Under the umbrella of the Digital Single Market (DSM), IMPULSE studies the impact on electronic identities (eID) of technologies with disruptive transformational potential. Given their incredible relevance and promise at the current state of our knowledge, the project focuses in particular on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain (BC).
A combination of these two technologies can create a mechanism for secure management of eID, which is an important enabler for trust and confidence in the DSM. Being a distributed ledger of all transactions ever executed in a specific domain, BC is per se an interesting technological solution for ensuring citizens’ control over their own data. When paired with an AI capable of automatically verifying documents and granting users access to their data based on biometrics, then BC becomes a potential game changer for eID, especially in public services.
And that application is precisely what IMPULSE will analyze from a user-centric and multidisciplinary perspective, evaluating its benefits and risks, costs, and inherent limitations. The project will use a demand-driven and co-creative approach in 6 pilots in Denmark, Spain, Bulgaria, Iceland and Italy, all organized thanks to the involvement of Digital Innovation Hubs. The pilots’ diverse settings will provide a variety of socio-economic, cultural, operational, and legal contexts in which to validate the solution.
IMPULSE will also produce actionable roadmaps that detail good practices and pathways for the adoption, scaling-up, and sustainability of such advanced eID technologies for public services within the EU ecosystem.
CyberEthics Lab.’s role in the project consists in providing ethical and legal support to the entire consortium. CyberEthics Lab. will publish of a project-specific ethics protocol, which in essence will contain appropriate guidelines for the research process; a legal framework and dictionary with references to all relevant EU directives and regulations; a method for ethical and legal assessment that will lead to recommendations for decision makers on privacy, ethical, and legal issues in the eID field.