This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 285492.

Citizen Summits

SurPRISE explored the relation between surveillance, privacy and security. A core element of this task have been large scale citizen consultations to get European citizens involved and learn more about their views and opinions on surveillance, privacy and security.

To give people the opportunity to meet and discuss specific security technologies and their implications, public events, called ‘citizen summits’, have been held in 9 European countries:

  • Denmark
    (Aarhus, January 18th, 2014);
  • Hungary
    (Budapest, January 25th, 2014);
  • Norway
    (Oslo, February 1st, 2014);
  • Spain
    (Madrid, February 1st, 2014);
  • Italy
    (Florence, February 8th, 2014);
  • Austria
    (Vienna, February 22nd, 2014);
  • United Kingdom
    (Birmingham, March 1st and March 15th, 2014);
  • Switzerland
    (Zürich, March 8th, Yverdon-Grandson, March 22nd, and Lugano, March 29th, 2014);
  • Germany
    (Kiel, March 29th, 2014).

The results from the citizen summits have been delivered to the European Commission and have been made publicly available to the media, government and the general public.

All participants of these citizen consultations have received a booklet before the event.  The booklet contained information about three surveillance-oriented security technologies: smart closed-circuit television (CCTV); deep packet inspection (DPI); and smartphone location tracking.

  • Smart CCTV uses digital cameras, which are linked together in a system that can identify people, analyse their behaviour and detect objects with the aim of preventing malicious activity.
  • Deep packet inspection (DPI) is a cyber-surveillance tool which lets security agents read messages transmitted over the internet.
  • Smartphone location tracking makes it possible to monitor suspicious individuals by analysing information about the location and movements of their mobile phones.

Participants who attended the citizen summits discussed two of these technologies. The selection which surveillance-orientated security technologies have been shown at the respective events, had been done by the project partners. At the a whole day lasting consultations, a short documentary film has been shown, which presented the respective technology by pro and con expert statements to start off the discussion . Every participant had received a small electronic voting device called a clicker. After discussion rounds they used this clicker to answer questions about their attitudes towards the technologies. The questions were shown on a big screen at the front of the room. The last discussion round aimed at finding a consensus at each table about a recommendation the citizens wanted to address towards European policy makers.

 Information Booklets

  • Information magazine: ITA – Institute of Technology Assessment of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (German-AT)
  • Information magazine: CSIC – Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spanish)
  • Information magazine: DBT – The Danish Board of Technology Foundation (Danish)
  • Information magazine: EUI – The European University Institute (Italian-IT)
  • Information magazine: MEDÌAN – Opinion and Market Research Limited Company (Hungarian)
  • Information magazine: NBT – The Norwegian Board of Technology (Norwegian)
  • Information magazine: OU – Open University (English)
  • Information magazine: TA-SWISS – Centre for Technology Assessment, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (French-CH)
  • Information magazine: TA-SWISS – Centre for Technology Assessment, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (German-CH)
  • Information magazine: TA-SWISS – Centre for Technology Assessment, Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (Italian-CH)
  • Information magazine: ULD – Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz (German-D)

Documentary Films

These short documentary films were produced by the Open University in collaboration with TwoCatsCan. They are available in different languages with subtitles and can be found here.

Impression Films of the Summits

  • The Austrian Citizen Summit, Vienna, 22.2.2014
  • The Danish Citizen Summit, Aarhus, 18.1.2014
  • The Italian Citizen Summit, Florence, 8.2.2014
  • The Hungarian Citizen Summit, Budapest, 25.1.2014 (coming soon)
  • A Joint Citizen Summit Film about all the Citizen Summits in this project

More Videos of the other countries’ SurPRISE Summits can be found here.

Results of the citizen summits

The findings of the summits were incorporated in the corresponding national report. These reports can be accessed in the dissemination section under Deliverable D6.1-D6.9.