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Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cyber­security

Markus Christen

01 September 2016

31 October 2019

EC funded project

CANVAS is the first project that provides an integrative view on the ethical and regulatory issues of cybersecurity. CANVAS unified 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 project brought together stakeholders from key areas of the European Digital Agenda – the health system, business/​finance, and law enforcement/​national security – for discussing challenges and solutions when aligning cybersecurity with ethics. In this way, CANVAS has identified several gaps with respect to ethical research and European cybersecurity regulation that need to be addressed. In 14 workshops, CANVAS has unified several dozen experts of cybersecurity with a particular focus on non-technical aspects. This expert pool provides a resource for future projects that want to focus on responsible research and innovation in cybersecurity. Through its teaching material, CANVAS provides the foundation that the future generation of cybersecurity experts obtains basic insights and knowledge on how to tackle ethical and legal dilemmas in cybersecurity.

All CANVAS results are freely available on our website. This includes in particular:

  1. The CANVAS Briefing Packages; a set of summarized, easily digestible information on challenges as well as possible, value-driven solution approaches linked to European cybersecurity policy.
  2. The CANVAS Reference Curriculum on value-driven Cybersecurity; a whole package of material (lecture slides, case studies, videos, text ressources) with the goal to integrate the value perspective into cybersecurity design decisions, with a focus on academia and industry training programs.
  3. The CANVAS massive open online course (MOOC) that transports the main insights of CANVAS to a broad public and that provides a comprehensive overview of the central principles and challenges in the fields of cyber security, privacy and trust.
  4. The CANVAS book "The Ethics of Cybersecurity" that discusses the full plethora of ethical aspects of cybersecurity and has a strong practical focus, including case studies that outline ethical dilemmas in cybersecurity and guidelines and other measures to tackle those dilemmas.


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