The H2020 project ETAPAS explores the use of disruptive technologies (DTs) in public administration. The aim of ETAPAS is to develop a framework for the responsible use of disruptive technologies in the public sector together with representatives of public authorities.

ETAPAS stands for „Ethical Technology Adaption in Public Administration Services”. The project is coordinated by the Ministero dell’Economia e delle Finanze (Italy) and comprises partners from Italy, Denmark, Norway, Greece, Belgium, Sweden, France and Austria.

The ETAPAS team at the University of Graz is coordinated by Professor Iris Eisenberger and Professor Tina Ehrke-Rabel. The team is currently focusing on the existing legal framework in the EU regarding the use of disruptive technologies. Building on this, the team will examine four different use-cases. The use cases include (among others) a municipality-chatbot and care-robots and are intended to enable general guidelines for the ethical and legally sound use of disruptive technologies by public authorities.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101004594 



Project Updates

Disruptive technologies in the public sector: how to manage ethical risks and social impacts?


We are excited to announce the first public event organized by the ETAPAS project!

The workshop on April 30 2021 will provide a space for European policymakers, researchers and practitioners to share know-how and stimulate discussion on the challenges, opportunities and pitfalls of implementing disruptive technologies responsibly in the public sector, learning from the experiences of other similar initiatives and networking. The workshop will take place online on 30 April 2021 from 10:00 to 12:40 CET. You are welcome to register for free at the workshop’s Event page.


Blog Post: European Legal Framework


When the public sector aims to introduce disruptive technologies (DTs), different legal requirements must be adhered to. Read more about our research within the H2020 Project ETAPAS in this post, published by the ETAPAS-Network: Clarifying the European legal framework for respectful use of Disruptive technologies – the picture so far


H2020: ETAPAS Kick Off Meeting


On December 12, the ETAPAS Team at the University of Graz came together for an official Kick-Off meeting. The team is coordinated by Professor Iris Eisenberger & Professor Tina Ehrke-Rabel.