On Thursday 13th July 2023, APPRAISE partner Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP), organized a co-creation workshop titled: ‘New technologies for assisting the security of public spaces against terrorist attacks. Ethical and legal restrictions for ensuring the protection of privacy and the citizens’ rights and freedoms’.
The aim of the workshop was to implement co-creation activities with external stakeholders in regards to technologies developed within the APPRAISE project. The specific focus was on the European Union (EU) policies and protocols for protecting "soft targets" from terrorist attacks and additionally, the social, ethical and legal constraints that must be considered when new technologies are being developed.
The participants, citizens, researchers, young scientists and members of the EU Youth Hub, were provided with a detailed presentation of the APPRAISE concept and the main technological tools, after which the group engaged in an active dialogue and provided their feedback based on their experiences on two main discussion pillars:
- Are APPRAISE tools and solutions effective responses for the protection of public spaces? Are there any specific comments and recommendations that you would like to make about the tools and technologies?
- Are there any risks or limitations on privacy, freedoms and access to public spaces that can occur from the use of APPRAISE tools and technologies for the protection of public spaces? Could you give some examples? Are there any recommendations on how to deal with them?
Dr. Lilian Mitrou, Professor at the Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, University of the Aegean and President of the Institute for Privacy Law, Personal Data and Technology was the keynote speaker at the workshop. The keynote presentation was followed by a fruitful and interesting discussion among the participants of the workshop with ELIAMEP project researchers Eirini Keremidou and Triantafyllos Karatrantos as moderators.