Trust in Digital Life

Trust in Digital Life (TDL) is a membership association comprising leading multinational corporations, SMEs, universities and research institutes who exchange experience, share market and technology insights to make digital services in Europe and beyond trustworthy, reliable and safe. TDL helps both protect the rights of citizens and create new business opportunities in the European Digital Single Market.  TDL is a place where members exchange ideas, about leading edge technology, services and legislation providing new insights and innovation that can lead to policy recommendations and influence. Find out more who we are and what we do

Trust in Digital Life (TDL) was recently involved in two new events:
(1) Online Services: Improving usability and trust
The growth of online services over the last 15-20 years has been, to say the least, dramatic at every socio-economic level conceivable. Digital technology is changing people’s lives and the EU’s digital strategy aims to make this transformation work for people and businesses. A Europe fit for the digital age is one of the Commission’s six political priorities, aiming to empower people with a new generation of technologies. However, the widespread everyday dependency on the digital market has had some negative consequences. The usability and trustworthiness of online services and the Internet itself has been undermined by highly visible accounts of cyber-attacks and contraventions of individuals’ data protection and privacy rights. At one extreme, the constant intrusion of cookie and tracking requests heightens the sense of a surveillance society and, at another, popular myths and speculation surrounding the implications of the use AI are often seen as threatening. In collaboration with CyberSec4Europe, the Digital Enlightenment Forum and with the friendly support of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, the afternoon’s roundtable started to address this broad range of topics that are relevant to both technical and non-technical audiences with a view to starting a conversation.

Read more here.

(2) What can Member States expect from their cybersecurity communities?
With the setting up of the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) in Bucharest well under way, the other important dimension in the emerging European cybersecurity landscape are the National Coordination Centres (NCCs). Mirroring the initiatives and policies of the ECCC in the Member States, a key role for each NCC is to build strong relationships with the existing and emerging stakeholder communities, the experts and researchers in industry, SMEs and knowledge institutes that are driving the work of securing European society’s institutions, infrastructure and digital economy. Understanding the needs of local communities is a paramount task for the NCCs. Participating in this CyberSec4Europe evening panel are leading representatives from several NCCs as well as a representative from the ECCC who will together explore the perspectives of the NCCs and their expectations and plans with regards to collaborating with their respective stakeholder cybersecurity communities.

Horizon 2020 Project Involvement

(1) The 47-month CyberSec4Europe pilot project that started on 1 February 2019 is now in its fourth year and will finish at the end of December 2022. Over the three days, 1-3 June, CyberSec4Europe, together with the other three pilots ECSO, CONCORDIA and SPARTA, organised CONVERGENCE NEXT, an opportunity to discuss results and expectations around the European Cybersecurity Competence Centre (ECCC) in Bucharest. All deliverables submitted during the project are available here, including the contribution of TDL itself as well as TDL members Goethe University of Frankfurt (project coordinator), University of Murcia, NEC Laboratories Europe GmbH, CONCEPTIVITY and KU Leuven. The CyberSec4Europe consortium consists of 43 partners from 20 Member States and two Associated Countries as well as over 40 Associate Partners and more than 150 Friends.

(2) CSI-COP (Citizen Scientists Investigating Cookies and App GDPR compliance) is a 42-month Horizon 2020 project under the Science with and for Society (SwafS) programme which started in January 2020 that is leveraging a European-wide community of citizen scientists in collaboration with a trans-disciplinary team to investigate tracking-by-default in website cookies and smartphone apps. The CSI-COP consortium is led by Coventry University with nine other partners (including TDL!) from Greece, Hungary, Finland, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain and the UK.

The goals of CSI-COP include:

  • Raise awareness of data protection rights accorded in the GDPR
  • Foster a culture of privacy-preserving development in digital technologies
  • Nurture citizen science pro-privacy champions

Would you like to find out more about CSI-COP - go here.

Would you like to become a citizen scientist - this is how to get involved.

Read about how it started here.

Goethe University Frankfurt
KU Leuven
Microsoft France
University of Murcia
NEC Laboratories Europe
Truxtun Capital