COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (CIP)
ICT POLICY SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Draft ICT PSP WORK PROGRAMME 2008
Objective 3.2: Trusted Information Infrastructures and Biometric technologies
Funding instrument: Thematic network - It is intended to support two thematic networks (one
for each of the following goals)
1- Trusted information infrastructures
Trusted information infrastructures - understood in a broad sense as a set of hardware and
software features embedded in the components of a computing architecture (platform,
operating system, middleware, application, services, and trust infrastructure) – are the
necessary foundation for a secure and trustworthy Information Society.
The objective of this activity is to bring together key partners to build consensus develop
roadmaps and identify best practices in view of defining trusted information infrastructure for
eServices under real-life operational conditions. This will include secure identity management
and privacy-friendly automated personal data processing by third parties (such as applications
The network will address technical, organisational as well as policy and societal issues,
leading to additional insights into opportunities and obstacles that need to be collectively
addressed via public-private partnerships. Practical application scenarios and use cases should
be developed and the need for, and modalities of, technical or organisational certification
should be investigated, for example, in relation to security and privacy compliance.
Lessons learned should be shared across all stakeholders and should help to clarify the full
potential of trusted information infrastructures taking into account transferability to a wide
spectrum of eServices. The network should build on public-private partnerships, including
public organisations, industry and research, service providers, user/consumer organisations
and other relevant civil organisations.
The Objective 3.2: "Trusted Information Infrastructures and Biometric technologies"
2- Biometric technologies
Biometric technologies are rapidly moving from technological development to widespread
deployment in many sectors of society. While it is important that citizens and industry enjoy
Draft ICT PSP Work Programme 2008
Agreed by the programme Committee
This remains subject to the formal Commission decision on the ICT-PSP Work programme 2008
the full advantages of those technologies, there is a strong need for technically, legally and
ethically sound deployment approaches to be adopted across Europe.
The objective is to bring together the key stakeholders in this domain in Europe in view to
develop experience sharing and awareness raising. The network will identify and disseminate
best practices, investigate modalities for certification. It will also develop practical application
scenarios, as well as test and use cases. Legal requirements (such as data and privacy
protection), cultural and societal issues have to be taken into account and possible
shortcomings of current applications addressed. The network has to be an effective instrument
for achieving more secure and trustworthy biometrics applications on the long-term.
The network will bring together major stakeholders and build on public-private partnerships.
Public organisations and service providers will be involved to ensure take-up of the proposed
biometrics solutions. Industry and research involvement is needed to identify technical
requirements. Ethical experts should be involved in the development of best practice
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