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EU Security Research Projects Awarded (18/04/2017)

NEWLY AWARDED PROJECTS: The European Commission in the Drone Community: a New Cooperation Area in the Making The objective of this research is to examine how the European Commission is shaping the regulatory framework, production and use of drones considering the diverging interests among actors concerned in Europe (and beyond) where multiple authorities overlap. A comprehensive analysis of drones operations …

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Upcoming European security conferences & exhibits (18/04/2017)

Here are some upcoming events related to European civil security we think readers should be aware of: The 8th Annual Internet of Things European Summit 19-20 April 2017, Brussels, Belgium Smart Water Systems 6th Annual Conference 24-25 April 2017, London, United Kingdom EU Data Protection Supervisor Open Day 6 May 2017, Brussels, Belgium 1st Int’l Conference and Exhibition – Aerial, …

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Imminent EU call for defence R&D proposals to include dual-use

By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – The European Commission will soon release its first annual call for proposals under its new three-year “preparatory action in defence research” (PADR). After months of difficult negotiations with industry to iron out PADR’s intellectual property rights, the call’s topics – designed to support the EU’s common security and defence policy (CSDP) objectives – will seek a wide diversity of technologies, from...

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Microsoft presses for new international organisation, and less European fragmentation to strengthen cybersecurity

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – The movement for global norms and rules in cyberspace is gaining ground. On 14 February, Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, delivered an urgent speech at the annual RSA Conference in San Francisco. His message: the threat has changed. Seventy-four percent of the world’s businesses expect to be hacked in 2017, and the economic loss to cybercrime will reach $3 trillion by 2020, he said. But the primary source of danger, once confined to hacking enthusiasts and financial thieves, is moving on to...

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EU-funded project on pandemic research concludes its work, with recommendations to set stage for large-scale demonstration

By BROOKS TIGNER, BRUSSELS – What are the lessons learnt for the EU from Ebola, H1N1 influenza and other recent pandemic outbreaks? How adequate are national plans across Europe and how well do they work together? These are other health-policy aspects of outbreaks were the focus of the final conference of an EU-funded security research project that revealed some disturbing deficiencies in the world of pandemic preparation and response. For example, there is the stark fact that most national pandemic plans across the globe are not readily accessible to the international health community and, more alarming, most are not...

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“WikiLeaks Euro-style”: political crusade and institutional protest

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – Europeans security specialists are well aware of the “WikiLeaks” organisation, and the dilemma that its leaks create between supporting transparency in government actions and hindering government efforts to protect our publics. They might be less aware that parties within the...

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EU-funded project casts eye on lone actor terrorist problem

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – Lone actor extremism — more commonly known as “lone wolf” terrorism — is a growing threat in Europe. On 14 July 2016, a lone actor drove a truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 people and injuring 434. Every few months a suspected extremist attacks police or transit officers in Belgium, for example, usually with a knife or axe. Police and civil defence authorities desperately hope for a method to prevent such attacks, or at least mitigate their consequences as they occur. Finding such a method is the goal of...

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‘Culture of risk’ proponents seek to improve societal resilience

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – In the broadest sense, ‘culture’ refers to how different people use different means to achieve the same goals. For example, some will grow rice to eat, and others will grow wheat. And in a crisis, different groups of people tend to respond differently. Some people will call a national telephone hotline. Others will walk to the local pub, to see what their neighbours are saying or doing. As floodwaters rise, some will wait for government action. Others will grab a shovel and a sandbag. Exploring how individuals and communities respond to crises, and how such different cultural responses can help societies remain resilient, was the focus of...

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For future generations, will Europe’s Union be a relic of the past?

By PATRICK STEPHENSON, BRUSSELS – As EU leaders head into their 25 March summit in Rome to frame the EU’s post-Brexit future, it bears a re-look at European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s “White Paper on the Future of Europe”. Unveiled on 1 March, Juncker proffered it as an attempt to bridge the gap between what Europe’s citizens expect from the Union, and what the Union can do to improve their daily lives. As he trenchantly observed: “We should stop communicating our intentions, and start focusing on where we can deliver the most tangible results instead.” The paper comes at a critical time. With populists on the march, looming French and German elections and US distracted by internal controversies, the Union’s future has never seemed so uncertain. The basic problem, however, is...

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Airport design and security: a partnership that makes good business sense

Euro-View: Stacey Peel on airport security The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, forecasts that by 2034, 7.3 billion people will fly commercially every year. Long before then, delivering aviation security via bolt-on, equipment-reliant and compliance-driven approach will no longer be feasible. Airports, industry associations, thought leaders and innovators across the aviation industry are asking: how will we deliver security? …

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