ETAPAS 2021 (April)

Disruptive technologies in the Public Sector: how to manage ethical risks and social impacts? will provide a space for European policymakers and researchers and practitioners from ETAPAS community and other European projects and initiatives.

The objective of the workshop (April 30th) is to share know-how and stimulate discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and pitfalls of implementing disruptive technologies responsibly in the public sector, learning from the experiences of other similar initiatives and networking. As such, this event is relevant to public administrations (national and local) as well as policymakers and researchers grappling with the challenges of implementing disruptive technologies in an ethical and socially responsible manner, particularly in the context of the public services.

Confirmed speakers

  • Sven-Ove Hansson, professor of Philosophy, Karolinska Institutet
  • Davor Meersman, CEO, Open and Agile Smart Cities
  • Filipe Jones Mourão, policy officer, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Key question

The key question tackled by the workshop is at the core of the ETAPAS project, and of critical importance to public administrations considering the adoption of disruptive technologies. Indeed, the public sector can access great opportunities to drive efficiencies and service improvements by embracing disruptive technologies such as AI, Robotics and Big Data; at the same time, it is clear that these also open the door to ethical concerns that need to be proactively identified and managed, particularly in the public services where citizens rightly expect providers to adhere to strong ethical standards at all times.

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From: 30/04/2021



Use Case

Reggio Emilia Italy

Italian use case

The Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance together with the Agency for Digital Italy will leverage the Interlink platform and its components to co-create a new module with Reggio Emilia city for a Joint Strategic Planning between central and local Public Bodies.


Latvian use case

The goal of the Latvian Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Customer Service Centers’ use case is to test sharing service delivery with third parties to improve public services.

Zaragoza city

Spanish use case

Zaragoza will adopt the Interlink governance framework to widen Open Innovation within the city. The framework and set of enablers made available within Interlink will provide holistic support for sustainable Open Innovation in the co-creation and co-delivery of services.