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Digital Society Initiative

H2020-Project: CANVAS Cybersecurity and Ethics

The growing complexity of the digital ecosystem in combination with increasing global risks entail the danger that enforcing cybersecurity may bypass other fundamental values like equality, fairness or privacy, whereas downplaying cybersecurity would undermine citizens’ trust and confidence in the digital infrastructure. For tackling this challenge, the European Commission has chosen the CANVAS Consortium – Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity – to unify technology developers with legal and ethical scholar and social scientists to approach the challenge how cybersecurity can be aligned with European values and fundamental rights. CANVAS is a Collaboration and Support Action within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon 2020” coordinated by the University of Zurich, Switzerland. CANVAS has a particular focus on three domains of application with specific ethical challenges: the health system, finance, and law enforcement / national security. Among others, CANVAS aims to create a reference curriculum for value-driven cybersecurity with a focus on industry-training, briefing packages for policy stakeholders, and a MOOC (massive open online course) on value-driven cybersecurity.

Further information on the Project Canvas can be found on the project website

Download the results. (PDF, 49 KB)


Involved Researchers and Project Partners

  • PD Dr. Markus Christen, Center for Ethics UZH (Research Coordinator)
  • University Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Bern University of Applied Sciences Biel (Switzerland)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
  • University Hamburg (Germany)
  • Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (Germany)
  • Dublin City University (Irland)
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands)
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona (Spain)
  • F-Secure (Finland)
  • Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein (Germany).


  • European Commission
  • State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation (SERI)


Markus Christen