Responsible innovation monthly round up – May

Written by Catherine Makin on 22 May, 20
Responsible innovation

A regular update on activities within our responsible innovation theme.

What we’ve been doing:

The City Innovation Team has recently collaborated with the council’s Learning and Development and Neighbourhoods and Communities Teams on a small, internal pilot project to develop and test online guidance around digital skills and inclusion. Beyond what the pilot set out to achieve, this collaboration has helped the City Innovation Team understand the value we add when working with other council teams. We’ve reflected on this learning in a brief case study.

Where we’ve been and what we’ve seen:

We joined the virtual launch of the People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report from Doteveryone.

Doteveryone’s research has found that people like technology and benefit from it, but that they hold concerns around safety, trust and lack of regulation. The report concludes that “People must not be dependent on technology and yet powerless to shape its impacts.” We couldn’t agree more.

The insights that were shared about how the research was conducted, and the findings included in the report are helping to inform and shape our own thinking and project development.

What we’ve read:

Digital rights is being hotly discussed in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, as new technologies are rapidly developed and adopted. This article on digital surveillance under COVID-19 and its impact on human rights, suggests “A panopticon world on a scale never seen before is quickly materialising“.

European Digital Rights (an association of civil and human rights organisations) have created a document pool to collate articles and resources related to COVID-19 and Digital Rights.

What we’re looking forward to:

The European Commission hosted an online pan-European hackathon in April which produced 120 innovative solutions to coronavirus-related challenges. This weekend, 22-25 May, a Matchathon is being held to match these solutions with universities, companies, investors, accelerators, venture capitalists, and public authorities across Europe, in order to turn these ideas into fully functioning solutions.

Back to Bristol, and we’re delighted that Councillor Cleo Lake has launched #GiveNTech – a devices amnesty  to get IT equipment to people who need it. Complementing this initiative, we’re working on plans to reinstate the council’s computer reuse scheme in 2020 and will share details on Connecting Bristol as soon as this is live.

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