Global Security Intelligence Awarded Contract for RISE Project

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Global Security Intelligence was awarded a contract as part of a consortium which aims to promote pan-European and international awareness on ethical aspects of biometrics and security technologies. The 10-member consortium is focused on ensuring that policy concerning global security is ethically informed.

Global Security Intelligence (GSI) was awarded a contract as part of a consortium which aims to promote pan-European and international awareness on ethical aspects of biometrics and security technologies. The 10-member consortium is focused on ensuring that policy concerning global security is ethically informed.

Project RISE (Rising pan-European and International Awareness of Biometrics and Security Ethics) is based upon three main ideas: (1) dialogue must be global; (2) policy must be ethically informed; and (3) conversation must be ongoing. The three year project aims to deepen, enlarge, and ensure continuity to transnational (European) and international dialogue already instigated by the international conferences on ethics and biometrics organized by the European Commission DG Research and the United States DHS Privacy Office.

Kush Wadhwa, Managing Director of GSI, stated, "we look forward to our work as a part of this Consortium, broadening the discussions about the ethical issues that present a challenge to the effective application of new technologies to security issues around the globe. In particular, it is exciting that this is a global dialogue, with representation from the East and West, representing a range of philosophies, political views, and economic concerns - an exciting debate is sure to ensue!"

The RISE project launched with the kickoff meeting on March 12th and 13th in Rome with the goal of ensuring that the continuity of the transnational and international dialogue already initiated by the conferences on ethics and biometrics organized in Brussels in 2005, by the European Commission, and in Washington in 2006, by the United States Department of Homeland Security. Future workshops scheduled to take place over the course of the 3-year project include:

  • September 24-25 (2009) RISE Preparatory meeting in New Delhi
  • January 4-5 (2010) 3rd International Conference in Hong Kong
  • December 9-10 (2010) Multi-stakeholder Conference
  • May 5-6 (2011) Meeting in Washington, DC

These workshops and conferences will focus upon a range of topics, including Individual Identity, Movement of People and Goods, and Cyber Security.

About Global Security Intelligence Limited:
Global Security Intelligence Limited takes a broad, holistic approach to addressing current and emerging security concerns. We work within both the public and the private sector, providing much needed services in dealing with the technical (all biometrics and complementary technologies, such as smart cards, surveillance technologies, RFID, etc.), operational, economic, cultural, and management challenges common to security initiatives. Beyond this, however, we also seek to aid our clients in developing internal organizational knowledge, empowering those tasked with development of security policy and deployment of related systems through strategy development and leadership training.

About RISE:
The RISE (Rising pan-European and International Awareness of Biometrics and Security Ethics) project is a 36-month Coordination and Support Action (CSA) funded under FP7, SP-4 Capacities, Grant agreement no.: 230389, which aims to promote pan-European and international awareness on ethical aspects of biometrics and security technologies. RISE's framing point is the new political landscape created by the Treaty of Lisbon of the European Union. The EU is now on the verge of a multifaceted reform of its decision-making rules for security which may have deep ethical and political implications. RISE will address these issues.

The RISE consortium includes the project coordinator, the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (IT) and project partners, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR), Biometric Research Centre (CHINA), Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (US), Cesagen (UK), Global Security Intelligence (US), European Biometric Forum (IR), NASSCOM - DSCI (INDIA), NCR - National Cash Register Company (UK), and the University of Tartu (EE.)

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