Navigating the landscape of impact assessment methodologies for security technologies

Technology plays a pivotal role in ensuring security within our society. However, using technologies to this end can have both positive and negative impacts on individuals and social groups. Being aware of these impacts allows us to guide our efforts in order to enhance positive impacts, mitigate negative ones, or balance the two. Recent decades […]

Understanding Citizen Concerns Surrounding Security Technologies

A key objective of the TRANSCEND project is to create and deliver a Toolbox that will enable people who develop and deploy technologies in the security domain to do two things: (1) To organize collaborations with citizens and other societal stakeholders, so that they can express their needs and concerns, and these can therefore be […]

Empowering Stakeholders in Security Technologies: TRANSCEND’s concept for testing civil society engagement

The main objective of the TRANSCEND project is to strengthen the involvement of civil society and civil society organizations in the development of security technologies. This is crucial because security is a pressing issue in today’s world, and effective technological solutions should consider the interests of various stakeholders. These stakeholders include decision-makers in politics and […]

Putting People First: Human-Centered Design in Security Technology Development

In the field of security technology development, it is essential to prioritize the needs and experiences of users. Human-centered design (HCD) offers an effective approach to understanding user needs, empathizing with their experiences, and creating tailored security solutions. As the largest international civic tech network, the Code for All Network strongly believes in the power […]

Barriers to Civil Society Participation in EU-funded Security Research

Since the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme (FP7), which was in place between 2007 and 2013, security research has become an important part of EU-funded R&D efforts in Europe.  Research conducted to pursue security objectives continued through Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. The latter, Horizon Europe, is currently in place. This EU-funded security research, often […]

Introducing TRANSCEND: Transdisciplinary methods for societal impact assessment and impact creation for security research technologies

TRANSCEND is a collaborative effort between eight project partners*. The overarching goal of the project is to enable the development of responsible, ethically acceptable and socially desirable security technologies, and to mitigate any socio-negative impacts they may have. What is the challenge TRANSCEND aims to address? The development and deployment of security technologies is intended […]