New and emerging Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) regularly bring along specific features that have an impact on security. The user is typically exposed to complex and difficult technology details that are not easily understood, such as technical settings of devices and services, default values, implications of service use etc. To be able to use new ICT technologies, the user often makes uninformed decisions with the risk of unconsciously sacrificing security. The JRC works towards early identification and characterisation of security related challenges posed by new and emerging ICT.
The JRC investigates security aspects of the Digital Society that are deemed to deserve policy attention with respect to ethical use and behaviour, application of and access to ICT. The attitude, responses and concerns of citizens about digital technologies need to be carefully considered and thereafter governed with purposefully designed policies in order to build and attain an ethically balanced digital confidence in Europe. The methodologies deployed include public engagement and analysis of the blogosphere, media analysis (including popular media), anticipation studies focused on security considerations of new and emerging ICT.
As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.