July 2011

The European Commission will launch a call for proposals for RTD projects in the area of Trustworthy ICT (Objective 1.4), as part of the challenge 1 of the ICT Work Programme 2011-2012. The call for proposals will open on 26 July 2011 and will be closed on 17 January 2012. The budget for this call is EUR 80mln.

The objective aims to contribute to a trustworthy Information Society based on an ecosystem of digital communication, data processing and service provisioning infrastructures, with trustworthiness in its design, as well as respect for human and societal values and cultures. Projects must ensure strong interplay with legal, social and economic research in view of develop-ment of a techno-legal system that is usable, socially accepted and economically viable.

There are four main target outcomes foreseen:
-Heterogenous networked, service and computing environments (IP/STREPs)
-Trust, eIdentity and Privacy management infrastructures (IP/STREPs)
-Data policy, governance and socio-economic systems (IP/STREPs)
-Networking and coordination activities (NoE/CSA)

The total budget of the call is EUR 80 million with the following indicative budget distribution:
-IP/STREP: EUR 70 million of which a minimum of 50% to IPs and a minimum of 30% to STREPs
-NoE/CSA: EUR 10 million.

For a detailed description of the call and more information, please refer to:
-The ICT Work Programme 2011-2012:
-General information on how to prepare, submit and manage a project proposal:
-Information about the ICT Proposer's Day (19-20 May 2011 in Budapest):

Objective 1.4 Infoday

On 20 September 2011 the European Commission will organise an information day on ICT FP7 Call 8, objective 1.4 - Trustworthy ICT. Please find out more or register to the event by following the link:

On 22 June 2011 the Trust and Security Unit organised a workshop 'Socio-Economics in Trustworthy ICT' with the aim to explore avenues for the Trustworthy ICT Call 8. Four key topics have been discussed at the workshop, in particular Economics of Cyber-Security, Innovation potential and barriers of security products and services, Privacy balance of power and Trust Measurement, and Security information and data for research, industrial and strategic decision making. Over 20 experts from academia, research and private sector attended the workshop and exchanged their research experiences and trends.

A report capturing the main items presented and discussed at each of the sessions will soon be published on .


Future Internet PPP

The first phase of a €600 million public-private partnership on the Internet of the Future (FI-PPP) was launched on 3 May by European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. The partnership will support innovation in Europe and help businesses and governments to develop internet solutions to benefit from the exponential increase in online data. Whilst so far we have experienced the Internet of connected computers and connected people, the Internet is now going mobile and it will connect a whole range of machines and objects. The current Internet is simply not capable of managing these future data streams, nor is it able to provide the desired accuracy, resilience and safety. The partnership will explore eight areas where this data revolution could spur innovation and jobs in the mobile, software and service industries.

The projects comprising the first phase of the FI-PPP will together receive €90 million in EU funding, which is to be matched by the project consortia. In total, the European Commission has made available €300 million in funding over 5 years for this PPP. Europe's research organisations, public sector and industry have committed for an equal amount.

Future Internet technologies are instrumental in tackling societal challenges, including employment, sustainability and health. For more information on the FI-PPP, please visit .

FIA Budapest

The 7th Future Internet Assembly took place in Budapest (Hungary), on 18 and 19 May 2011. The high number of topics discussed during the different sessions showed an increasing interest in the applications of the Future Inter-net. Issues about the development of technology are more and more com-plemented by socio-economic and political concerns. The importance of creating new Future Internet technologies in Europe to compete worldwide, of the involvement of users and SMEs, and the key role of the Member states, has been highlighted. Privacy, Security and Trust were also listed as one of the key challenges to be addressed, on both policy and research level.

Highlights of some of the sessions relevant to the Trust and Security community included:

  • Future Internet Beyond FP7. The FIA Research Roadmap version one was presented. The document is a report on the FIA community consultation on the research priorities for the Future Internet with impact on 2020 and beyond. It has been published just before the event and will go into another iteration to include more input: .

  • Information-Centric Networking. The speakers presented and discussed with the attendee the challenges that will be faced in the future related to the always increasing amount of content on the Internet. Privacy is one of the issues that will continue to arise with this growth.

  • The Economics of Privacy. This session identified privacy as a major socio-economic concern in the FI and noted that the economic aspect of privacy has not been thoroughly investigated. Conclusions of the sessions highlighted some key messages for future work.

  • Internet of Things and the Future Internet. A dedicated panel dis-cussed the Trust and Security challenges related to IoT. A large number of security challenges for the IoT were presented in the areas of architectures, standards, application security, privacy and trust, life cycle, bootstrapping, network security, mobility, integration, and trust and security models for things

  • Security and usability. Speakers presented and discussed on the contrast between a usable and a secure Future Internet. Some of the challenges, already faced today, include the awareness of the users, the balance between secure software design and unexpected user behaviour, the transparency and the easiness to understand the tools.

Complete reports and links to the slides can be found at .

Next FIA will part of the Future Internet Week in Poznan, 24-28 October 2011 ( ).

Future Internet Conference

The day before the FIA kicked off, the Future Internet Conference was held also in Budapest and focussed on Future Internet and Innovation. Items on the agenda included the Future Internet PPP, Future Internet driven innova-tion and Future Internet beyond FP7. For more information on the conference and the speakers, as well as their presentations, please see .


The Effectsplus coordination action organised a second trust and security clustering meeting in Amsterdam on 4-5 July. It consisted of two parallel one-day workshops, organized by the "Systems & Network" cluster and the "Services & Cloud" cluster ( ).

The event is part of the periodic collaboration meetings that Effectsplus organises in order to discuss synergies among projects and how they can benefit from them. Some of the call 1 and 5 projects have already attended previous meetings. The next clustering event will take place in February 2012 in Bristol (UK).

The event in Amsterdam was co-located with the SySsec Workshop and DIMVA2011 conference. See next topic for more information on the SysSec workshop.

SysSec Workshop

he FP7-SysSec NoE organized its first workshop on System Security Re-search on the 6th July 2011 at the VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Firstly, PhD students had the opportunity to present their student papers on novel and outstanding research in Systems Security. A second part was made of presentations of papers from members of the Syssec community. Research group representatives, mainly from Europe but also worldwide, presented their current and future research roadmap on the area. The workshop also included a session on Building a long term INCO strategy in Trustworthy ICT, organised in collaboration with the FP7-BIC project. Experts from Europe, US and South Africa have presented and discussed on the needed framework to facilitate global exchange of information in the field of research in trustworthy ICT.

The workshop was co-located with DIMVA 2011. More information on

News from projects

European Data Protection Supervisor publishes opinion on Turbine project results

For the first time, the European Data Protection Supervisor has adopted an opinion on a research project funded by the European Union under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technology Development. The EDPS particularly welcomed the strong relevance of the TURBINE project to 'data protection issues'. The full opinion is available on the EDPS website:


The its final results were pre-sented at the Information Security Conference SEC2011 in Lucerne, Switzer-land. ( The project focussed in various areas of pri-vacy and identity management. PrimeLife produced a wide variety of results. Some examples are: a list of recommendations to Industry and Policy Makers tackling the issues of the European Data Protection Framework; the book "Privacy and Identity Management for Life"; the Dashboard, a Firefox exten-sion that helps users track what information is collected by the websites they visit, together with a means to set their preferences on a site by site basis; the social network platform Clique that enables users to easily set the audi-ence of their postings and profile attributes; and contribution to standardiza-tion bodies such as the extensions to policy languages as XAML. For more information on the results please visit .


Privacy protection of users of social and mobile communities can be enhanced further as a result of a European funded research project PICOS ( ). The project, which presented its solutions at the recent 26th International Information Security Conference 2011 in Switzerand, focuses on privacy and identity management aspects of mobile social communities. Given the significant rise of social communities and the growing relevance of mobile community services within the last years, the researchers investigated the emerging tension between the usage and the protection of personal information within such communities and established techniques to enhance the privacy of users of these social and mobile platforms. The PICOS concepts provide benefits for various (mobile) services within social communities.

In addition to innovative privacy enhancing concepts, other notable achievements include thought leadership in the areas of Partial Identities, Sub-Community management and Location Blurring. One of the most compelling outcomes from the project is the evidence of how user feedback can influence and help evolve design concepts. PICOS has convincingly demonstrated that by following the principle of Privacy by Design, users can re-gain control of their personal information, a very important foundation for the sustainable enhancement of privacy within social communities.

For more information on the project, see .

Coming Events - save the dates!


Objective 1.4 Trustworthy ICT Infoday
20 September 2011 Brussels, Belgium
Do not miss this infoday and learn all about the upcoming Trustworthy ICT call, meet with peers and exchange ideas about proposals!


Workshop on ontology and taxonomies for critical infrastructures
17 October 2011 Brussels, Belgium
With all stakeholders from R&D and industry, ENISA and the European Commission organise a joint workshop on ontology and taxonomies for the resilience of CIs.


Cyber Resilience 2011
24-26 October 2011 London, UK
Cyber Resilience will adopt a holistic approach to security, with multiple streams covering policy, process, people and technology. Key elements of dis-cussion will include: The reality of the cyber threat, Protecting critical infra-structure, systems and networks & Technical and procedural solutions.

Future Internet Week Poznan
24-28 October 2011
Poznan, Poland
The “Future Internet Week” will offer a series of events: conferences, meet-ings and workshops concerning different aspects of the Future Internet, which will create an unprecedented synergy between many professionals from all over Europe.

ENISE 2011
26-28 October 2011 Leon, Spain
The fifth ENISE, whose motto is “towards a more reliable connected society” takes under consideration the Digital Agenda for Europe, especially the “Trust and Security” planned actions and the “Plan Avanza 2” strategy 2011-2015. In this framework ENISA will approach the following issues: “critical infra-structures protection” “Security in the Cloud Computing” “Mobile Device security and privacy”.


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