Digitalisation is one of the cornerstones of almost any organisation's development nowadays. But how to navigate the digital shift without loosing sight of our values? How can cultural operators choose digital tools and platforms that are sustainable, inclusive and respectful of our data? How can we make sure that they fit our needs and that we are not serving theirs?
The ENCC and Ethical Digitalisation
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The COVID-19 pandemic intensified and speeded up the digital shift. As the ENCC, like other cultural organisations, translated a large part of its activities to online format, we felt the need to evaluate our digital choices and reflect on them. In autumn 2020, Ethical Digitalisation became a strand of the ENCC's larger Seeds of Sustainability (SOS) pilot programme about culture and sustainability.
In the coming years, we will seek to renew our communication and daily working tools with a strong focus on ethics, inclusion and transparency. This includes defining an ethical, inclusive and transparent approach to digital tools for cultural operators, testing alternatives to GAFAM platforms and tools, and reflecting on the digital shift itself, underlining the value of non-digital tools, events and communications.
Who is part of the ENCC Working Group on Ethical Digitalisation?
Our Working Group on Ethical Digitalization is a transectorial platform gathering ENCC members, other cultural managers, partner networks, civil society organisations, and students and educators from the IT sector. It is coordinated by Lapo Bettarini, member of the ENCC Advisory Group. The first meeting of the group was held in August 2021, to share expectations and reflect on work paths. Participants' organisations include:
Experts and practitioners with experience, needs, challenges or questions to share with the group are welcome to join. To find out how to participate, please contact Pierre Vachaudez.
What does the Working Group do?
Beyond sharing knowledge and practices, exploring strategies, and testing tools, the group will also define its own goals and projects as it develops. It will participate in the ENCC's digital communications strategy with recommendations in terms of ethics, transparency, accessibility and data protection. It will also test tools to be adopted by the ENCC as well as other participating organisations. Together, we'll try to move towards a greener, fairer and more inclusive digital communication and use of online space.