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Designing Mechanisms for Public Deliberation on Data Use

PhD project What do we consent to when clicking on "I agree"? Consent requires understanding. This project is focused on the possibilities and mechanisms for collaborative deliberation on data collection and use in the public interest.

In this project we explore how different stakeholders can be brought together in collaborative deliberation efforts, and how mechanisms can be built into either commercial or public data-driven platforms to achieve substantive deliberation outcomes in relation to shared matters of concern.

Head of project

Pamela Gil-Salas
Doctoral student
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Project overview

Project period:

2021-09-01 2025-06-01

Research area

Design

Project description

This PhD project is part of DCODE, a European network and PhD Program –under the umbrella of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020) within the European Horizon 2020 Framework Program.

The overarching objective for DCODE is to develop a fundamentally new understanding of how design, as an interdisciplinary field of research and practice, can think about the digital transformation of society. In developing this understanding, new foundations for design will require the interdisciplinary integration of five key research challenges: (1) anthropological study and principled engineering of algorithms as foundation for shaping digital futures; (2) design of personally meaningful and socially appropriate forms of interaction with and across decentralised systems; (3) inclusive approaches to value creation in designing data-driven products, services and business models; (4) principles and mechanisms for public deliberation and governance of data flows across systems; (5) future design practices upholding anticipatory, deliberative and responsive innovation approaches. In addition, each research challenge corresponds to a work package (WP).

As a result, DCODE introduces a post-disciplinary mode of working called ‘prototeams’: teams of PhD students working in real-world contexts to develop and prototype future professional design roles and practices, including the scientific knowledge needed to support them.  These ‘prototeams’ will be formed by different Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) working on one of the five main areas. This particular PhD topic is framed within work package four (WP 4) or ‘Systems of Data Governance’ and focuses specifically on ‘Designing Mechanisms for Public Deliberation on Data Use’ (ESR 13).

Work Package 4: Systems of Data Governance

The key research objective for WP 4 is concerned with the norms, principles and rules governing the spread of data across decentralised networks. The overall research question is how to design principles and mechanisms for public deliberation and data governance across systems.

ESR 13: Designing Mechanisms for Public Deliberation on Data Use

The key research objective of ESR 13 is to explore possibilities and mechanisms for collaborative deliberation on data use in the public interest. Focus on how different stakeholders can be brought together in collaborative deliberation efforts, and how mechanisms can be built into data-driven platforms to achieve substantive deliberation outcomes in relation to shared matters of concern.