Prospects for EU-funded security research : the ethics of impact outside the EU discourse

Davey, CL and Wootton, AB 2017, 'Prospects for EU-funded security research : the ethics of impact outside the EU discourse' , in: International Perspectives of Crime Prevention , Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH.

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Established in 2004, the European Security Research Programme (ESRP) aims to grow Europe's security industry, as well as protect the EU from threats such as terrorism, disasters, organised crime and cybercrime. Created with support of the defence industry and large technology companies, the ESRP promotes technological solutions to security threats. The techno-military approach, considered successful in terms of improving EU industry competitiveness, has continued with the transition from the European Framework Programmes to Horizon2020. In this paper, the authors critically reflect upon the aims, approach and impact of the ESRP from a variety of perspectives. The EU is addressing thorny ethical and practical issues related to the ESRP—including data protection, privacy, meeting user needs, creating positive societal impact and inclusion. To widen participation in the ESRP, the EU funded the SecurePART project to support engagement of civil society in European security research. SecurePART identified concrete examples of civil society involvement in EU-funded security projects that helped address important security issues, focusing attention on practical solutions to problems that were tailored to the needs of practitioners. Although currently under-represented, civil society organisations (CSOs) have an interest in participating in the ESRP-funded projects — as long as such projects are compatible with their own interests and values. SecurePART made recommendations to increase CSO participation in the ESRP for the benefit of civil society. This paper contributes to the debate about ‘value’ and ‘ethics’ in the context of security at a European level, and is part of a wider body of literature on civil society and security.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Perspectives of Crime Prevention
Publisher: Forum Verlag Godesberg GmbH
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Depositing User: Dr Caroline L Davey
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2017 14:48
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 06:12

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