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CANVAS Report Summary

Project ID: 700540
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - CANVAS (Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity)

Reporting period: 2016-09-01 to 2018-02-28

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The CANVAS Consortium – Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity – aims to unify technology developers with legal and ethical scholar and social scientists to approach the challenge how cybersecurity can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights. The main objective of CANVAS is to advance value-driven cybersecurity by bringing together partners from various scientific traditions – ethical, legal, empirical and technological.

This is relevant, because the growing complexity of the digital ecosystem in combination with increasing global risks entail the danger that enforcing cybersecurity may bypass other fundamental values like equality, fairness or privacy, whereas downplaying cybersecurity would undermine citizens’ trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure. CANVAS will investigate this tension with a particular focus on three domains of application: the health system, finance, and law enforcement / national security.

Using a three-step process, the Coordination and Support Action CANVAS aims to:

1. Structure existing knowledge in ethics, law, empirical and technological research related to cybersecurity with a particular focus on three reference domains of application (health, business, police/national security) and by involving insights gained in previous EU projects.
2. Design a network for exchanging knowledge and generating insights across domains using several procedures, among others workshops and a summarizing conference.
3. Disseminate the insights gained in three main output deliverables: briefing packages for policy stakeholders, a reference curriculum for value-driven cybersecurity and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The work within CANVAS is structured along thre main project phases:

- Year 1 – Foundation: In the first year, CANVAS has set the foundation by consolidating knowledge in four different fields, by determining and approaching potential CANVAS alliance partners and by in-detail-planning of workshops and communication strategy. In four Work Packages, existing knowledge in the domains of ethics, law, empirical (sociological), and technological research related to cybersecurity has been consolidated; the findings have been published in four White Papers.

- Year 2 – Community: The second, ongoing year is dominated by workshops, in which the Alliance partners and other experts will meet and exchange knowledge and opinions based on the foundation work. The reference social spheres will structure the discussions. Some of the events will be tailored for the main CANVAS output deliverables, in particular for the MOOC. The integrating Work Package 5 dominates this phase. Thanks to additional third party funding, we were able to increase substantially the number of workshops from 3 to 7 in our three reference domains.

- Year 3 – Dissemination: In the third year, the activities within CANVAS will focus on producing the main deliverables of CANVAS that are mapped onto Work Packages 6-8. So far, the conceptual outlines of these three output deliverables have been created.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Research performed for the four CANVAS White Papers has demonstrated that the ethical discussion on cybersecurity is focussed on just a few topics - mostly related to health data and cyberconflict -, whereas other topics such as the dilemmas cybersecurity experts may experience in their daily work are mostly neglected. Furthermore, cybersecurity training seldom includes ethics as a topic. If ethics is mentioned, the focus is mainly on privacy issues. Thus, the training and teachning material created by CANVAS will be an important asset for advancing value-driven cybersecurity.

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