Westfield, NJ (PRWEB) October 30, 2009
The inaugural meeting of the RISE project was held in New Delhi on September 24th and 25th, 2009, marking the broadening of an ongoing global dialogue on biometrics, data protection, and security ethics. Global Security Intelligence, as part of the RISE consortium, moderated one of the panels, and participated in engaging policymakers, industry players, and other key stakeholders in a broad ranging discussion of the key issues facing a changing technological and geopolitical landscape.
The recent meeting, which took place at the Hotel Taj Palace in New Delhi, was organized by the Data Security Council of India (DSCI), a self-regulatory organization created by Nasscom. The meeting addressed broad issues between the EU and India related to the vital policy issues of security, data protection, privacy and ethics. Panel topics covered concerns on the use of biometric data, current practices in privacy protection, cyber security from a government's perspective, discussions on physical security, as well as reviewed several case studies related to the secure and privacy enhancing use of biometrics. The overall goal of the event was to promote and foster international conversations between India and Europe on these topics, as well as to engage stakeholders from the US and from other Asian nations.
The expert speakers included European Union and Indian authorities, stakeholders from industries, and opinion leaders. Key government officials presenting at the event included: Dr. Philippe de Taxis du Poet, Science Counsellor, Delegation of the European Commission to India, Bhutan and Nepal; Ms. Bénédicte Havelange, European Data Protection Supervisor; Mr. R. Chandrashekhar, Secretary, DIT, Govt. of India; Dr. Gulshan Rai, Director General, Cert-In, Govt. of India; and Shri Sachin Pilot, Minister of State, Ministry of Communications & IT, Govt. of India.
This inaugural conference was well attended by more than 300 participants, as noted by GSI Managing Director Kush Wadhwa, "it was quite exciting to see so many new participants involved in this dialogue, and in particular to observe a well-balanced discussion between governmental policy-makers and their technology counterparts, providing one another with keen insights and quite different perspectives." Emilio Mordini, Director of the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship, Coordinator of the RISE project commented that "biometrics and other technologies for security and identity management are a cornerstone of the new global world. We need initiatives to promote conversation among the main actors and reflection on fundamental human values affected by these technologies."
The meeting in New Delhi has also served as a preparatory discussion, setting the agenda for an International Conference to be held in Hong Kong, China on January 4-5, 2010. Prior to the January Conference, a series of three stakeholder workshops will be initiated to examine key areas of interest in a European context. The first workshop, on the topic of "Personal Identity & Identification," will be held on November 5-6 in Brussels, looking at security issues related to border control, immigration, national ID programs, and entitlement programs with particular attention to new technologies, deployments of existing technologies and the link between technologies, procedures and operations in policy initiatives. This workshop will be of interest to immigration officials, law enforcement, and others in various national and transnational roles.
The key outcomes of this first workshop, along with two others, on the subjects of "Movement of People & Goods (March 25-26, 2010), and "Cyber Security" (September 23-24, 2010) will feed into a multi-stakeholder conference to be held in Brussels in December 2010.
About Global Security Intelligence
Global Security Intelligence (http://globalseci.com/about-gsi) 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.
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), and the University of Tartu (EE.)