The growing complexity of the digital ecosystem in combination with increasing global risks entail the danger that enforcing cybersecurity may bypass other fundamental values like equality, fairness or privacy, whereas downplaying cybersecurity would undermine citizens’ trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure. For tackling this challenge, the European Commission has chosen the CANVAS Consortium – Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity – to unify technology developers with legal and ethical scholar and social scientists to approach the challenge how cybersecurity can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights. Within three years, CANVAS aims to bring together stakeholders from key areas of the European Digital Agenda – the health system, business/finance, and law enforcement/national security – for discussing challenges and solutions when aligning cybersecurity with ethics. A special focus of CANVAS is on raising awareness on the ethics of cybersecurity through teaching in academia and industry.

Consortium Partners

The CANVAS Consortium consists of 11 partners – 9 academic institutions and 2 partners outside academia – that are located in 7 European countries. The Consortium, coordinated by the Centre for Ethics of the University of Zurich, unifies scholars from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium), the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (Germany), the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (Germany), the ADAPT Centre of the Dublin City University (Ireland), the Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands), the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Catalonia/Spain), the Université de Lausanne (Switzerland), and the Berner Fachhochschule Biel (Switzerland). In addition, the leading European ICT Security company F-Secure (Finland) and the Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (Germany) add expertise to the consortium. CANVAS is endowed with a budget of 1.57 Mio. €, of which 1 Mio. € is funded by the European Commission and the remaining part emerges from the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation.   Read more »

Project Structure

The scheme below shows the general outline of CANVAS. More information is available in the section Work Packages.