Digital technology has rapidly changed how we access information, work and connect with each other making data is the world’s most valuable resource today. Unlocking data’s full economic and social potential requires trust in terms of privacy protection and no misuse of personal data. The EU-funded PROTECT project, led by ADAPT’s Prof. Dave Lewis, will develop new ways of empowering users of digital services to understand the risks they take when they go online and to offer new ways to enable companies to incorporate data protection into digital services. The project will grow a new generation of 14 early stage researchers who will integrate and apply arguments, analyses and tools from across the fields of law, ethics and knowledge engineering.
The objective of PROTECT is to grow a new generation of 14 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), as PhDs graduate via a unique multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral and international European Training Network ETN). The network will investigate the protection of rights and interests of individuals and groups impacted by the continuous large-scale analysis of personal data, while still enabling the economy and society to benefit from rapid innovation in digital applications that collect and use this data. The PROTECT ESRs will implement a Personal Career development Plan (PCDP) that will enable them to integrate and apply arguments, analyses and tools from across the fields of law, ethics and knowledge engineering, so that they can take on leading research and data scientist roles within digital services industry and public policy sectors to address challenges of data protection, data ethics and data governance. The project will end 31 July 2023.