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

Expert and Stakeholder Workshops

The first expert and stakeholder workshop was hold on the 12th of February 2013 in Vienna, AUT.

This workshop focused on Work Package 3 “Exploring the Challenges”, which was led project partner IRKS (Institut für Rechts- und Kriminalsoziologie) from Vienna. Besides IRKS, mainly involved in this WP have been the Law Department of the European University Institute, Florence (EUI) and the “Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (ULD)” from Kiel, Germany.

WP3 – “Exploring the Challenges” addresses the problems of privacy and security from an acceptability perspective, investigating in detail technological developments and their legal governance against the background of alternative (e.g. non-technical) options for handling security threats.

The three key questions to be discussed were:

  • To what extent can privacy issues have a technological solution?
  • How can privacy be governed using law’s tool kit?
  • Can security be maintained without extensive use of privacy intrusive technologies?

The second expert and stakeholder workshop was hold on the 16th of October 2014 in Florence, ITA.

The employment of the stakeholder workshop served the main purpose to get additional input, win new perspectives and expert perceptions about the recommendations derived from the large-scale citizen summits and the small scale events as described in the next section. For this reason, a number of international experts from different fields were invited to the workshop in order to discuss a set of recommendations addressing a number of issues raised by the citizens.

The setting of the workshop consisted of three main building blocks:
(1) A brief background information a few days before were submitted to the participating experts.
(2) The workshop started with presentations given by members of the SurPRISE consortium providing some insights into the main results from the project .
(3) The main part of the stakeholder workshop was dedicated to moderated table discussions with the experts. In order to establish a vivid climate for discussions with different perspectives, each table consisted of experts from different fields.

At each of these tables 4 draft recommendations were discussed by the stakeholders. These recommendations were gathered from the results of the different discussion rounds at the participatory events and represent major issues of concern for the participating citizens. The topics were mixed ranging from legal, technical, organisational, political and economic issues in the privacy-security context that were discussed and raised by the citizens during the participatory events. At the workshop each table was facilitated with members of the SurPRISE consortium one acting as moderator the other as a table secretary taking notes that were directly integrated into a Web-based tool prepared by the Danish Board of Technology. In the next step, the main discussion points raised by the experts were presented via this tool from the note takers at each table to the audience for a short plenary discussion to gather the most important issues. During the lively discussions the experts brought in several additional and new perspectives to the recommendations derived from the participatory events. In total, this stakeholder workshop provided important input for assessing and improving the applicability of the recommendations towards decision making processes as will be elaborated in the final policy paper Deliverable 6.13.

An alliance with relevant experts and stakeholders is essential. They can contribute to a broader view and debate on citizens, privacy, security and surveillance. The experts who were invited are heterogeneous, representing different levels of interest and influence, but all of them play to a lesser or greater extent a role when it comes to changing the discourse as different perspectives are also crucial for considering and developing alternatives to existing security approaches.

The invited users and stakeholders for the workshop cover a broad range of different experts including decision makers, representatives from the security industry, technology developers and suppliers, the European Commission, national security research programmes, law enforcement agencies, data protection authorities, ministries as well as civil society, particularly members from human rights and privacy organisations.