From 21 to 24 September 2022, the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) in Bonn, Germany partnered with the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE) to co-host the “MGG-PRODIGEES Authors Workshop with CIFE” in Nice, France. The event brought together 18 experts conspired to form joint publication projects, from blogs to peer-reviewed journal articles, on core topics of digitalisation and sustainable development and featured a series of expert conversations.
As part of the conference, members of the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, an organisation which works towards legal and ethical frameworks for advancing human rights in digital environments, gave a keynote presentation on the importance of defending digital rights through city action. The city of Bonn joined the CC4DR on September 19, 2022. The workshop also featured a visit to the Mediterranean Institute of Risk, Environment and Sustainable Development (IMREDD) for illustrative discussions on innovation and intelligent technologies for smart city projects. From smart cars to AI in city planning, IMREDD demonstrated how their triad partnership between the public and private sectors and academia is a laboratory for technology that is demoed in cities along the Côte d’Azur.
Four publication projects emerged from the MGG-PRODIGEES Authors Workshop with CIFE: a project on the geopolitics of data governance; one on capacity building on digitalisation for sustainable development; one on the (un)sustainability of digital transformations; and a blog series on digitalisation and inclusion. In 2023, the consortium will reconvene and follow-up on the progress of the PRODIGEES publication projects, at a destination yet to be determined.
PRODIGEES stands for Promoting Research on Digitalisation in Emerging Powers and Europe Towards Sustainable Development. It is an EU Horizon 2020 funded research staff exchange project from 2020 to 2025, which aims to produce high quality academic publications on the effects of digitalisation as they pertain to governance, society, the economy and the environment. The project is a major instrument of the digitalisation research wing of the Managing Global Governance (MGG) programme at IDOS.