Posted: 13/05/16

The ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology is to play a key role in a new consortium that aims to increase knowledge about the ethical impacts of cyber security activities. Eleven institutions and companies from seven countries will work together to build a European alliance for value-driven cyber security - the CANVAS Consortium.

Over the next three years, CANVAS will bring together stakeholders from key areas of the European Digital Agenda; the health system, finance and law enforcement/national security. These stakeholders will discuss the challenges and solutions of aligning cyber security with ethics. Raising awareness of the ethics of cyber security through teaching in academia and industry will be a special area of focus within CANVAS.

The enforcement of cyber security may bypass other fundamental values like equality, fairness and privacy due to the increasing complexity of the digital ecosystem and of global risks. Downplaying cyber security may undermine citizen’ trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure. The CANVAS Consortium is designed to tackle this issue by uniting technology developers with legal and ethical scholars and social scientists. CANVAS aims to approach the challenge of how cyber security can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights.

ADAPT are also involved in the creation of a reference curriculum for CANVAS. Wessel Reijers of the ADAPT Centre says the aim of this curriculum is “integrating ethics into cyber security studies”. The reference curriculum will focus on industry training, briefings for policy stakeholders and a massive open online course (MOOC).

CANVAS is a Collaboration and Support Action within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” coordinated by the University of Zurich Switzerland. The European Commission has provided €1 million of the €1.57 million euro budget for the Consortium. CANVAS will commence its activities in September 2016.

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