Digital technology and governance

TRIGGER (2019-2021) is a European project, funded by Horizon 2020 and tasked with providing EU institutions with knowledge and tools to enhance their actorness, effectiveness and influence in global governance. As a partner in the TRIGGER project, IRGC contributes to advancing the state of the art in understanding global governance; scrutinizes the evolution of the EU’s interaction with global governance; identifies emerging trends that strengthen/weaken global governance and cooperation; and helps to build capacity for strategic foresight and public engagement inside EU institutions.

Within the project consortium IRGC Executive Director, Marie-Valentine Florin, leads the research pillar on “governance and technologies: interrelations and opportunities”. The research focuses on:

  • Understanding how emerging technologies and governance interact. For example: how distributed ledger technologies are used by governments or public administrations
  • Analyzing new developments and current trends in the governance of and by various emerging technologies. For example: initiatives to regulate AI and to use AI for automating decision making
  • Examining how these technologies contribute to shaping the EU policy agenda and new modes of governance. For example: new forms of citizen consultation might substitute or complement institutional democracy
  • Developing policy recommendations in the fields of open source standards, distributed ledger (blockchain) technologies, and artificial intelligence (machine learning).

TRIGGER project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 822735. This website reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that maybe made of the information it contains.