SPRITE+ 4 Challenge Themes

An introduction to SPRITE+ and the challenge themes have been published on the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research Blog.

After 2 full days of lively debate, and a week to collate the notes, SPRITE+ expert fellows settled on 4 major themes that the challenge working groups will explore in the upcoming year. Here are the challenges:
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Digital Vulnerabilities

How should we conceptualise, identify and assess susceptibility to future digital harm?
How might we protect networks, hardware, individuals and organisations from increasingly complex harms and/or make them resilient in the face of harm?
What roles will technology, people, organisations, governments, and societies play both in enabling and reducing digital risks and harms?
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Digital Technologies and Change

How will digital technologies develop and become socially embedded over time?
What choices will people, organisations and societies have in developing, selecting and using future digital technologies and how could they exercise that choice?
How can ethics, regulation, policy, education etc. keep up with the pace of technological change?
How can legacy, present, and future technologies come together to form a digital ecosystem that works for everyone?
How might the concept of ‘identity’ change, and what will that mean at all levels, from individuals to communities to nation states?
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Accountability and Ethics in a Digital Ecosystem

What new issues of trust and accountability could arise in the future digital ecosystem, and how might existing issues evolve?
What will be the roles of regulation, legislation and ‘self-policing’?
How could privacy, fairness and accountability be built into new technology (‘by design’)?
How will individuals and organisations verify identities?
What will influence future stakeholder perceptions of what is ‘good’ technology and ‘good’ technology use?
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Digital Technologies, Power and Control

How do we create empowered, informed communities with the knowledge and ability to make fair choices about the impact of future technologies?
What could prevent future technologies deepening the digital divide, worsening existing power asymmetries, and creating new ones?
How can we develop enabling, useable technology?
How do we balance individual needs with the needs of a community, a corporation, or a state?
Who will have a say in how technology is used to inform decisions, and how will marginalised voices be heard?
These four themes in conjunction with the online consultation results provide a current view on the key challenges to digital identity, trust, privacy, security, in the next 5-10 years according to the Expert Fellows and everyone else who submitted their views through the online consultation.