VIRT-EU: Values and ethics in Innovation for Responsible Technology in Europe

Recent policy, such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation, reflects mounting public concerns around emerging data practices, RRI, data ethics and privacy. VIRT-EU addresses these concerns at the point of design through researching and intervening upon the development cultures and ethics of the next- generation IoT innovators. We ask how do European IoT innovators and developers make ethically consequential decisions – about code, hardware and data – for new connective devices? What assumptions about human behaviour, privacy and freedom underpin European cultures of IoT innovation?

In VIRTeu, CIID works with European hardware and software entrepreneurs, maker and hacker spaces, and community innovators in order to:
– understand how IoT innovators enact ethics as they design future devices
– develop tools to support ethical reflection and self-assessment as part of the design and development process for IoT technologies

Here more info about our digestion of knowledge, workshops and tools.

We are currently prototyping and testing the final set of tools that we used also in our SummerSchool workshop “Designing Ethical Futures”. Here a video about the experience.

VIRTeu is 3-years project funded under Horizon 2020 ICT-35-RIA call – Enabling Responsible ICT-related Research and Innovation


  • IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • London School of Economics and Political Science (United Kingdom)
  • Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • Politecnico di Torino (Italy)
  • Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (Denmark)
  • Open Rights Group (United Kingdom)

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