Daniela Paoletti, Maria Luisa Stasi, Vincenzo Zeno Zencovich

In the sea of uncertainty that we are experiencing and that is affecting all sectors of our economy and lives, what emerges is how digital technologies and data can become important instruments to monitor the Covid19 epidemic. Data will be used to track down the movement of the COVID19 positive population and to structure measures for a safe return to socialization in a very problematic post pandemic normality.

Taking into consideration the models used or under discussion in different States, it is particularly interesting to see how issues already addressed at the European level in the GDPR will be subject to revision by virtue of the need to protect public health. Furthermore, who will be in charge of managing the system and the data in this situation is another very important and problematic aspect that is sharpening the debate on the role of public and private actors in data management.

It is likely that these measures will reverberate in the social sphere and in the functioning of the markets - and in less democratic countries also in other forms of political control over the population - and, in this sense, it is fundamental to find a way in order to guarantee a return to a different management of data after the emergency is over.

The seminar aims at discussing the growing importance of data in the current context and in a future perspective, analyzing in particular the issues of technology control, privacy, automated and algorithmic decision-making and regulatory implications.