Research

Work plan and deliverables

The IRISS project is comprised of seven work packages that will produce a number of publicly available deliverables. This page will be updated as deliverables become available.

 

Work package 1 – Surveillance, fighting crime and violence

The deliverable from this work package is a report that provides an overview of the use of surveillance technology in Europe to fight crime and violence. It analyses the relationship between technological development and the surveillance practices of governments maps the surveillance industry in Europe. The deliverable examines  evidence on the uses and effects of surveillance systems in crime control. It establishes a taxonomy of social and economic costs and benefits related to surveillance and examines the impact of surveillance on civil liberties and fundamental rights and related ethical issues. The work produced feeds into subsequent WPs.

Surveillance, fighting crime and violence REPORT (D1.1) -> pdf 

 

Work package 2 – Theoretical framework: perspectives of surveillance in a democratic polity

The core purpose of WP 2 will be to design an integrated theoretical framework of analysis organised around three core perspectives – social, political and legal perspectives – each of which will highlight specific aspects of the intertwined relationship between surveillance and democracy. The theoretical framework will provide insight around a number of comparative dimensions and will be utilised to identify questions and topics for exploration in the empirical research conducted in WPs 3, 4 and 5. WP 2 will produce four public deliverables.

Social perspectives of surveillance and democracy REPORT (D2.1) -> pdf

Political perspectives of surveillance and democracy REPORT (D2.2) -> pdf

Legal perspectives of surveillance and democracy REPORT (D2.3) -> pdf

Comparative theoretical framework on surveillance and democracy REPORT (D2.4) -> pdf

 

Work package 3 – Case studies

WP 3 will produce comparative empirical evidence concerning the impact of surveillance on democratic and open societies. It will utilise case studies across five contexts (where the state and private sector surveil citizens, where citizens surveil each other, and where citizens surveil the state and private sector) to address the following questions: how human relationships are affected by surveillance, how fears are induced by surveillance, how media and political actors manipulate fears, how insecurity can undermine open debate and democratic decision-making and what options exist for strengthening resilience. WP 3 will then compare the results from case studies focussing on specific national contexts with similar situations in other Member States. Following a stakeholder workshop, this work package will produce one consolidated report.

Surveillance impact on open and democratic societies REPORT (D3.2) -> PDF

 

Work package 4 - Citizens and their attitudes towards surveillance

WP 4 will address the problem of citizens’ attitudes in a more focussed and detailed way, investigating how people respond to the issues of surveillance and control in everyday settings and how their attitudes may change when confronted with new information about surveillance and control. Using participant observation, interviews and focus groups with citizens (and selct NGO representatives) across Member States, WP 4 will clarify the range and distribution of societal values shaping citizens’ attitudes towards surveillance. This work package will produce one consolidated report.

Synthesis report on citizens’ attitudes towards surveillance (D4.2) – Expected July 2014

 

Work package 5 – Exercising democratic rights under surveillance regimes

This work package will document the nature of citizen rights with respect to the surveillance data held about them by different public and private bodies by comparing how these differ in at least four different and contrasting Member States with different regulatory regimes. In order to do so, WP 5 will use action research to test how easy or difficult it is for citizens to assert their rights in the four countries. This WP will compare and contrast the results from the four case studies to understand the extent to which democratic principles of accountability and transparency are enhanced or diminished when citizens actively try to exercise their rights. Finally, it will offer recommendations as to how citizens’ rights can be strengthened on the basis of the best practice uncovered by the research. WP 5 will produce one consolidated report.

Exercising democratic rights under surveillance regimes report (D5.1)

Work package 6 – Resilience options

This work package will examine the relationship between democracy and resilience, documenting how the open nature of democratic societies can make them more vulnerable to attacks on infrastructures or people and how, at the same time, it can make them more resilient to those attacks in terms of social, economic and institutional responses. It will use information from case studies carried out in WPs 3-5 to identify options for enhancing social, economic, institutional resilience based on a comparative analysis of past and current experiences in Europe and elsewhere. The work package will culminate in the preparation of a handbook on “Surveillance, democracy and resilience” – a decision-making tool for policy-makers and other stakeholders. Work package 6 will produce two deliverables.

Resilience options in democratic societies REPORT (D6.1) -> PDF

Resilience handbook for democratic societies (D6.2) –> PDF

IRISS project discusses European responses to the Snowden revelations -> pdf

 

Work package 7 – Dissemination activities and engaging stakeholders

Stakeholder engagement and the dissemination of project results are both central to the goals and objectives of IRISS. This work package will outline a high level dissemination strategy to target stakeholders based on their needs and drivers. It will also produce a range of dissemination materials, including peer reviewed articles, press releases, policy briefs, etc. to target interested stakeholders via communication media that is most likely to reach them. These different strategies will be evaluated at the end of the project in a dissemination report. WP 7 will produce three public deliverables.

Conference report (D7.3) – Expected Jan. 2015

Dissemination report (D7.4) – Expected Jan. 2015