The mission of the Foundation is to ensure that society’s development is shaped by informed and forward-looking cooperation between citizens, experts, stakeholders, and decision-makers.
To this end the Foundation performs and facilitates technology assessment and foresight, public engagement, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and new forms of governance.
Hub IT will activate the constructive interactions between ICT developers, SSH researchers, and other stakeholders (e.g. NGOs, citizens, and users) leading to a responsible approach to research and innovation through the uptake of SSH expertise and RRI actions.
Information- and communication technology (ICT) has already had a huge impact on mankind and will continue to affect us, even more, looking forward. There is, therefore, a need to include an even wider selection of stakeholders and knowledge in the future development of ICT to ensure the development is socially desirable and acceptable.
In March 2019, recognised experts in rights and ethics, law, social science, culture, politics and economy meet in Copenhagen for a multi-dimensional and thorough treatment of AI and its implications for our future societies. The AI 360 methodology is a multidisciplinary approach to identifying the most important societal implications of AI, and for producing concrete action-oriented solutions.
They identified a number of uncertainties and challenges for the responsible development of AI.
Read our expert recommendations for how to increase the likelihood of steering AI towards societal benefits.
We see the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – currently Horizon 2020 – as a unique environment which allows us to share our experiences and learn from others across Europe and beyond. In the latter years we have followed closely and contributed extensively to the development of the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (DBT) has 30 years of experience in developing and implementing methods of public engagement in research and innovation. We work continuously to improve the interaction between science and society through multi-actor approaches, societal engagement, stakeholder engagement, citizens’ dialogue, policy dialogues and more.
The Ethics and Society group of the Human Brain Project (HBP) has just published its opinion on “Responsible Dual Use” inclusing recommendations for dealing with dual use concerns in relation to misuse of brain research and new computing technologies.
Neuroscience – an opportunity for HBP researchers and stakeholders outside HBP to exchange experiences, ideas, considerations and concerns.
Consulting and engaging the public in the beginning of the scientific process, the agenda setting, and recognizing the benefits of engaging multiple actor in setting agendas and initiatives that strengthen the selection of research priorities are beginning to take place in more and more countries as a complement to more traditional research agenda setting, made by funding agencies, stakeholders or the single scientists.
The climate is changing and consequently sea levels will rise and more frequent floods will become a reality for Danish coastal cities. Both climate and cities are dynamic which makes it vital to discuss the future of coastal cities; how do we want to live in them, how do we want to use them and how do we make them climate resilient?
ECO2 will help energy consumers throughout the European Union improve their energy efficiency. ECO2 is a dynamic e-learning platform which will both engage the average energy consumer and help them consume less energy. They will be motivated, they will explore and finally they will take action – becoming energy efficient.