Three FP7 Security Research projects (PRISMS, PACT and SurPRISE) have
addressed these and related questions by putting the perspective of European citi-
zens at the very centre of the research focus. The main aims of the projects were
to better understand the relation between surveillance, security and privacy, to
inform policy-making and to support decision making with the gained insights.
In November 2014 the projects convened a scientific event3 to discuss these and
other questions related to ‘Citizens’ Perspectives on Surveillance, Security and
Privacy’, which collected contributions from the research projects, high level
keynote lectures, and presentations from researchers working on similar and related
topics. This volume is based on selected contributions to this conference, aiming
to present a comprehensive picture of the state of research. Additional authors have
been invited in order to round off the content of the book.
Focusing on the citizens’ perspective on surveillance, privacy and security, this
volume contributes new insights from empirical research and theoretical analysis to
a debate, characterized by evident tendencies to provide simplified answers to
apparently multidimensional and correspondingly complex societal issues like