We are doing science for policy
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Understanding how people interact with digital technology is relevant to EU policy for a number of reasons. For one, the digital consumer and citizen needs to be protected, from malicious advertising, on-line tracking, companies tricking them into revealing more about their personal information than they would like, etc. Secondly, insights about online behaviour lead to better provision of digital public services (e.g. eHealth, eLearning and eGovernment).
The JRC investigates how emerging technologies and digital trends affect the user’s safety and security in order to help forecast and tackle potential misuse of citizens’ digital information.
Cybersecurity research at the JRC provides support to the EU to respond to cyber-attacks and reinforce rules on personal data protection, as well as to ensure that critical networked systems are sufficiently secure and resilient.
JRC is investigating how the on-going digital revolution and Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) are affecting the economy and what are resulting policy issues in the following areas: the ICT industry and research and development (R&D) in ICT, digital innovation and entrepreneurship within and outside the ICT industry sector, and impact of digital technologies and ICT on markets and consumers.
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 creation of a borderless Single Market for trade in goods, services, capital and labour has been a major objective ever since the start of the EU. This objective has been extended to online markets and the achievement of a borderless Digital Single Market has become a policy priority for the current European Commission.
The JRC supports the aim of building European confidence in the Digital Society by ensuring it is both ethically balanced and by highlighting the potential security aspects associated with it.
Governance, Public sector Innovation and Social Change (GISC) research area is focusing on investigating the socio-economic impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) that contribute to address fundamental societal challenges, such as