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Digital Data as Subject of Transdisciplinary Processes (DiDaT)

Digitalisation is changing our lives and bringing fundamental change to many domains, including both benefits and unwanted side effects. The challenge for sustainability research is to anticipate and identify the "unintended side effects" (so-called 'unseens') of the digital transition and to develop strategies that enable societies to cope with them properly.

According to a European Expert Round Table held in 2017, the relations between the "ownership, economic value, use, and access" of/to digital data are not well understood and may cause unintended side effects to individuals, groups, companies, and other parts of society.The DiDaT (Digital Data as subject of Transdisciplinary Processes) project, which is led by Ortwin Renn and Roland W. Scholz, will analyse and appraise the vulnerabilities of different stakeholder groups in a transdisciplinary dialogue between science and practice.

DiDaT aims to:

  • construct a structured list of critical, unintended side effects of the digital transition affecting sensitive stakeholder groups;
  • promote self-declarations and regulations as an important input for the successful development of "best practices" for the use of digital data;
  • discuss the principles of digital data ethics in accordance with the finding of the European Expert round Table that ethical principles have not yet been sufficiently discussed and implemented.

The project's initiation phase commenced on 1 October 2018.

 

Almost 70 participants* at the 2nd DiDaT Stakeholder Conference at Fraunhofer Fokus, Berlin

2nd DiDaT Stakeholder Conference at Fraunhofer Fokus, Berlin

At the 2nd stakeholder conference practitioners and scientists discussed the chapters of the detailed plans for the seven vulnerability spaces. These detailed plans contained the main unseens defined as unintended and undesired side effects. Dealing with these unseens of digital transformation is the core subject of the White Paper for sensitive subsystems in Germany and the stakeholder activities are presented as "Orientations for the responsible handling of digital data". The seven working groups on vulnerability areas will produce the first draft of the White Paper by 23 June 2020.

For further information see Newsletter 03.

DiDaT Stakeholder Conference

The 3rd DiDaT-Stakeholder Conference is postponed from June 23, 2020 to 24th February 2021, and will take place at "Fraunhofer FOKUS".

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