Three ways to Improve Preparedness for Cybersecurity—and Ethical Issues

Cybersecurity is part of societal security (“the ability of a society to persist in its essential character under changing conditions and possible or actual threats”). Potentially, cybersecurity concerns all of us; we can all become victims. Cyberattacks can come from a wide range of sources, ranging from a state and non-state groups to criminals, and can be aimed at a wide range of targets, ranging from individual citizens and businesses to infrastructure. Furthermore, the risks of cybersecurity are not always easy to grasp. And even if we understand the risks and know possible solutions, we can fail to prepare properly. Moreover, cybersecurity is not only a technological and economic phenomenon, but also a societal phenomenon; it involves citizens, companies and government agencies.

SOURCE at the United Nations: debating the globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

Following a series of European launches, Arun Kundnani and Ben Hayes presented their report "The Globalisation of Countering Violent Extremism [CVE] policy: undermining human rights, instrumentalising civil society" at the United Nations in New York in October 2018. 

SOURCE Final Conference - Keynote Features presented on 28 November, Brussels

The SOURCE Final Conference has counted with high-level keynote speakers such as Sir Julian King (European Commissioner for the Security Union), Eva Joly (European Parliament) and Erroll Southers (University of Southern California)

E-Handbook on Societal Security Crises and Emergency Response in Europe

The E-Handbook on Societal Security Crises and Emergency Response in Europe is an innovative educational tool for first responders in crisis management in the area of societal security. 

Predicaments of policy-oriented security research

Reinhard Kreissl publishes an Article at openDemocracy looking at the dilemnas faced by policy oriented research in the field of security. 

Funding the EU External Migration Policy

Dr. Leonhard den Hertog (CEPS) examines the role of funding in the EU’s external policies on migration, borders and asylum. Academic analysis has looked extensively into the political and legal resources of the EU in this area, but surprisingly little attention has been paid to the role of funding in the governance of this cooperation with third countries. 

CEPS blog post on the benefits of the EU from a criminal law perspective

These are no longer hypothetical scenarios, mind games or exam questions for students studying EU law or international relations anymore – these are concerns that have by now become part of our everyday lives. A proposal to suspend Schengen for two years was discussed on 4 December 2015 by EU interior ministers; as to secession, you may recall the Euro-sceptic talks given by leading European politicians referring to “life outside the European Union”.

‘Whose Mare?’ – Rule of Law challenges in the field of European border surveillance in the Mediterranean

This blog post is based on a paper with the same title, co-authored by Dr. Sergio Carrera (Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Justice and Home Affairs Unit at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels) and by Dr. Leonhard den Hertog (researcher within the same unit at CEPS). The study will be available on the SOURCE and CEPS websites in February 2015.

National Security and Secret Evidence in Legislation and Before the Courts: Exploring the Challenges

A group of researchers taking part in the SOURCE project recently authored a study for the European Parliament on the use of intelligence information as evidence in some EU member states.

And no one goes to jail: Liberty & Ors v GCHQ

In this article, Elspeth Guild (CEPS) presents the outcome of a key decision by the UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal on mass surveillance, more specifically the warrantless collection and storage of digital information by governmental authorities.

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