Mapping: FESTOS - Foresight of evolving security threats posed by emerging technologies

FESTOS aims to identify and assess evolving security threats posed by abuse of emerging technologies and new S&T knowledge, and to propose means to reduce their likelihood. While almost all such knowledge can in principle be abused, this should not hinder the free generation and exchange of knowledge a our society. As the pace of science-based development accelerates, there is a pressing need for continual scanning of the unfolding technology landscape for potential security threats. Looking ahead to 2030, the foresight study will identify and assess security threats that could stem from future technologies such as Robotics, Cognition, New Materials, Nano and Biotechnologies. FESTOS will stimulate an "out of the box" anticipatory thinking and construct threat scenarios by analysing the impact of the identified threats on the background of envisioned security climates (societal context of security issues).The threat scenarios will be evaluated in terms of their levels of impact and uncertainty. In conjunction with each scenarios critical early-warning indicators will be identified. Societal issues will be discussed, as well as the controversial issue of controlled dissemination of scientific knowledge in the context of necessary trade-offs between security and the freedom of research and knowledge. Policy recommendations will aim at novel means of preparedness.

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Research and Support Teams

Q1: Provide the organisation details of the project leader and up to 35 project members.

Project leader

Organisation Full Name Contact Person Capacities (people) * Efforts (person/months) *
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ICTAF Interdisciplinary Centre for Technology Analysis a, -

http://www.ictaf.tau.ac.il/index.asp?lang=eng

Yair Sharan

sharany@post.tau.ac.il

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* R = Research
TD = Technology Development
M/S = Management and other support activities

Project members

Organisation Full Name Contact Person Capacities (people) * Efforts (person/months) *
R TD M/S R TD M/S

FFRC Finland Futures Research Centre , University of Tu, -

http://www.ffrc.utu.fi/en/

Burkhard Auffermann

burkhard.auffermann@utu.fi

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CTS Centre for Technology and Society, Technical Unive, -

http://www.tu-berlin.de/ztg

Hans-Liudger Dienel

dienel@ztg.tu-berlin.de

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EFP EFPConsulting (UK) Ltd, -

http://www.efpcgroup.com/Front/ShowCategory.aspx?C

Michael Remes

michael@efpconsulting.com

0 0 0 0 0 0
* R = Research
TD = Technology Development
M/S = Management and other support activities

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