CANVAS is the first European project that provides an integrative view on the ethical and regulatory issues of cybersecurity. The project unified technology developers and service providers with legal and ethical scholars and social scientists to approach the challenge of aligning cybersecurity with European values and fundamental rights. Running from September 2016 to October 2019, the project brought together stakeholders from key areas of the European Digital Agenda, the health system, business/finance, and law enforcement/national security, for discussing challenges and solutions at the junction of cybersecurity and ethics. A special focus of CANVAS was on raising awareness of the ethics of cybersecurity through teaching and training in academia and industry.

The results of CANVAS target primarily three groups critical for promoting a secure and innovative ecosystem fostering the production of cybersecurity technologies and services aligned with European values. For each group, a Deliverable has been prepared. For policy makers, briefing packages have been produced, which summarize the main findings of CANVAS. For academic teachers and industry experts, a reference curriculum has been generated that outlines how ethical and legal issues related to cybersecurity can be implemented in the training of cybersecurity experts. Students in ICT or related fields can learn about these issues in a Massive Open Online Course.

The project has identified several gaps with respect to ethical research and European cybersecurity regulation that need to be addressed by future research and innovation. In 14 workshops, CANVAS has brought together several dozens of cybersecurity experts with a particular focus on non-technical aspects. This pool of experts provides a foundation for future projects that want to focus on responsible research and innovation in cybersecurity. Through its teaching material, CANVAS equips the future generations of cybersecurity experts with basic insights and knowledge on ways to tackle ethical and legal dilemmas in cybersecurity.

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  • Start date: 1 September 2016
  • PI: Bert Gordijn - Partner
  • Acronym: CANVAS
  • Title: Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity
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  • Grant ID: 700540
  • Overall budget: €1,569,050
Project Contact
  • Bert Gordijn