but they are far from...

Trilateral Research works with other partners, as part of the TITANIUM consortium, at curtailing the illicit use of Bitcoin in the financing of terrorist and illicit activities. Within this area of study, Giuseppe Maio, Research Assistant at Trilateral Research, has developed new research focusing on Bitcoin mining. His latest...

“Artificial intelligence and big data analytics bring a variety of benefits to society, but at the same time have the potential to disrupt society, ethical values and human rights, and life as we know it”, says Bernd Stahl, Director of the Centre for Computing and...

The idea that digital transformation can have a considerable sustainable impact on the public sector and, consequently on society, it is at the heart of Trilateral Research work. Combining technology development with social science expertise, we investigate how data analytics, artificial intelligence, and new ICT technologies...

Homelessness has become an escalating problem in the UK. According to Shelter 307,000 people are sleeping rough or accommodated in temporary housing across the UK and this number is set to rise. Although staggering, these figures do not illustrate the larger problem, as they do not...

Digital transformation can simplify and make processes more efficient, enabling local authorities and the public sector to assist citizens and those most vulnerable in society better. In the UK Government’s Digital Strategy there is focus on “Digital Government’, encouraging the public sector to improve its service...

Public authorities across Europe are under pressure to maintain and improve the quality of public services despite austerity cuts and demographic changes, which see an ageing population requiring increasing health and social care arrangements. National Health Services across Europe, for example, suffer the impact of Europe’s...

Trilateral Research’s integrated approach combines technology and social sciences to deliver sustainable impact. In fact, our interdisciplinary team is made of data scientists, computer scientists, social scientists and ethical and legal experts. We employ co-design methodologies with end users to develop, test and implement state of...

Trilateral Research’s SIENNA team is researching the social, economic and environmental impacts of new technologies. As part of the SIENNA project (a Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Union), Trilateral Research is conducting socio-economic and environmental impact assessments of human enhancement technologies, artificial intelligence and...

Whilst we can gain great benefits from innovative technologies that are enabling society to generate and process vast amounts of data, regular reports of privacy and customer data breaches remind us of the need to protect users’ security and the serious consequences deriving from losing...

The Digital Ethics Summit held in December 2017 focussed on AI ethics, foresight and ethics by design. The messages coming out of the summit are highly relevant for everyone who is interested in the socio-economical impacts of emerging technologies. Rowena Rodrigues, Trilateral's Senior Research Analysts...

Big data and artificial intelligence have the potential to provide the EU with the efficiency it needs to be competitive. With their development, comes new skills, new jobs and opportunities for economic growth. Smart manufacturing projects, like PROTEUS, are leading the way in this area by...

The iTRACK project aims at improving protection and safety of humanitarian missions with intelligent sociotechnical solutions supporting aid workers operating in areas of humanitarian disaster with: tracking threat detection navigation logistics coordination In 2017 the project is as timely as when it started; this year we...

Trilateral Research is working to raise awareness of privacy, including data protection requirements, among both recreational and commercial drone users with our work on the DroneRules.EU project. To take full advantage of the benefits of drone applications, while ensuring their responsible use, the DroneRules.EU project website...

Webscraping tools, sometimes referred to as ‘bots’, allow the extraction and collection of code and data from the web for later retrieval or analysis. Their uses range from law enforcement to journalism, to research and business, facilitating data and market analysis, visualisation, and even price...

There is a strong need for clear ethical guidelines and monitoring practices within European projects as we are moving towards a Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) environment. We, at Trilateral, have in-depth understanding of RRI and research ethics and can help ensure ethical conduct within...