TRUST - Digital TuRn in EUrope: Strengthening relational. reliance through Technology Projects uri icon



  • European Research Project


  • GA-101007820

date/time interval

  • September 1, 2021 - August 31, 2025


  • TRUST promotes an interdisciplinary research program, involving academic and non-academic institutions, in order to
    understand the role of trust in the implementation of digital technologies and suggest actual means of development.
    Assuming that the digital transformation of European society can be fully achieved only if technologies evolve in a
    trustworthy environment, the project analyses the mutual influence between trust and digital technologies in order to raise
    relational reliance in people-to-people, people-to-business and people-to-authorities interactions.
    The attention is on blockchain technology (BCT) as one of the most relevant forms of Distributed Ledger Technology. BCT is
    considered a trust-building machine as it creates new forms of relational reliance. BCT projects the issue of trust in a new
    dimension that we intend to explore, in adherence with the initiatives and key actions promoted by the EC in the
    Communication “Shaping Europe’s digital future” (COM (2020) 67final), where it is remarked that trust and digital
    transformation of society go hand-in-hand.
    The research and knowledge transfer programme evolves around key topics, such as: the development of a suitable
    regulatory framework for the effective integration of BTC in a trust-based society; the transition towards a fair and
    competitive peer to peer economy; the applications of BTC in the field of AI, to assure security and trust; the development of
    new models of collaborative governance for smart and trust-based cities.
    The consortium gathers expertise from different backgrounds (legal, economic, engineering), belonging to EU countries, as
    well as Israel and China. Complementary research perspectives, innovative training and international/intersectoral
    cooperation will boost staff careers development by studying how the use of digital technologies can shape a trustworthy
    European environment, in which citizens are empowered in how they act and interact, and


  • legal systems; constitutions; foundations of law; european law; key enabling technologies for development; algorithms; artificial intelligence; intelligent systems; multi agent systems; blockchain; trust and relational reliance; legal categories and remedies; transition to peer to peer economy; ai; technical privacy and security; governance and management of cities