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Digital Living

Based on their enabling characteristics, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) permit all sectors in society to influence the way we live, work and behave. With citizens becoming active participants in the European Knowledge Society and thus being able to consume and produce digital content, the market for content needs to become open to innovation and new actors.

The Europe 2020 Strategy defines the key enabling role that the use of ICTs must play if Europe is to succeed in its ambitions for 2020. It aims to support citizens, boost confidence in ICTs and improve Europe's competitiveness. To this end, JRC focuses in several areas of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

Transformation of Education, Skills and Social Services

Education, skills, employment and social services, such as public employment services, social protection, etc. are strongly impacted by the digital transformation, enabling more effective and innovative ways of managing our everyday life. JRC is studying the socio-economic implications of the use and take-up of digital technology in these areas.

The research contributes directly to the EU2020 strategy on delivering smart, sustainable and inclusive growth as well as to President Juncker priorities on Growth, Jobs and the Digital Single Market. JRC's work is performed in close collaboration with the responsible policy DGs (EMPL, EAC, CNECT, GROW, JUST). Concretely, research is done on:

Citizens' digital footprint

The JRC is addressing the potential misuse of citizen’s personal and individual information, generated when using digital platforms. This includes work on stolen online profiles and identities, establishing what user information is kept and how it is processed.

Internet surveillance systems

Monitoring regularly the internet is crucial for the global security community to detect emerging threats, such as public health outbreaks and various types of instability. By applying its core scientific competences in computer science and computational linguistics to massive datasets, the JRC develops open source intelligence and analysis systems that can automatically harvest and analyse a huge amount of multi-lingual information from internet-based sources.

Ethical aspects of new ICT technologies

New and emerging ICT technologies often come with new and complicated details and technical settings. The JRC ensures that aspects of security and ethics are carefully considered in order to foster confidence of European citizens in the Digital Society.


The JRC's work also includes research to enhance cybersecurity, reinforce rules on personal data protection, as well as to ensure that critical networked systems are sufficiently secure and resilient.