IRISS was a three-year project (February 2012- January 2015) that analysed the spread of surveillance systems and technologies in public and private sectors from the perspective of their impact on the fabric of a democratic society. IRISS focused on the observable effects and everyday understanding of surveillance in contemporary Europe, analysed differences within and between individual societies and matched the observable effects against the situation in other parts of the world. This empirical research informed an analysis designed to explore options for increasing social, economic and institutional resilience. IRISS produced a comprehensive account of resilience options, focusing on strengthening democratic processes and public discourse about appropriate reactions towards threats against open democratic societies. The project had sixteen partners.
Client: European Commission, DG for Research and Innovation and Research Executive Agency.