RISE Consortium to Meet in Brussels to Examine Global Mobility and Security

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The RISE Consortium, comprised of 10 partners from across the EU, Asia, and the US, will meet in Brussels on March 25-26 2010. This high-level workshop will focus on “Ethical and Policy Implications of Global Mobility and Security.”

The RISE Consortium, comprised of 10 partners from across the EU, Asia, and the US, will meet in Brussels on March 25-26 2010. This high-level workshop will focus on “Ethical and Policy Implications of Global Mobility and Security.” Speakers will include Mr. Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Transport Commissioner; Mr. Jaak Aaviksoo, Estonian Minister of Defense and Mr. Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor. This Workshop is the second in a series of three European Workshops leading to a regional multi-stakeholder Conference in December of this year.

Providing a glimpse at the issues that are being examined by the RISE project, presentations from the 3rd International Conference on Ethics and Policy of Biometrics and International Data Sharing held in Hong Kong on January 4-5, 2010 have recently been made available online. Amongst the presentations that can be found on the Conference website are ones from:

  •     Nataša Pirc Musar, Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia on “The Dangers of Electronic Traces: Data Protection Challenges Presented by New Technologies”;
  •     Benedicte Havelange, European Data Protection Supervisor with her presentation on “Data Protection in Post Lisbon EU”;
  •     John Kropf, Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Homeland Security, USA on “The Crossroads of Privacy and Biometrics”;
  •     Stephen Mak, Deputy Government Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong on “Information, Security and Privacy”, and
  •     Margit Sutrop, University of Tartu, Estonia who spoke on “Ethical Issues in Governing Biometric Technologies - How to Maintain Public Trust?”

All of the above presentations are accessible from the official Conference website at http://www.comp.polyu.edu.hk/conference/iceb/, or via the newly redesigned RISE project website (http://www.riseproject.eu). In addition to expanded detail on past and future events, the website now provides a simple, easy-to-use Registration facility to enable visitors to sign up to receive news from the RISE project on an ongoing basis.

About Global Security Intelligence
Global Security Intelligence performs integrative research for secure and autonomous living, taking a holistic approach to understanding how current and emerging technologies impact individuals, organisations, and governments. 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 ethical 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 the RISE Project
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 number: 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), the University of Tartu (EE), and the National ChengChi University of Taiwan.

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