THE PROJECT

As privacy and trust remain key in the data sharing debate, privacy enhancing technologies (PET) will play a prominent role by 2025. Safe-DEED takes a highly interdisciplinary approach, bringing together partners from cryptography, data science, business model innovation, and the legal domain to focus on improving security technologies, improving trust as well as diffusion of privacy enhancing technologies to keep up pace with global macrotrends and the data economy, to enable the fastest possible growth.

Furthermore, as it has been recently shown that even among large companies, many have no data valuation process in place, Safe-DEED provides a set of tools to facilitate the assessment of data value, thus incentivizing data owners to make use of the cryptographic protocols to create value for their companies and their clients.  The general concept of Safe-DEED is a virtuous cycle of establishing value, providing the enabling technologies, and creating the value thus promised. All within a solid legal and ethical framework.

OBJECTIVES

1. Develop new methods addressing the problems of private set intersection for large data sets, and secure multiparty computation (MPC), reducing both communication (Mb/s) and runtime (s) by at least 50% against the existing state of the art, while improving the expressiveness of the class of functions evaluated on the data.
2. Develop the first of its kind Software as a Service (SaaS) component for valuating the potential of a company’s data if collected and processed at scale.
3. Show the scalability of the methods in real-world scenarios involving personal data (from Telecom provider ForthNet) and confidential industry data (from semiconductor manufacturer Infineon).
4. Show the general applicability and sustainability of the methods for MPC and data valuation.
5. Develop pricing models and business models to exploit both the MPC services as well as the data valuation services.
6. Generate trust in data markets through sound legal and ethical foundations in the use-cases, project output, and the development of an educational module; cross- sectoral guidance on ethical/normative valuation and how to better align technology and economic incentives with the law and ethics.

THE PARTNERS

The Know-Center is Austria’s competence centre for data-driven business and big data analytics, founded in 2001. As a connecting link between science and industry, the Know-Center conducts application-oriented research in cooperation with other academic institutions and with companies. It has thus over 15 years of experience in creating usable and stable end user ready.

Know-Center is the Administrative Coordinator of Safe-DEED.

The Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH is a non-profit research institution that manages innovations from universities to market in the area of eTechnologies and Smart Media. It operates a network of currently five research units called Studios cooperating with and creating research synergies among the TU Wien, Johannes Kepler University Linz, and University of Salzburg.

RSA FG is the Scientific Coordinator of Safe-DEED.

Eurecat is the leading Technology Centre in Catalonia, and the second largest private research organization in Southern Europe. It is the result of a merging process initiated in 2015, involving the main Catalan research centers.
Eurecat manages a turnover of 43M€ and 600 professionals, is involved in more than 160 R&D projects and has a customer portfolio of over 1.000 companies.

 

Founded in 1862, Delft University of Technology is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive technical
university in the Netherlands. Renowned for its high standards of education and research, the university collaborates with other educational establishments and research institutes, both in the Netherlands and overseas.

KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. It is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure, and is a charter member of League of European Research Universities. KU Leuven conducts  fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation.

Forthnet is one of the largest alternative fixed operator that provides broadband and pay TV services in Greece with more than 1 Million subscriptions. Using stateoftheart technologies and fully exploiting its knowhow, Forthnet offers a set of individual or bundled fixed telephony, broadband internet and TVcontent services, to customers, enterprises and Public Bodies throughout Greece.

Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, mobility, and security. In the 2017 fiscal year, the company reported sales of Euro 7,063 billion with close to 37,500 employees worldwide.

LSTech Espana SL is an SME committed to building innovative Big Data analytics, specializing also in technologies and tools for auditing and regulation compliance with emphasis on privacy and discrimination issues. Combining over 100 man years of collective experience in the areas of Software Engineering and Data Science.

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