Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate: Rights of the Internet of Everything


Internet of Everything (IoE) is one of the major technological trends, going beyond the ongoing Internet of Things era focused only on connecting devices. IoE looks at the connection of devices, persons and data via processes: “IoE connects the unconnected with ever-smarter technology. It brings people together with process, data, and things.” If on the one hand it is considered as a huge opportunity estimated at 19b$ it presents new complexities and risks for our life and economy. The big data is an essential pillar of the IoE . Thus, including more explicitly persons and data concerning them, IoE cannot be limited to engineering and computer science, but is a topic that needs to be investigated with scientific interdisciplinary researches under different perspectives: technical, legal, economical, ethical, philosophical point of view: it “involves a complex and evolving set of technological, social, and policy considerations across a diverse set of stakeholders.” Privacy, Intellectual Proprietary Rights, Data Ownership, Super-control of people behavior, Fundamental Rights, Ethical principles are critical issues that could determine the success of IoE in the market . Algorithms which are at the core of the devices all around us, expected to be tens of billions in 2020, must be governed. IoE is already entering the H2020 work programme even if only the IoT is mentioned in the calls. The attention to nontechnological aspects is reflected in the H2020 objectives ICT-35-2016 of LEIT and REV-INEQUAL-09-2017 of SC5 focus on the need of including SSH sciences for a critical analysis of the problems raised by pervasive technologies. However, if research projects are a way to face these problems, the needed competences are lacking, since they are highly interdisciplinary and, from the legal point of view, they require an international perspective. For these reasons we present a MSCA-ITN European Joint Doctorate proposal.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Monica Palmirani

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania)
Universität Wien (Austria)
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universität Hannover (Germany)
Universite Du Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona (Spain)
Upm Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (Spain)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium)
Università degli Studi di TORINO (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 3.834.322,92
Project Duration in months: 48
Start Date: 01/04/2019
End Date: 31/03/2023

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Peace, justice and strong institutions This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 814177