EU: Security research: advisory group report on fundamental rights in a "digital intensive environment"


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Security research: advisory group report on fundamental rights in a "digital intensive environment"
22.10.18
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Earlier this year, the Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG), responsible for giving advice to the European Commission on the priorities for security research work programmes, published a report entitled 'Achieving synergies between security and information-related fundamental rights (IRFR) in a digital intensive environment" (e.g. concerning the Internet of Things, big data, mass surveillance, social media).

See: Horizon 2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG): Achieving synergies between security and information-related fundamental rights (IRFR) in a digital intensive environment (July 2018, pdf)

The report is broadly concerned with the cybersecurity theme of the Horizon 2020 security research programme (running from 2014 until 2020), although it also relates to a number of other research topics such as technologies for law enforcement agencies. The Horizon 2020 security research programme funds, for example, projects concerned with big data analysis, social media monitoring and new covert evidence-gathering devices for police forces.

The PASAG report argues that technologies to enforce fundamental rights are unlikely to be funded by industry and thus should be the focus of public funding. It makes a number of recommendations for the types of projects or topics that could be pursued.

At the same time, this desire to ensure that fundamental rights are protected in a "digital intensive environment" is, fundamentally, a means to ensure that the model of 'surveillance capitalism' that has arisen in recent years retains legitimacy in the eyes of the public.

Horizon 2020 Protection and Security Advisory Group (PASAG): Achieving synergies between security and information-related fundamental rights (IRFR) in a digital intensive environment (July 2018, pdf)

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