Big Brother Project in Works In Europe

Posted on April 26, 2010. Filed under: General Info | Tags: , , |


European Big Brother Alert

This project, funded by grants, tells us it is developing a : Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment.

The INDECT homepage provides the following information:


This is the homepage of the EU FP7 project INDECT.

UE FP7 INDECT Project: “Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment”

Grant agreement no.: 218086


Research area: SEC-2007-1.2-01 Intelligent urban environment observation system

Duration: 60 months

For more official EU information about INDECT click here.

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Project Description

Intelligent information system supporting observation, searching and detection for security of citizens in urban environment.

The main objectives of the INDECT project are:
  • to develop a platform for: the registration and exchange of operational data, acquisition of multimedia content, intelligent processing of all information and automatic detection of threats and recognition of criminal behaviour or violence,
  • to develop the prototype of an integrated, network-centric system supporting the operational activities of police officers, providing techniques and tools for observation of various mobile objects,
  • to develop a new type of search engine combining direct search of images and video based on watermarked contents, and the storage of metadata in the form of digital watermarks,

The main expected results of the INDECT project are:

  • to realise a trial installation of the monitoring and surveillance system in various points of city agglomeration and demonstration of the prototype of the system with 15 node stations,
  • implementation of a distributed computer system that is capable of acquisition, storage and effective sharing on demand of the data as well as intelligent processing,
  • construction of a family of prototypes of devices used for mobile object tracking,
  • construction of a search engine for fast detection of persons and documents based on watermarking technology and utilising comprehensive research on watermarking technology used for semantic search,
  • construction of agents assigned to continuous and automatic monitoring of public resources such as: web sites, discussion forums, UseNet groups, file servers, p2p networks as well as individual computer systems,
  • elaboration of Internet based intelligence gathering system, both active and passive, and demonstrating its efficiency in a measurable way.
This is part of the Seventh Framework Programme. Looking at their website you can see the future Obama and the Democrats invision for us, including:

Conference: ‘Towards a greater understanding of the changing role of business in society’, Brussels, Belgium

[Date: 2010-03-24]

A conference entitled ‘Towards a greater understanding of the changing role of business in society’ will take place in Brussels, Belgium from 22 April 2010.

The aim of the event is to discuss the main outcomes of selected projects funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) with stakeholders in order to explore the practical implications of the research done.

Apart from the research dimension, the conference will take up a discussion on three issues crucial for understanding better the changing role of business in society, especially in the context of the financial and economic crisis. These topics include:
– new governance structures and relationship between enterprises and the state,
– the crisis of trust and its implications for sustainable economic development and social and political stability,
– corporate social responsibility (CSR) in a globalised economy.

Multiple sessions will look at the issues from a business perspective, which will, in turn be evaluated by academics, policy makers and stakeholder representatives during a panel discussion, as well as in an open exchange with the audience.


Conference on ‘Reassessing European citizenship: citizen rights and citizen acts’, Brussels, Belgium

[Date: 2010-04-09]

A conference on ‘Reassessing European citizenship: citizen rights and citizen acts’ will be held in Brussels, Belgium on 27 April 2010.

This conference will present key results of the ENACT (‘Enacting European citizenship’) project which is supported under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). It brings together researchers from three long-standing EU Member States (UK, Belgium and the Netherlands), two new Member States (Hungary and Latvia) and a candidate state (Turkey) to explore in-depth how European citizenship is claimed, disputed, built and enacted.

Normally, European citizenship is assessed in terms of the European Court of Justice’s interpretations of rights. This conference offers a new lens – focused on acts of European citizenship – in order to generate new insights. There is more to European citizenship than status and residence rights. How do people enact citizenship, mobility, and their rights to ‘Europe’? Reaching beyond European citizenship as a legal status, the presentations examine a series of acts by subjects who claim European rights, regardless of their status. Major issues about identity, belonging, and the significance of ‘Europe’ are at stake in these claims.

Sessions at the event will include the following topics:
– ‘The Future of European citizenship’,
– ‘Enacting European citizenship in Turkey’,
– ‘Deprivation of citizenship in the EU’,
– ‘Mobility, sex workers and European citizenship’,
– ‘Challenges to European citizenship: the Roma and Sinti in Italy and Germany’,
– ‘Assessing European citizenship: between law and politics’.

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