Flourishing in a data-enabled society

28 June 2019

ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, and the Royal Society have jointly published a discussion paper on Flourishing in a data-enabled society (PDF).

Based on the outcomes of discussions during an ALLEA/Royal Society conference in November 2018, it calls for a coordinated approach across disciplines and sectors to ensure data and digital technologies support human flourishing. It provides a concise overview on the impact of digital transformations and how increased data collection and use is transforming individual lives, modern societies and markets. 

The paper concludes that a concerted European approach should consider the following objectives:

  • Putting societal values at the heart of data use
  • Establishing good data governance and regulation
  • Understanding opportunities for Europe

The discussion paper is the first step in an ongoing collaboration and it is envisaged that a scoping paper on the topic will be presented to the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) via SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies).

Find out more about the Royal Society's work on data and AI.