SOURCE goes Virtual - New SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE)


The SOURCE Network project has formally finalized on 31 December 2018, but it continues in a new format - the SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE). The VCE provides resources for communication, research and controversy about different approaches to security by deliberating proposals about what makes a secure society. Sign up to the online SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence to share your ideas and contribute to a debate about the key questions on societal security.


Published on Mon, 25 Mar 2019 in Reports
Published on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 in Reports
Author(s): Ben Hayes and Reinhard Kreissl
Published on Mon, 31 Dec 2018 in Reports
Author(s): Kristoffer Lidén

Online Courses

This course provides an overview of scholarly perspectives and debates on policies, perceptions, actors, economy, ethics and technology of security in Europe. The course took place at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB); Belgium - Institute for European Studies (IES) in October 2018, and the lectures are made available here for students to take the course virtually.


Cybersecurity is part of societal security (“the ability of a society to persist in its essential character under changing conditions and possible or actual threats”). Potentially, cybersecurity concerns all of us; we can all become victims. Cyberattacks can come from a wide range of sources, ranging from a state and non-state groups to criminals, and can be aimed at a wide range of targets, ranging from individual citizens and businesses to infrastructure. Furthermore, the risks of cybersecurity are not always easy to grasp. And even if we understand the risks and know possible solutions, we can fail to prepare properly. Moreover, cybersecurity is not only a technological and economic phenomenon, but also a societal phenomenon; it involves citizens, companies and government agencies.

Project Information

Project type: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 313288
Duration: January 2014 - December 2018
Project Coordinator: ARTTIC

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Legal and technological trend cards

The legal and technological trend cards aim at documenting the latest developments in societal security. You can access here the Legal Cards and the Technological Cards

Data Protection in the SOURCE project

In accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), people who have been involved in SOURCE project activities may request information about whether personal data is held on them, what information this is, where it is stored and for what purposes – and they may request that the data is erased.

For queries in this regard, please contact

For queries regarding the new SOURCE Virtual Centre of Excellence that emerged from the project, please contact

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