Surveilling Surveillance

The SMART project held its first Policy Workshop in Florence from the 25-26 September 2012. The workshop represents the conclusion of status quo analysis on the current uses of smart surveillance technology. The project will now focus on citizen perception in addition to evaluating the impact smart surveillance has on society from social, political, technical and legal perspectives.

The policy workshop itself was divided over two days and was well attended, with participants from various institutions from around Europe and beyond including Canada and Australia. Participants included academics, representatives from police organisations and engineers.  The key note speech was delivered by Professor Stefano Rodotà, who spoke about a ‘digital tsunami’ which may imperil legal safeguards as well as the societal change new technologies bring. Major themes of the conference also included balancing fundamental rights with security concerns as well as the state of the art in surveillance technology and social impacts. The event was characterised by strong discussions.

Registered users may access the PowerPoint presentations of the workshop papers in the website’s Intranet.

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Title: SMART (Scalable Measures for Automated Recognition Technologies)
Funding scheme: Collaborative project (small or medium scale focused research project)
Grant agreement no.: 261727
Duration: 36 months (June 2011 - May 2014)
Co-ordinator: University of Malta
Co-ordinating person: Professor Joseph Cannataci
EU funding: € 3.456.017
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