The role of citizen engagement in AI for policing and law enforcement: TRANSCEND meets ALIGNER.

The Artificial Intelligence Roadmap for Policing and Law Enforcement (ALIGNER) project, which is funded by the European Commission, aims to connect European stakeholders who have reservations about the usage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) by law enforcement authorities. Together, they discuss ways in which the use of AI can improve security in Europe while increasing the […]

Strengthening Security Through Citizen Participation: Insights from the Efus Security, Democracy and Cities Conference 

In today’s interconnected world, security threats that transcend borders and traditional boundaries are increasing. Addressing these challenges requires an innovative approach and the active participation of those most affected – city residents. The Efus Security, Democracies, and Cities Conference held in Brussels from March 20-22 2024, served as a crucial platform for discussing these issues. […]

Practical Tips for Citizen Engagement: Insights from TRANSCEND’s First Pilot

In today’s fast-paced world, disaster preparedness has become more critical than ever. With the rise of technology, innovative solutions like smartphone applications are transforming how individuals can prepare for emergencies. “Team Österreich app” utilizes a smartphone app to empower citizens to enhance their disaster preparedness.   The Team Österreich app was launched by the Austrian […]

Exploring Impact Assessments: Insights from the Security Industry and Local Authorities 

In our pursuit of advanced impact assessment methodologies complemented by on-the-ground insights, TRANSCEND partners EOS and Efus conducted two surveys to (1) understand the utilization of impact assessment methods by solution providers and the broader security industry, and (2) explore how local authorities incorporate ethical, human rights, and societal considerations when using security technologies. In this […]

How do we define “citizen”, and why does it matter?

Security research stakeholders and the absence of the “citizen”  Security research does not take place in a vacuum, but within a complex social and institutional framework. In TRANSCEND, we distinguish between “actors”, who actively participate in the design of a technical system, “users”, who work with or adopt the finished systems, and finally “affected parties”, […]

Navigating the Landscape of Citizen Engagement Methods for Enhanced Security Research

As we witness the emergence of groundbreaking security technologies, it becomes increasingly evident that their development should not occur in isolation. Instead, it demands active involvement from citizens and diverse societal actors to ensure ethical considerations, human rights, and societal values are at the forefront of innovation. Societal engagement in security research is not merely […]

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 […]