Child sexual exploitation and child sexual abuse remain challenging issues for law enforcement and local authorities in the UK due to the hidden nature of these crimes. Risk assessments tools, which can be similar to questionnaires, enable the categorisation of cases as “low”, “moderate” or “high” risk and...

Research pilots play a critical role in the testing, validation, and evaluation of new technologies before they are pushed into the market. They act as a feasibility study showing technology developers, end-users, and evaluators what is and is not working so that modifications and/or additional...

In this blog, Toby Fenton, Research Analyst at Trilateral Research, analyses the concept of risk and our approach in developing risk assessment methodologies in the project Solebay. Risk is an inherent part of life. We often talk of ‘risky’ behaviour, ‘taking risks’ and being ‘risk adverse’,...

The development of new powerful technologies based on Artificial Intelligence and Big Data opens new opportunities but also gives rise to many concerns on the unintended consequences and their possible misuses to harm rather than make our society a better place. We have started looking at...

One of our core areas of expertise at Trilateral is understanding and anticipating the impacts of new technologies and their social, ethical, legal and political impacts in particular. We've been exploring the impact of new technologies at different scales. Developing an understanding of the impacts of...

What is data protection by design exactly? The basic idea is that consideration of the impact of any processing activities when developing a new product, technology or service should be taken into account and from the onset and through the lifecycle of the product. Security...

With more than 70,000 attendees over a four-day period, the Web Summit in Lisbon brought together politicians, technologists, and NGOs to think together, exchange views and set priorities about the global technological agenda. With more than 70 dedicated discussions and panels, AI was one of the...

While organised crime and terrorist groups are often at the forefront of technological innovation for planning, executing and concealing their criminal activities, law enforcement agencies (LEAs) often lag behind. LEAs are therefore in need of new policing technologies to identify, understand and counteract new threats...

The potential impact of AI and robotics technologies on society is immense. Such technologies carry great promise. For example, they can facilitate efficiency by freeing up time spent on menial or repetitive tasks. These technologies can also complement and improve human productivity and open up new...

As defined in the oath of allegiance taken by members of the British Armed Forces upon attestation, the UK military’s defining purpose is to ‘faithfully defend her Majesty, her heirs and successors in person, crown and dignity against all enemies’. Since the 17thCentury, the military has...

Trilateral Research is a partner in the EU-funded research project DEVELOP: Developing careers through social networks and transversal competencies. The aim of the project is to build a software tool that will help employees plan their career development and get feedback on their competencies and skills,...

Whereas much attention has been paid to the radical changes brought by Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR) and its aim to enhance and uniform the data protection legislation across Member States, very few words have been spent on national derogations and...

The use of big data analytics techniques and machine learning boosts competitiveness in the EU manufacturing sector. PROTEUS' mission is to investigate and develop ready-to-use scalable online machine learning algorithms and real-time interactive visual analytics to deal with extremely large data sets and data streams. Using these...

Ethics is not a ‘thing’ to be designed into a technology or into data analytics because ethics are enacted, in situ, in context. Designing in ways that encourage ethical outcomes requires thinking critically about what the design work is doing. Privacy by design is a very...

Following the latest advancements in the digital economy, technology and science, it has become clear that personal data is the new oil. Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) is the response to technological challenges. It aims to empower data subjects and ensure uniformity among Member States. This...

The use of Virtual Reality has expanded from gaming scenarios to less recreational immersive experiences including education, news reporting, advertising and training.  Three key areas where VR is being considered for experimentation and implementation are: Education, Museums Cultural heritage However, the use of these systems may...

At Trilateral Research we think managing risks is critical, both in the development of emerging technologies and in ensuring safety and security. All our projects involve some type of risk management. The use of risk assessment is critical to identifying, understanding and mitigating potential risks thereby...

The world is increasingly turning to open sources, not only for information but also for human rights reporting and uncovering crimes against humanity. While it has become possible for anyone with an internet connection and a smartphone to capture real-time images of extraordinary and unpredictable events...

Over the past few months, a considerable amount of news addressed the questionable practices adopted by some organisations to allegedly comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Some of these practices also led regulatory authorities to issue fines to ensure that a simple and...

Human trafficking is a clandestine phenomenon in which its victims often remain unidentified by the justice system and law enforcement. According to the Guardian, Modern slavery, including labour exploitation, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude, is estimated to cost the UK between £3.3bn and £4.3bn, with...

New technologies can enable a better collaboration between communities and Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to prevent and reduce crime. Innovative processes are in place and have been tested to provide early warning and share information with citizens while inviting them to actively collaborate in reporting...

Artificial intelligence and big data analytics have the potential to add greatly to the benefits of information and communication technologies, but they can also have undesirable impacts on ethics and human rights. Privacy and data protection are the most obvious issues, but they are far from...

Trilateral Research works with other partners, as part of the TITANIUM consortium, at curtailing the illicit use of Bitcoin in the financing of terrorist and illicit activities. Within this area of study, Giuseppe Maio, Research Assistant at Trilateral Research, has developed new research focusing on Bitcoin mining. His latest...

In collaboration with CCARHT (Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking) and The Zovighian Partnership, we are proud to have co-organised the 2018 CCARTH Counter Trafficking Cambridge Summer Symposium. We will address questions such as: which are the enablers of Modern Slavery and Human trafficking? This...

In this blog, we share insights into the technical areas we often analyse for our clients in the private and public sector for the GDPR implementation, such as: Assessment of data flow, transfer, and sharing Assessment of data storage, retention, and deletion Assessment of access...