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Guidelines on Informed Consent (Clinical Trials Regulation)

Every scientific research has impacts on the people involved and on society as a whole, which is why it is crucial to have a clear mapping and reflection on the ethical criteria adopted during the conduct of research. This requirement is even more stringent when the research concerns the health sector and involves the participation […]

On the verification of technology systems in ethics: validation, reproducibility, and responsibility.

Current AI systems need to be held to ethical standards in order to be used safely and responsibly in society. At the same time, standards cannot be verified by repetition experiments (reproducibility), so an iterative process of verification and validity needs to be established on the basis of the continuous evolution of the system and new information that may emerge.

A Round Table about the future of Digital identity

Digital identity is essential for enabling citizens to participate in digital society. In today’s world, many essential services are delivered online, and Digital identity is essential for accessing these services. For example, Digital identity can be used to access government services, such as online tax filing or passport renewal. They can also be used to […]

Keeping IT Real: Communication strategies for Ethics of AI

The growing attention to the ethics of AI is moving from the scientific to the public sphere. Principles and solutions for an ethical relationship with AI no longer concern only experts in the field, but the broad public, which is increasingly able to grasp the importance of the issue. Yet, communication about it is very […]

How technologies can transform society

Steering research and innovation directions with full awareness of societal transformation levels We are all aware of the transformative power technologies exert at all levels of society, from the macro socio-economic level to the level of individuals, influencing the construction of our identity and sense of self as well as relational dynamics. However, the specific […]


Introduction The European Union has always given due consideration to the medical device market and its regulation. The reason for this attention is twofold: on the one hand, to ensure the quality of the devices on which our medical care relies, and on the other hand, to prevent excessive fragmentation of legislative approaches within the […]

EUDAMED: get ready for registration

There are more  than 500,000 types of medical devices in the European Union (EU) market. Their importance for the healthcare sector as a whole and for each individual patient cannot be underestimated. This competitive and innovative market is currently supported by a regulatory framework aimed at ensuring its smooth functioning. A key role in this […]

PHOENIX Policy Brief: a reasoned overview of challenges and suggested policy options

During the timeframe of the PHOENIX project, and since its beginning phase, CyberEthics Lab. (CEL) worked to establish a new mindset in the cybersecurity development process by considering ethics and privacy dimensions as well. This mindset was laid on the PRESS Conceptual Framework which analysed privacy and data protection, regulatory, ethics, societal and security concerns […]

Biometric systems and iris recognition in medicine: the contribute of biometry for AB0 incompability and personal data’s protection

First article in the series by Guest Editor Francesca Romana Baglioni. Contact us to find out more about our Guest Editor programme. The background The current world population, which has more than 7 billion of people today, is heterogeneous, dynamic and evolving constantly. States, cities, regions and societies provide a large number of services, material […]

Blockchain for Electrical Power Energy Systems: PHOENIX H2020

Within PHOENIX, a research project financed by the European Union, partners endeavor to create a system of detecting and mitigating cyber threats that maximizes trust between parties and minimizes access to personal data of consumers.  Blockchain is the perfect tool for doing so, and here is why. 

Blockchain for business

Is Blockchain the right solution for your business?

Social Acceptance: the Role of Subjectivity and Stakeholder Participation

This article is part of a series on the social acceptance topic. Stay tuned for more! When we talk about the social acceptance of technologies, we should first of all consider a series of psychological, anthropological, and sociological factors that concern the concept, birth, and primitive experience of social acceptance. This acceptance is first of […]

The Methodological Approach to Measure How Gender is Impacted by Technological Innovation

Maybe you’ve looked at our fun, busy, and colourful infographic about our approach to gender analyses, and perhaps you’ve been left scratching your head. “What does it all mean?” The purpose of this article is to accompany that image and explain the various steps illustrated in it. From significant representational and pay differentials in public […]

How the Schrems II Case Impacts European Funded Projects

Last week, at the time of writing this article, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) reached a decision for the Schrems II case. Much has been said about the decision already, but to our knowledge, its impacts on European (“EU”) funded projects have not been discussed. European funded projects typically involves a […]

Sentiment Analysis in the PERSONA project

What is Sentiment Analysis in the PERSONA context, and is it privacy-friendly? Over the last couple decades, well-known advances in computing power and techniques have permitted the development of a practical application of computational linguistics known as natural language processing (NLP). One of the main applications of NLP has been sentiment analysis (SA), that is […]

5G: Social Acceptance or Participation?

This article is the second in a series on the social acceptance and 5G topic. Stay tuned for more!

Privacy and Data Protection, Ethics, Social and Security Framework Analysis within the Energy Sector

The development of new technologies consists not only in the analysis of the best technical components, but also in the understanding of the ethics, regulatory, and security context.

5G: Modelling the Social Acceptance

A dive into the comprehension of the fundamental aspect of social acceptance for the introduction of innovative technological solutions.

Social Distancing in Workplaces: A Paradigm Shift for Privacy Policy

After an initial phase of euphoria due to the possibility for about 4,5 million of Italians to get back to work, questions about privacy abound.

WhatsApp’s Decision Limiting the Spread of Viral Messages – What It Means for Democracy

The title of WhatsApp’s official post explaining its decision, “Keeping WhatsApp Personal and Private,” could not better illustrate the point.