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The technical innovations connected to the exploitation of big data, along with new laws such as GDPR, are radically changing the ICT scenario inside and outside the European Union. PANELFIT is a European network of 13 organisations, operating in different fields – from technological consulting to research, from data protection to RI ethics, from citizens science to journalism – who work together in order to take advantage of the technological opportunities of these processes without compromising the citizens’ security and fundamental rights.


Project website: https://www.panelfit.eu

A monthly chat between a journalist and an expert on a defined topic, mostly on ethical and legal issues connected to data protection and ICT

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Panelfit chats


José Luis Marín
4 May 2022

The energy needs of these physical infrastructure, where much of the world’s digital information is stored, have grown exponentially in recent years. While business has been booming, so have concerns about their sustainability and the environmental threats that data centres present.

Álvaro Merino
19 January 2022

Despite European hopes being invested in the technology, contact tracing apps have only succeeded in tracking 5% of registered cases since they were introduced in the EU. The lack of public confidence in the scheme has proven to be an insurmountable hurdle

Federico Caruso
9 December 2020

Online advertising is based on the collection and sharing of user data, a system which rests mostly in a few powerful hands, including Google. Privacy and data protection are at issue, and Europe is debating what action should be taken

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Federico Caruso
19 May 2020

The measures adopted by some Balkan countries to contain the pandemic have raised perplexity in associations and researchers who deal with privacy and digital rights. Emergency actions, derogating from the national rules of law, could translate into mass surveillance tools.

Federico Caruso
13 November 2019

Digital platforms often trick users into giving up their personal data or buying particular products. These “dark patterns” go against European legislation, but authorities are struggling to combat them.