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Privacy - Appraising Challenges to Technologies and Ethics

Objective

The vision that motivates PRACTIS is of a society that is aware of the evolving challenges to privacy posed by emerging technologies and is equipped to respond to them. PRACTIS will assess the potential impacts on privacy from emerging technologies and new scientific knowledge. It will propose ethical frameworks and legal procedures for coping with potential risks to privacy. It will explore novel policy options for addressing individuals’ changing privacy needs in the light of new technologies, as well as exploring new ethical frameworks in law and implementing guidelines for new technology or product development. Specifically, long-range horizon scanning focused on technologies that might impact on privacy will be conducted. Technologies such as nano, bio, info and cognition (NBIC) will be explored and new threats to privacy will be evaluated. In addition, trends in changing perceptions of privacy will be surveyed (including among high school students). These empirical studies will provide the basis for future scenarios of the privacy-technology interface which in turn will lead to the formulation of new ethical frameworks and legal considerations. Research methods will include interviews, expert surveys, focus groups, and brainstorming. PRACTIS will generate deeper knowledge and higher awareness among scholars and relevant stakeholders regarding the early identification of changes in privacy perceptions due to new technologies. An innovative idea to be explored in PRACTIS is the embedding of privacy issues in the development process of new technologies. By bringing leading experts in technology foresight and assessment together with specialists in ethical and legal aspects of privacy, PRACTIS offers a unique combination of disciplines that will produce new knowledge on the relationship between technology, privacy and ethics. Implications of the findings will be derived for policymakers, scholars, standardisation bodies and other stakeholders.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING
Address
Tel Aviv University Ramat-aviv
69978 Ramat Aviv Tel Aviv
Israel
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 286 368,02
Administrative Contact
Tal Soffer (Dr.)

Participants (7)

UNIVERSITE DE NAMUR ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 140 120
Address
Rue De Bruxelles 61
5000 Namur
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yves Poullet (Dr.)
FUNDACJA EUROPEJSKIEJ WSPOLPRACY NAUKOWEJ

Participation ended

Poland
EU contribution
€ 10 627,97
Address
Modlinska 105
05110 Jabłonna
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Tadeusz Zoltowski (Prof.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 141 800
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eliisa Särkilahti (Dr.)
INTERDISCIPLINARY CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE RESEARCH IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - ICCR

Participation ended

Austria
EU contribution
€ 96 568
Address
Schottenfeldgasse 69/1
1070 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Liana Giorgi (Dr.)
TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 84 000
Address
Ramat Aviv
69978 Tel Aviv
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lea Pais (Ms.)
NEXUS INSTITUT FUR KOOPERATIONS MANAGEMENT UND INTERDISZIPLINARE FORSCHUNG GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 151 400
Address
Willdenowstrasse 38
12203 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Liudger Dienel (Dr.)
UNIWERSYTET LODZKI
Poland
EU contribution
€ 77 572,01
Address
Ul Prezydenta Gabriela Narutowicza 68
90 136 Lodz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ewelina Wronka