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Book on „Security, Privacy and Surveillance“ published

Surveillance, Privacy and Security: Citizens‘ Perspectives (PRIO New Security Studies)

edited by Michael Friedewald , J Peter Burgess , Johann Čas, Rocco Bellanova , Walter Peissl 

Routledge 2017, ISBN978-1138649248, 272 pages

This volume examines the relationship between privacy, surveillance and security, and the alleged privacy-security trade-off, focusing on the citizen’s perspective. It is based on talks given at the joint conference of the PRISMS, SurPRISE and PACT FP7 projects held in Vienna in November 2015.

Recent revelations of mass surveillance programmes clearly demonstrate the ever-increasing capabilities of surveillance technologies. The lack of serious reactions to these activities shows that the political will to implement them appears to be an unbroken trend. The resulting move into a surveillance society is, however, contested for many reasons. Are the resulting infringements of privacy and other human rights compatible with democratic societies? Is security necessarily depending on surveillance? Are there alternative ways to frame security? Is it possible to gain in security by giving up civil liberties, or is it even necessary to do so, and do citizens adopt this trade-off? This volume contributes to a better and deeper understanding of the relation between privacy, surveillance and security, comprising in-depth investigations and studies of the common narrative that more security can only come at the expense of sacrifice of privacy. The book combines theoretical research with a wide range of empirical studies focusing on the citizen’s perspective. It presents empirical research exploring factors and criteria relevant for the assessment of surveillance technologies. The book also deals with the governance of surveillance technologies. New approaches and instruments for the regulation of security technologies and measures are presented, and recommendations for security policies in line with ethics and fundamental rights are discussed.

Apart from the hardcover edition, there is also an e-book that is available via green way open access.

„Seven types of Privacy“ discussed at CPDP 2017

At this year’s Conference „Computers, Privacy and Data Protection“ (CPDP 2017), I discussed typologies of privacy in a panel organised by Bart-Japp Koops.

Revisited work done in the PRESCIENT project some time ago and made clear that typologies are not an end in themselves but are useful instruments to structure the thinking about social phenomena and therefore need to be updated regularly.

VideoPresentation slides (2017) and Original Paper authored together with Rachel Finn and David Wright (2013)


e-Sides project is starting officially in January 2017

The e-Sides-project, a coordination and support action in the field of privacy-preserving big data technologies is starting officially on 19 January 2017 with a kick-off-meeting in Luxembourg. The kick-off meeting is co-located with the Information and Networking Days on Horizon 2020 Big Data PPP’s which is taking place on 17 and 18 January 2017. e-Sides will complement the research on privacy-preserving big data technologies, by analysing, mapping and clearly identifying the main societal and ethical challenges emerging from the adoption of big data technologies, conforming to the principles of responsible research and innovation; setting up and organizing a sustainable dialogue between industry, research and social actors, as well as networking with the main Research and Innovation Actions and Large Scale Pilots and other framework programme projects interested in these issues.

The Privacy and Security Mirrors (PRISMS) Umfragedaten jetzt öffentlich verfügbar

Neu im GESIS – Datenarchiv für Sozialwissenschaften verfügbar sind die Daten der Studie „The Privacy and Security Mirrors (PRISMS) – Towards a European Framework For Integrated Decision Making“ unter der Nummer ZA6296.

Primärforscher dieser Studie sind:
Szekely, Iván, Eötvös Károly Policy Institute
Raab, Charles, University Edinburgh
van der Ploeg, Irma, University Maastricht
Gutwirth, Serge, Vrije Universiteit Brussels
Wright, David, Trilateral Research Ltd.
van Lieshout, Marc, Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research
Skinner, Gideon, Ipsos MORI
Friedewald, Michael, Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)

Datensatz: 1.0.0 (01.07.2016) doi:10.4232/1.12559

Zugangsklasse: A – Daten und Dokumente sind für die akademische Forschung und Lehre freigegeben.

Weitere Informationen im Datenbestandskatalog: Studienbeschreibung.

Suggested citation:

Friedewald, Michael; Skinner, Gideon; van Lieshout, Marc; Wright, David; Gutwirth, Serge; van der Ploeg, Irma; Raab, Charles; Szekely, Iván (2016): The Privacy and Security Mirrors (PRISMS) – Towards a European Framework For Integrated Decision Making. GESIS Datenarchiv, Köln. ZA6296 Datenfile Version 1.0.0, doi:10.4232/1.12559

Gibt es in einer digitalen Welt ein Recht auf Offline-Alternativen?

Workshop im Rahmen der CPDP 2016, Computers, Privacy & Data Protection

Zeit: Donnerstag, 28. Januar 2016, 14.00 Uhr

Ort: Brüssel, Belgien

Ob Auto, Kühlschrank oder Fernseher – wir leben in einer zunehmend digitalisierten und vernetzten Welt, die das Sammeln personenbezogener Daten mit sich bringt. Gibt es oder sollte es ein Recht darauf geben, offline zu bleiben?

Im Rahmen der neunten internationalen CPDP-Konferenz in Brüssel, vom 27. Januar bis 29. Januar, organisiert Forum Privatheit, unterstützt durch das Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung ISI, einen Workshop zu Fragen nach dem Recht auf Offline-Alternativen in einer digitalen Welt. Diskutiert werden Vorteile und Problemen eines solchen Rechts sowie mögliche technologische Probleme und Lösungen.

Unter Vorsitz von Brent Mittelstadt, Oxford Internet Institute (UK) und Moderation von Tobias Matzner, University of Tübingen (DE), diskutieren Ero Balsa, KU Leuven (BE), Katleen Gabriels, VUB (BE), Hille Koskela, University of Turku (FI), Carsten Ochs, University of Kassel (DE).

Alle Informationen zum Programm und zur Anmeldung finden Sie unter

Just published: „Factors influencing citizens’ attitudes towards surveillance oriented security technologies“

Friedewald, Michael, and Marc van Lieshout, „Factors influencing citizens’ attitudes towards surveillance oriented security technologies„, in Constanze Scherz, Tomáš Michalek, Leonhard Hennen, Lenka Hebáková, Julia Hahn, and Stefanie Seitz (eds.), The Next Horizon of Technology Assessment: Proceedings from the PACITA 2015 Conference in Berlin, Technology Centre ASCR, Prague, 2015, pp. 259-264.

New article: Civilizing drones: Military discourses going civil

Braun, Sven, Michael Friedewald, and Govert Valkenburg, „Civilizing drones: Military discourses going civil„, Science & Technology Studies, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2015, pp. 73-87.

This article presents an account of how a technology being transferred from one area of deployment to another entails that specific discourses travel along. In particular, we show that the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS, often referred to as drones) is importantly determined by its military progeny, as the civilian context inherits specific discourses from the military context. Contemporary ideas of privacy and security in drone use can be largely traced back to this original context. We show that concepts and their relative importance primarily depend on the discourses that travel together with the technologies on which the concepts aim to act. There is no technological reason for privacy and security to be implemented the way they are, nor can their implementation be explained merely from socio-political or moral discourses. Instead, material and discursive mechanisms successfully enact and reproduce the dominant military viewpoint.

Workshop: Smart Technologies – Workshop on challenges and trends for privacy in a hyper-connected world (20/8/2015)

At the IFIP Summer School on Privacy and Identity Management in Edinburgh the Forum Privacy and Self Determined Life in the Digital Work has organised a workshop on „Smart Technologies – Workshop on challenges and trends for privacy in a hyper-connected world“

Speaker include:

* Andreas Baur, Tübingen University
* Michael Friedewald/Murat Karaboga, Fraunhofer ISI
* Christian Geminn, Kassel University
* Hannah Obersteller/Felix Bieker/Marit Hansen, ULD