Privacy via IT Security: Innovating Mobile App Competition is launched!

MAPPING project, December 1, 2015. A brand-new competition that gives young European innovators the chance to create or develop a contemporary app that will enhanceprivacy on mobile devicesis underway. With a wide range of prizes awarded to the best proposals, including an amount of 20000 EUR for the overall winner and the chance to deploy the winning app onto the market, this competition provides a great opportunity for talented individuals with inspiring ideas to get involved in online security.

As one of the MAPPING project[1] activities, the competition addresses the requirement of society to deal with security threat encounters and the exposure of personal data through the call for innovative IT security tools which enhance integrity, authenticity and confidentiality of personal data in mobile and online environments. The detailed Call for Applications can be found athttp://mapping-competition.uni-hannover.de/.

Judged by a jury of independent experts, the top three proposals will participate in a special Award Ceremony at CeBit Scale11 on 14 March 2016 inHannover, Germany. CeBit is one of the most prestigious annual Computer Expo events in the world, and a week-long workstation that is to be awarded to each of the three winners will give the three candidatesa strong platform to market their app and generate interest from influential parties across the globe. The Award Ceremony, like the competition, will receive plenty of media coverage and will include a panel discussion and an extended introduction of the three winning apps, generating further exposure.

The general topic of the competition is “Privacy via IT Security”, thus the task of the competition is to enhance user privacy through developing an app for IT security on mobile devices in a range of sub-topics including privacy, services, anonymization, cyber security, authentication and block chain technology. Proposals could includenew ideas or developments of existing apps, but must be topical and tailored to the requirements of this competition.

The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2015 and candidates can submit their initial proposal idea online via the competition website (http://mapping-competition.uni-hannover.de/submission.html) from 1 December 2015. Also a word template can be downloaded on the same web page that can be sent to mapping@iri.uni-hannover.de. All proposalsmust meet the basic eligibilitycriteria as outlined on the competition website,before subsequently entering a development stage whereby at minimum a ´proof-of-concept´ must be developed before the final submission. The jury will then evaluate the submissions using a variety of criteria, with each criterion assigned a weighting factor from 1 to 3 depending on its importance. The result of the competition will be based on the total overall score of each competitor.

Contacts:

Competition coordinator: Institute for Legal Informatics, Leibniz University Hanover(DE), mapping@iri.uni-hannover.de

Project coordinator: University of Groningen (NL), projectoffice@mappingtheinternet.eu

Dissemination coordinator: EPMA (CZ),info@mappingtheinternet.eu

[1]MAPPING (Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and INternet Governance) is a Mobilisation and Mutual Learning Action Plan on Societal Challenges project and is funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Developments. It is carried out by a consortium of 12 European organisations and 1 International organisation, coordinated by the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Rückblick: Forum IT-Recht „Freies W-LAN – Ein Auslaufmodell nach dem neuen TMG?“

Am Montag, den 23.11.2015, fand eine weitere Veranstaltung der Reihe „Forum IT-Recht“ statt. Diesmal bezog sich der Themenschwerpunkt auf den bisherigen Referentenentwurf des Telemediengesetzes, welcher am 16. September 2015 vom Bundeskabinett verabschiedet wurde und unter anderem die Haftungsregelung von WLAN-Netzwerken neu regeln soll.
Die Referenten waren Prof. Dr. Per Christiansen, MSc (LSE) (Hans-Bredow-Institut für Medienforschung an der Universität Hamburg), Ilja Braun (Referent für Digitales und Medien beim Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen), Falk Garbsch (studierter Informatiker und Softwareentwickler sowie Sprecher des Chaos Computer Club (CCC)), Bastian Arnhardt und Carsten Wiemann (beide von der Initiative Freifunk Hannover). Moderiert wurde das Forum von Frank Falkner (EULISP-Alumni).
Unter den Sprechern herrschte Einigkeit darüber, dass mit dem aktuellen Referentenentwurf des Telemediengesetztes das Ziel der Ausbreitung von öffentlichen WLAN-Hotspots nicht erreicht werden könne. Der Referentenentwurf werde in seiner jetzigen Form weniger zu einer Verbesserung sondern vielmehr zu einer Behinderung der offenen WLAN-Abdeckung führen. Kritisiert wurde dabei insbesondere der Wortlaut des Referentenentwurfs, welcher aufgrund der Menge an „unklaren Generalklauseln“ zu unbestimmt sei. Das Telemediengesetz müsse dazu geeignet sein das Vertrauen zu Betreibern von Hotspots herzustellen und ihnen Schutz zu bieten. Zurzeit hätten die Formulierungen des Entwurfs jedoch vielmehr einen abschreckenden Charakter. Es sei nicht eindeutig welche Maßnahmen des Netzwerkbetreibers als„zumutbar“ und welche Sicherungsmaßnahmen als „angemessen“ zu beurteilen seien, wenn es um die Verhinderung des unberechtigten Zugangs ins Internet gehe. Daher könne damit gerechnet werden, dass Provider den Betrieb von Hotspots abstellen, bis das Gesetz durch Rechtsprechung eine konkrete Form annehme.
Unter Bezugnahme auf die Regelungen zur Haftungsverschärfung des Gesetzesentwurfs wurde weiterhin betont, dass die Wahrscheinlichkeit einer rechtswidrigen Nutzung von Hotspots mittlerweile durchaus gering sei. Inzwischen hätten Medien wie Netflix und Spotify die Ausbreitung des illegalen Kopierens enorm eingeschränkt. Daher sei es nun der falsche Weg die Haftungsrisiken von Betreibern öffentlicher WLAN-Hotspots zu steigern. Insbesondere sei die Vorgabe des Entwurfs, den Zugang zum WLAN mit einem Passwort zu sichern, nicht das geeignete Mittel um eine rechtswidrige Nutzung des Internets zu verhindern. Jede Person könne sich auf einfachem Wege das Passwort und schließlich auch den Internetzugang verschaffen. Auch die Regelung, nach welcher der Nutzer ausdrücklich zu versichern hat, dass er keine rechtswidrigen Handlungen begehen wird, sei untauglich.
Schließlich wurde im Anschluss dem Publikum die Möglichkeit gegeben Fragen an die Referenten zu stellen.
Die Diskussion verdeutlichte insbesondere, dass der aktuelle Gesetzesentwurf weit hinter den Erwartungen der Referenten geblieben ist. Insbesondere die Brisanz dieses Themas sowie eine Notwendigkeit der Überarbeitung des Entwurfs durch Experten gehörten zu den zentralen Erkenntnissen, die sich aus dem Austausch der Referenten ergaben.

Halfway through the EVIDENCE project: Status Quo Workshop held in Sofia

A little more than one and a half years after the EVIDENCE Kick-off meeting, preliminary findings of four project Work Packages have been presented and discussed at a Status Quo Workshop in Sofia, Bulgaria on 20 and 21 October 2015.
As the leader of Work Package 8 ‘Data Protection Issues’, the Institute for Legal Informatics presented “Data Protection Issues in Gathering, Sharing and Exchanging of Electronic Evidence”, summarizing results of a Report on Data Protection Issues in Gathering and Using of Electronic Evidence that had been delivered in spring 2015, and of a workshop focusing on the transfer of electronic evidence that had taken place in July 2015.
Other sessions of the workshop were dedicated to Legal Issues, Standard Issues and Law Enforcement Issues. In addition to the consortium members, external experts contributed to the workshop by giving a speech or by participating in a panel. The presentations were each followed by lively open discussions in which external stakeholders present at the event shared their practical experiences and knowledge with the project consortium.
The workshop was concluded by a group discussions session focusing on further development and action towards a Road Map to a common European Framework on electronic evidence that is going to be the final outcome of the project.

About the EVIDENCE project

Thanks to technological advances in information gathering, law enforcement agencies are able nowadays to obtain evidence, when carrying out criminal investigations, in very effective ways that were impossible a few years ago. However, legislations on criminal procedures in many European countries were enacted before these technologies appeared, thus taking no account of them. A specific framework of standards, guidelines and recommendations is needed.
The EVIDENCE project offers a multidisciplinary approach for identification, definition, assessment and articulation of the whole set of actions that should be carried out in a coherent framework, including the following aspects:
• Comparative analysis of existing legal provisions which apply in these cases and their impact;
• Identification and specification of those legislative changes that should be promoted at both European and Member State level;
• Definition of open/widely available standards, assuring not only the international transfer of evidence but also the chain-of-custody requirements and the protection of the means of proof, keeping in mind the ethical and privacy aspects;
• Identification of operational and ethical implications for law enforcement agencies;                  • Identification of technical developments that should be carried out to sustain all these aspects.

Following this research agenda the EVIDENCE project aims at developing a Road Map (guidelines, recommendations, technical standards, etc.) for realising the missing Common European Framework for the systematic, aligned and uniform application of new technologies in the collection, use and exchange of evidence.

EULISP XX Graduation Ceremony

The conclusion of the 20th edition of the EULISP Master’s Programme in IT and IP Law will be celebrated this Friday, November 13th at 18.30 o clock at the Leibnizhaus.
After two semesters of intense studying, the students will celebrate together with their families, their tutors and the members of the Institute of Legal Informatics the fruition of their hard efforts.
For more information about EULISP, please visit http://www.eulisp.de/home-427.html or write an email at revolidis@iri.uni-hannover.de