On May 25th/26th, EKSISTENZ will join with the Porvoo Group for the EKSISTENZ Final Event, bringing together a wide range of speakers and topics with a focus on what comes next in relation to identity in this changing world. It will be hosted by Agenzia per l’Italia Digitale (AgID). The draft agenda can be downloaded here along with the official conference website here. The conference will consider how the various initiatives can support the movement towards having more mature and valuable interoperable identity schemes. The programme has been arranged by the Porvoo Group, and eForum representing the EKSISTENZ Project supported by EEMA.
A core focus of the Porvoo Group is keeping abreast of what the national representatives are doing in their own countries. Therefore, there will be updates from a variety of countries including Estonia, Belgium and Finland. Additional insights will be provided from outside the EU and there will also be a focus on how this experience can best be shared with the developing world and also, how the existing networks can strengthen their cooperation. In addition to updates on eIDAS, there will be reports on the work of no fewer than six ongoing EU funded projects in the field:
- KONFIDO PROJECT
For more information and to register, visit the conference website here.
On 7 March, eIDAS will run a webinar on eID under eIDAS.
The Webinar will:
- Align all actors on the meaning of being eIDAS compliant;
- Update on the current eID eIDAS status in Member States;
- Engage with the private sector by providing concrete examples and use cases;
- Exchange knowledge about key technological trends impacting the field of electronic identification;
- And identify the potential collaboration and synergies between the different stakeholders.
The webinar will be open to all stakeholders but it will be particularly relevant to the following actors:
- eIDAS Member State representatives;
- EC Policy representatives;
- Identity providers;
- Attributes providers;
- And service providers.
More information can be found here.
On 8 March, Brussels will host an DG CNECT workshop entitled towards principles and guidance on eID interoperability for online platforms.
The one-day workshop will bring together representatives of online platforms, private and business platform users and other interested parties.
The workshop will:
- Explain the context and the purpose of the initiative, as well as present the results of the online survey organised by the Commission on the topic;
- Hear the views of the key stakeholder groups on how the use of eID online platforms can benefit them;
- Showcase examples of the use of national eIDs by online platforms;
- Collect ideas for a set of principles for eID interoperability.
Further information can be found here.
The next EKSISTENZ event will take place in Rome between 25-26 May.
It is to be a joint Porvoo Group-EKSISTENZ event. The event will take place in the AgID Building, Via Liszt 21, 00144, Rome. The venue is 400 metres from the Metro B station EUR PALASPORT.
Register for the event here.
A new European Commission proposal for a regulation on privacy and electronic communications is aiming at reinforcing trust and security in the Digital Single Market by updating the legal framework on ePrivacy.
The proposal posits:
- Privacy rules apply to new players providing electronic communications services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype.
- All people and businesses in the EU should enjoy the same level of protection of their electronic communications through this directly applicable regulation.
- Privacy is guaranteed for communications content and metadata.
- Once consent is given for communications data to be processed, telecoms operators should be given more opportunities to provide additional services and to develop their businesses.
- The cookie provision will be streamlined.
- Unsolicited electronic communications by emails, SMS and automated calling machines should be banned.
- The enforcement of the confidentiality rules in the Regulation will be the responsibility of data protection authorities.
Further information on the proposal can be found here.
On 8 March, Brussels will host the Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market workshop towards principles and guidance on eID interoperability for online platforms.
To empower consumers and to safeguard principles of competition, consumer protection and data protection, the European Commission is promoting interoperability actions, including issuing principles and guidance on eID interoperability.
The workshop will: explain the context and the purpose of the initiative; introduce the views of the key stakeholder groups on how the use of eID by online platforms can benefit them; showcase examples of the use of national eIDs by online platforms; and use a participatory approach to collect ideas for the principles of eID interoperability.
Further information on the workshop can be found here.
The Communication on Online Platforms and the Digital Single Market can be found here.
CPDP was a huge success!
1024 registered for the event and the event included 78 panel discussions and workshops with 383 speakers from academia, civil society and the public and private sectors. In January, the event website was visited 15 266 times by 7 937 unique visitors who read 55 981 pages.
YouTube videos of the conference can be found here.
Read about CPDP 2018 here.
Identity World and World e-ID and Cybersecurity are currently calling for speakers.
Identity World – the conference of individual recognition for global development – will, this year, focus on citizen-centric identity and gender best practices. The keywords around which papers can be developed are: humanitarian; development; legal; privacy and security; financial inclusion; gender equality; access to health services; social safety net; improved governance; civil registration and vital statistics; foundational identity systems; functional identity systems; biographics and demographics; biometrics; eDocuments; channels/mobile phones; storage and processing; and business and service models.
Further information on the Identity World call for papers can be found here.
World e-ID and Cybersecurity brings together security professionals from government and private sector to explore and discuss how to improve secure identification and data protection for all. This year’s edition will focus on ID schemes and security documents (national ID rollouts, border control, e-passports, e-driving licences, e-health schemes, e-ID for e-gov services and identity management), digital identity and authentication (mobile and online IDs, strong authentication with biometrics, digital identity provision and infrastructures, IAM, identity and KYC, eIDAS and blockchain) and cybersecurity and trust models (standards and regulations in Europe and beyond, cooperation between governments, enterprise and IT, critical infrastructures, 2018 General Data Protection regulation, digital identity of machines and objects).
Further information on the World e-ID and Cybersecurity call for papers can be found here.
ENISA has just published a report on blockchain technology and security.
A blockchain is a distributed ledger which maintains all transactions and assets and is updated by a number of counter-parties. Financial institutions are investing in the technology to automate processes and remove human errors. This may help towards lowering transactional and operational costs by releasing the finance sector from its legacy systems. Despite the potential cost savings, it remains important to assess what the security implications of blockchain implementations might be.
The ENISA report reveals
principles used in the security of traditional systems and in blockchain, such as key management and encryption, are still largely the same. There are however new challenges that the technology brings, like consensus hijacking and smart contract management. Additionally, it highlights that public and private ledger implementations will face different sets of challenges.
To secure business information whilst leveraging blockchain technology, financial institutions should seek to adopt best practices which allow them to:
- Monitor internal activity;
- Automate regulatory compliance;
- Disclose information only to relevant counterparts and authorities;
- And adopt industry level governance procedures which will facilitate the updating of ledger implementations over time.
Further information and the full report can be found here.
City.Risks is a 3-year project funded by the H2020 programme.
The project started in May 2015 and its main objective is to increase the perception of security of citizens in urban areas by activating in a more transparent and sustainable way their participation in communities, through which information and interventions can be provided both to proactively protect citizens from falling victims to criminal activities as well as to reactively provide more timely and effective response and assistance. In order to do so, the City.Risks project will leverage a set of innovative technologies, city infrastructures, and available data sources but, more importantly, will aim at making citizens' smartphones the modern tool for increasing their personal and collective sense of security.
Recently, City.Risks has been analyzing factors influencing the fear of crime from the citizens’ perspective. The task aimed to gain greater insight into and a better understanding of the multiple macro- and micro-level factors that influence citizens’ perceptions and experiences of crime and the criminal justice system in their local area. Further, the task set out to investigate the readiness of citizens to adopt new technologies which are designed to address fears, perceptions and experiences of crime in the city. Existing information on levels and experiences of crime were collected and reviewed and surveys of citizens who live and/or work in three European cities (The London Borough of Waltham Forest, UK; Sofia, Bulgaria; and Rome, Italy) were undertaken. A total of 22,632 questionnaires were successfully completed across the three pilot sites. In conclusion, the survey findings show that there is an appetite among citizens in the three European cities to engage with technologies aimed at mitigating risks. Our findings provide support for the development of an app that allows users to report a crime they have witnessed or have been victim to, with speed, ease and one that yields a satisfactory response from the police. In developing a technological solution, the police and other criminal justice agencies need to be both central to its development but also, its operation. Most of those surveyed have lived and/or worked in the area for 10 years or over and utilising their local knowledge and experiences would be valuable to the technological project. Greater, targeted consultation and delivered using a variety of methods is pivotal to the development of a technological app. Across the three sites, the fear of becoming a victim of crime was quite high. An app that provides accurate and ‘live’ information about crime and other incidents in local areas has the potential to reduce the fear of crime among citizens.
City.Risks is also designing and implementing a mobile app to empower citizens to interact with authorities for criminality prevention, detection and evidence gathering and risk reporting (citizen as reporter). Community-based functions are one of the major cornerstones of the City.Risks mobile app. Currently, new functionality is integrated that enables users to ask whether somebody witnessed a crime. Community members that could have witnessed the incident, are notified and can directly contact the requesting user. The City.Risks app interacts with the RMRS (incident reporting) system featuring incident management, automatic alerting and decision management for operation center. Once the user has sent a report through the app (text and media), the system will translate the report to associate it with a given risk category, will decide whether it is worth publishing, will update it on the basis of new incoming reports and eventually will make it accessible to the City.Risks user community.
The City.Risks approach foresees a command and control centre that will allow the authorities to operate and manage the whole system, by monitoring ongoing activities and events, run (emulate) scenarios, fire specific actions (for example, massively notify users within a geographic bounding box), determine evacuation strategies on the basis of local and historical information, select and trigger response actions, determine the “Gateways” to be informed for a stolen item, allow for receiving and acting upon streaming (video) input from citizens acting as reporters. Main functionalities of the Operation Centre will be tracking and retrieval of multiple stolen items simultaneously, monitoring and responding to several incident reports, dispatching real-time alerts to citizens, data aggregation, visualization and filtering to support decision making, conducting simulations for training and preparedness.
City.Risks also provides a crime data repository for historical crime incident records provided in an anonymized form by police authorities. These are processed, together with area demographics and geographic information to analyze and model the geospatial distribution of crime in large urban environments. The aim of the analysis is to identify crime hotspots for various types of crime and to reveal insights about potential environmental factors of crime. Demographic data, including population distribution and characteristics, income levels, educational background, type of occupation, etc., are collected from official sources. Geographic information, including various types of Points of Interest, roads and public transportation networks, land use, etc., are collected from publicly available data sources and Web APIs. Using these data, the system learns models regarding the geospatial distribution of crime, and generates crime hotspot maps and other statistics which are accessible through the City.Risks Web Portal.
City Risks is now completing the design of the theft detection sensor to be employed in a participatory sensing approach. The sensor is a coin-sized low energy module (only 18.5mm x 21.0mm), equipped with a radio based transceiver (Bluethooth-BLE) and a battery to power the circuit for a “long period”. The user is provided with a sensor (unique ID) and registers it into the portal through the app or the web interface. The sensor is attached to a personal item (e.g. bike or bag) and by default is set in "beacon" mode, so that it can be scanned by other devices. Optionally, the user can set the sensor into the "stealth" mode to avoid scanning, but this is more power consuming. In case of theft, the user reports item as stolen through the app and the Operation Centre sends the information to the City Risk detecting network, including gateways (fixed position, large and static coverage) and users' smartphones (mobile position, smaller coverage). In case of stealth mode, the City.Risks gateways and activist smartphones broadcast an encrypted activation signal, the radio sensor is activated and the BLE beacon mode is enabled. In the beacon mode, the BLE sensor can broadcast its signal to nearby devices (City Risks users' smartphones and gateways), providing ID and "stolen" status. The nearby citizens' mobile apps will capture the BLE alarm signal and the app will report the sensor ID, status, GPS location, timestamp and other details to the Operation centre, who will visualize the item position on a map and will activate the recovery procedure.
Finally, the City.Risks web portal will represent a complementary tool with respect to the mobile app and will provide several services: communication about ongoing events, view crime statistics and relevant data about City.Risks cities, registration/authorization/editing of user info, registration/editing/de-registration of the theft detection tokens, planning of safe routes.
The European Commission is proposing new legislation to ensure stronger privacy in electronic communications, while opening up new business opportunities. The measures will extend to all electronic communication providers. The intention is to create new possibilities to process communication data and reinforce trust and security in the Digital Single Market – a key objective of the Digital Single Market strategy.
On 25-27 January 2017, Brussels will host CPDP 2017.
CPDP 2016 was a memorable event. The three-day conference included 80 workshops, panel discussions and special sessions and 343 speakers from academia, civil society and the pubic and private sectors.
And CPDP 2017 is set to a whole lot bigger!
If you would like to be involved in CPDP, click here.