INformation in the EU’s DIgitalised GOvernance (INDIGO)

Duration: 2020 - 2023
Funder: Norface (NORFACE Democratic Governance in a Turbulent Age programme)

INDIGO focuses on the future of democratic governance in Europe and the relation between the individual and the public sphere. The project addresses the impact of digitalisation of the multi-jurisdictional implementation of policies in Europe, through joint information systems and the use of advanced machine learning systems.

INDIGO is a project on pressing issues affecting the future of democratic governance in Europe and the relation between the individual and the public sphere. INDIGO undertakes a structured analysis and develops an innovative approach to analysing and addressing the impact of digitalisation of the multijurisdictional implementation of policies in Europe through joint information systems and the use of advanced machine learning systems based on algorithms on possibilities of steering of decision-making by democratic legislation, individual participation, the protection of fundamental rights and the enforcement of the rule of law through independent judicial review.

The objectives and outcome are, first, to map the profoundly transformative impact of innovative information technologies on rule-making and decision-making procedures and their impact on constitutional values enshrined in EU public law. Second, to develop future-proof regulatory approaches to realising these values in an age of technological innovation. INDIGO will thereby develop pathways to ensure that the use of information technology will both enhance the rule of law, democracy, transparency and the protection of fundamental individual rights as well as efficiency in problem solving and provision of public goods.

More information on the 'Democratic governance in a turbulent age' programme by the EU's Norface Network and INDIGO can be found on the website of the Norface Network. The INDIGO project was granted 1.5 million euros for the project duration.

INDIGO is a joint project headed by Professor Herwig Hofmann (project leader) at the University of Luxembourg in cooperation with principal investigators Professor Franziska Boehm at the FIZ Karlsruhe (Germany), Professor Oriol Mir at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Professor Jens-Peter Schneider at the University of Freiburg and Professor Päivi Leino-Sandberg and Samuel Wrigley at the Erik Castrén Institute.