HubIT – securing new ICT is in the public’s interest

February 11, 2020

It is hard to imagine a day without the use of computers. More and more aspects of our lives are becoming increasingly digitalized; when we stay in touch with our friends and family, in the healthcare sektor, our contact with the authorities, when we do our shopping, when we exercise etc.

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, in order to ensure the development is socially desirable and acceptable.

This is exactly the premise of HubIT. The overall goal of the project is to ensure that future ICT-development is both responsible and including, as well as in accordance with the principles of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation). The HubIT solution to this, entails among other things, creating awareness, infrastructure and incentives, in order to include social science and humanities (SSH) in the development-process of ICT .

HubIT in a nutshell

HubIT is not a research project in a classical sense, it is however an enlightening and engaging communication-based project, where a common understanding of how to facilitate the ICT development takes shape, so it is socially responsible and including. The HubIT-project is working to facilitate the meeting between ICT and SSH; which could be international workshops and networking events, national workshops and policy workshops.

The purpose of meetings like these, is to set the groundwork for the ICT-developers to adapt a more holistic angle on their development projects. ICT-development originate from an engineering background, where the focus is to divide a problem into separate parts, and then solving them one by one. The perspective humanities and social sciences can contribute is to provide the ICT-developers with a wider perspective and a renewed development process, which additionally will encompass the needs of society.

The primary role of the Danish Board of Technology in HubIT

The Danish Board of Technology coordinates three policy workshops, which were conducted in May and June 2019. Our task was to the design the program, guidelines and other information-material. We  oversaw the workshop which took place Copenhagen – the two other workshops took place in Slovakia and Italy. The Danish Board of Technology are additionally in charge of planning and organizing the final policy workshop of the project, which is conducted in Brussels in the early summer of 2020. The summarized work from the three prior workshops will take shape as policy recommendations, to be presented and discussed at the final workshop.

HubIT is financed through the European Commissions’ program for research and innovation – Horizon 2020 – under contract number 769497. The project has 14 partners and is led by Civetta in Estonia. You can read more about the project here.