The University of Trento is organizing, together with the other project partners, the final workshop of Smart Society project. The project, which will end in December 2016 explored the physical and virtual dimensions of life to better understand human interaction and to move towards a hybrid system where people and machines tightly work together to build a smarter society.


Smart Society Project


Our institutions are undergoing fundamental change driven by the emergence of platform technologies. These technologies lever mass participation in interlocking institutions to co-produce complex constellations of value. Many of the effects of platform technologies are seen as being positive. Uber is effective in many locations. Airbnb offers unprecedented variety of accommodation around the world. But there are issues: Platforms offer new forms of flexible employment, but does this lead to much more precarious forms of work? Platforms mobilise material resources, but do they distribute the benefits fairly? Platforms become enmeshed deep inside everyday practice, but do platforms exploit the knowledge gained from that to our disadvantage?

This one-day workshop will begin by exploring these issues, then will consider the range of responses to platforms by different stakeholders and finally will consider how this range of responses might articulate to form a coherent riposte to the issues embodied in the rise of the platform society. 

The event will be held on December 5, 2016 in Brussels at the Scotland House, round point Schuman 6 and is open to any stakeholder. Considered the need of shared policies and regulations on this topic the participation of public decision-makers is strongly encouraged.


Speakers confirmed

  • ‘The landscape of the Collaborative Economy’ – Helen Goulden (Nesta),  Executive Director at Nesta and leader of its Innovation Lab
  • ‘Digital Footprint Project – Crowd work in Europe’ – Aileen Körfer (UNI Europa), Policy Officer at UNI Europa, the European services workers union responsible for digitalisation, the single market and economic governance
  • ‘Personal data platforms and lightweight trust-building solutions’ – Lucie Burgess (Digital Catapult), Head of Personal Data and Trust at the UK Digital Catapult
  • ‘A Social Charter for Smart Platforms’ – Mark Hartswood (Oxford Univeristy), Research Associate at Oxford University developing new approaches to Responsible Research and Innovation


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