The Europe we want is a Europe that looks at the future in a responsible way when dealing with the digital transformation of our society.
Digital technologies present great opportunities for the development of our societies, but they are also associated with many risks.
On the one hand, there is an incredible enthusiasm for the many possibilities that they can bring, on the other hand, citizens start to feel a sense of growing concern about their use.
Growing phenomena such as online disinformation, data exploitation for commercial and political misuse are–among others- possible negative sides of the digital revolution.
In this field, Europe has and will have a more important role to play in the coming years.
The key decisions about the adoption of possible regulatory measures will be taken within the EU and will most probably have even a greater impact worldwide.
In fact, many questions are yet to be solved and most probably many more will arise as the application of digital technologies could extend to many societal aspects.
"For these reasons, it is essential that Europe will put citizens first when considering digital transformation"
We want a Europe that will ensure that the rights of its own citizens will be protected in the digital environment and that will push for the development of a deeper understanding and knowledge of often complex topics among Europeans.
The Europe that we want is a Europe that looks at the future fostering innovation and exploiting all the potential of the digital transformation, but without forgetting to act responsibly and taking into consideration citizens’ needs.
About the author:
Flavio Grazian is the European Democracy Coordinator at the European Citizens Action Service, ECAS.
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