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The Contested Semantics of ‘Security’ and the Curious Case of Privacy Impact Assessments applied to National Security Initiatives

10th October 2016

A breakfast seminar by Roger Clarke
A public report thereof by Stine Bergersen (PRIO)

A breakfast seminar by Professor Roger Clarke, with the title “The Contested Semantics of ‘Security’ and the Curious Case of PIA’s applied to National Security Initiatives”, took place on 29 August 2016 at PRIO premises in Oslo, Norway. The seminar was arranged within the framework of the LASIE project, or ‘LArge Scale Information Exploitation of Forensic Data’ (2014-2017). LASIE is a research project co-funded by the European Union (EU) under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Development (FP7), which aims to ‘design and implement an open and expandable framework that will significantly increase the efficiency of current investigation practices, by providing an automated initial analysis of the vast amounts of heterogeneous forensic data that analysts have to cope with’.

The present report offers a succinct account of the presentation by Clarke, as well as some views, questions and comments expressed in the open session following the presentation. This short report, as well as being a summary of the event also of interest to the LASIE consortium partners not present, also holds the potential to stimulate further debates on the wider impacts of technology on the society, e.g. linked to both the practical and theoretical implementation of the LASIE-framework. The PowerPoint-presentation by Clarke is attached to this report.

The views expressed in the following are solely those of the speakers, and does not reflect the views of the LASIE consortium as a whole, its individual partners nor the European Commission.

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