RISE Consortium Hosts Meeting in Brussels to Discuss Global Mobility and Security

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The 3rd RISE Stakeholder Workshop is scheduled to be held in Brussels on 23-24 September 2010 to discuss implications of global mobility and security and extend the international dialogue on biometrics, data sharing, privacy and security issues already instigated by previous high-level conferences and workshops.

On 23 and 24 September 2010, the EU funded initiative RISE (Rising pan-European and International Awareness on Biometrics and Security Ethics) will hold a stakeholder workshop in Brussels organized by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, a member of the RISE Consortium. The overall goal of this event is to continue to promote and foster international conversation related to the ethical and policy implications of global mobility and security.

The invitation-only September stakeholder workshop is the last in a series of three European workshops leading to a regional multi-stakeholder Conference on 9 and 10 December of this year. The September workshop will include sessions on 1) Governance, Ethics and Trust, 2) Ethical Implications of Identity Management, and 3) Privacy and Anonymity in a Networked Environment. Target stakeholders include telecom, mobile phone producers, European telecommunication institutions, internet providers, and other actors interested in biometrics and the security of databases.

The upcoming workshop will be held at the European Parliament, and is expected to feature such notable speakers as Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor, Rene von Schomberg, DG RT&D, Unit Ethics and Governance, Jacques Bus, Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust, University of Luxembourg and Former Head of Unit Trust and Security ICT Program, DG Information Society and Media, Ioannis Vakalis, EC JRC Ispra, IPSC STA Unit, Andrzej Drygajlo, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Ioannis Txoukalas, MEP, Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and Bénédicte Havelange, European Data Protection Supervisor Office.

Kush Wadhwa, Managing Director of GSI stated that “this final European stakeholder workshop gives us an opportunity to look holistically at the broad range of issues driving the dialogue on how privacy, mobility, security, identity, and technology are all interlinked and how the competing priorities impact policy makers, industrial actors, and citizens at large. As technologies are continually advancing, we find that the issues around ethics, trust, and governance are evolving as well, and this examination of views is critical to ensuring that policy keeps pace with these changes.”

The RISE Consortium is comprised of ten partners from across the European Union, Asia, and the United States. Previous high-level workshops have examined security issues related to “individual identification” in regards to border control and national ID programs, as well examined the “movement of people and goods” pertaining to international airport and port authority concerns. Presentations from previous RISE events can be found on the RISE website at (http://www.riseproject.eu).

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), Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Biometric Research Centre (PRC), 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 (Taiwan).


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