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    Participatory Approaches to a New Ethical and Legal Framework for ICT (PANELFIT)


    Changes in the regulation of ICT research and innovation are opening up a new scenario. It is ex-pected that stakeholders, policy makers, and end users adapt to them as soon as possible. This, however, might be hard, especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). PANELFIT is firmly committed to facilitating this adaptation process by producing a set of editable, open access Guidelines, validated by two data protection agencies. Once produced, they will serve as opera-tional standards able to reduce the ethical and legal issues posed by ICT technologies while promot-ing innovation and market growth, enabling high-quality job creation and ensuring an adequate level of privacy and security/cybersecurity.


  • suggest possible concrete improvements to the current regulatory and governance framework, both at the EU and the national level
  • create mutual learning and support tools and to promote networking among stake-holders and policy makers
  • increase the quantity and quality of the information available to policy makers, profes-sionals, researchers, journalists and the public.
  • All these outcomes will be produced by a co-creation process involving policy makers, stakeholders, and end-users. They will all participate in the creation of the main outcomes of the project through a range of engagement activities that includes workshops, public consultations, encounters, sur-veys, etc. This will be combined with a strong communication and dissemination strategy that in-cludes numerous activities, such as webinars, MOOC courses, public debates, a constant use of a web site and social networks and the creation of a Platform for Mutual Learning, which is meant to become the reference forum for the discussion of the issues at stake even after the end of the project.

    Duration: Nov 2018 - Oct 2021

    For further information visit the PANELFIT website and Twitter @panelfit

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    Panelfit has received funding from the European Unionís Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788039.

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