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Research project

SCALES project

How to strike a balance between the sometimes conflicting stakes of individual, public and private data-producers and data-processors?

Duration
2015  -   2018
Contact
Francien Dechesne
Funding
NWO NWO

The collection and analysis of the vast amount of data in our increasingly networked world (`Big Data’) holds great potential for both governments and businesses. Data-driven services and products are being developed for the benefit of public and private goods in a wide variety of domains, for example for the purpose of scientific research and discovery, to increase safety and security, to improve sustainability, to increase efficiency, to enhance mobility, for the purpose of health protection and prevention and to improve quality of life. At the same time, the increasing availability of data and the increasing capacity to analyze them also creates threats to individual liberties such as autonomy and privacy. These risks are particularly increased when data are analyzed across different contexts.

The SCALES project is funded through the NWO programme  Responsible Innovation (MVI), with participation of several private and public partners. The overarching research question of the SCALES project is how to strike a balance between the sometimes conflicting stakes of individual, public and private data-producers and data-processors. To investigate the potential and the risks of the use of data-analytics across domains, we will conduct case studies with our partners in the fields of energy, law enforcement, data analytics and social networks. The project aims to design a regulatory and institutional landscape that allows for optimal utilization of Big Data to serve the interests of governments, companies and citizens/consumers, while it optimally safeguards individual rights and liberties.

 

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