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Ethical and societal impact of data sciences – Michael Friedewald Skip to main content

Ethical and societal impact of data sciences

e-SIDES  is a H2020 Coordination & Support Action (CSA).

Data-driven innovation is deeply transforming society and the economy. Although there are potentially enormous economic and social benefits this innovation also brings new challenges for individual and collective privacy, security, as well as democracy and participation. The main objective of the CSA e-SIDES is to complement the research on privacy-preserving big data technologies, by analysing, mapping and clearly identifying the main societal and ethical challenges emerging from the adoption of big data technologies, conforming to the principles of responsible research and innovation; setting up and organizing a sustainable dialogue between industry, research and social actors, as well as networking with the main Research and Innovation Actions and Large Scale Pilots and other framework programme projects interested in these issues. It will investigate stakeholders’ concerns, and collect their input, framing these results in a clear conceptual framework showing the potential trade-offs between conflicting needs and providing a basis to validate privacy-preserving technologies. It will prepare and widely disseminate community shared conclusions and recommendations highlighting the best way to ultimately build confidence of citizens and businesses towards big data and the data economy.


Topic: H2020, ICT-18-2016, Big data PPP: privacy-preserving big data technologies
Duration: January 2017 – December 2019 (36 months)
Partners: IDC Italy (Co-ordinator) / Fraunhofer ISI / University Leiden, Center for Law and Digital Technologies
Budget: 1,11 Mio EUR
Fraunhofer contact: Dr. Daniel Bachlechner; Dr. Michael Friedewald