Scope & delivery

Project Scope and structure

Phase 1of the TIGTech initiative will use as its starting point an understanding and definition of what the most critical elements are of today’s state of the art in trustworthy technology governance.

This Phase will also explore critical drivers of trust and distrust in governance, incorporating thinking from multiple fields, including sociology, psychology, social sciences, behavioural science and cognition. The Initiative will develop practical guidance to support those involved in the design of governance. The intended outcome is to help ensure that rules, procedures, decisions and institutions have an increased chance of not only being trustworthy, but of actually then earning political and societal trust.

The project team comprises the TIGTech directors and a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at Fraunhofer ISI, led by Prof. Jakob Edler. In addition we will be inviting contributions from a ‘trust expert group’ representing multiple fields, and an extended stakeholder network of professionals involved in tech governance internationally.

An External Advisory Panel is being convened to support the successful progression and substantive validity of TIGTech by providing intellectual challenge and input, strategic direction and ethical oversight of the initiative.

Further phases of the TIGTech Initiative will include:

  • In-depth exploration of key drivers of trust, such as Participation, Transparency, Fairness.

  • Piloting the TIGTech guidance with real world governance instruments, both statutory and voluntary, be they in operation or in the lawmaking process, followed by further guidance revision and communication of findings.

  • Public dialogue exploring the importance of governance and the potential for governance developed using the TIGTech Principles to be considered trustworthy and trusted. Accessible communication of public views and project findings will be a critical part of this initiative. Elected officials will be part of this effort.

  • A broader consultation internationally around the Principles and Guidance, and a comparative analysis of findings.

  • The Exec Team will undertake strategic advisory and knowledge sharing engagements.