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imPACT – Privacy, Accountability, Compliance, and Trust
in Tomorrow’s Internet

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 610150

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2021

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 257 000

  • EU contribution

    € 9 257 000

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES

Germany

Objective

The Internet has evolved from a mere communication network used by tens of millions of users two
decades ago, to a global multimedia platform for communication, social networking, entertainment,
education, trade and political activism used by more than two billion users. This transformation has
brought tremendous benefits to society, but has also created entirely new threats to privacy, safety,
law enforcement, freedom of information and freedom of speech. In today’s Internet, principals are
amorphous, identities can be fluid, users participate and exchange information as peers, and data is
processed on global third-party platforms. Existing models and techniques for security and privacy,
which assume trusted infrastructure and well-defined policies, principals and roles, fail to fully address
this challenge.
The imPACT project addresses the challenge of providing privacy, accountability, compliance and
trust (PACT) in tomorrow’s Internet, using a cross-disciplinary and synergistic approach to understanding
and mastering the different roles, interactions and relationships of users and their joint effect on
the four PACT properties. The focus is on principles and methodologies that are relevant to the needs
of individual Internet users, have a strong potential to lead to practical solutions and address the fundamental
long-term needs of the future Internet. We take on this challenge with a team of researchers
from relevant subdisciplines within computer science, and with input from outside experts in law,
social sciences, economics and business. The team of PIs consists of international leaders in privacy
and security, experimental distributed systems, formal methods, program analysis and verification, and
database systems. By teaming up and committing ourselves to this joint research, we are in a unique
position to meet the grand challenge of unifying the PACT properties and laying a new foundation for
their holistic treatment.

Lead Principal Investigator

Michael Klaus Backes (Dr.)

Host institution

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES

Address

Campus
66123 Saarbrucken

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 789 800

Principal Investigator

Peter Druschel (Mr.)

Administrative Contact

Corinna Hahn (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 2 789 800

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 6 467 200

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 610150

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 January 2021

Funded under:

FP7-IDEAS-ERC

  • Overall budget:

    € 9 257 000

  • EU contribution

    € 9 257 000

Hosted by:

UNIVERSITAT DES SAARLANDES

Germany