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SecureOpenNets (DISTRIBUTED LEDGERS FOR SECURE OPEN COMMUNITIES) is aimed at studying and developing distributed ledger models and methods to ensure data protection and data privacy, in order to develop collaborative business solutions for smart communities and digital rights. Specifically, the project will focus on algorithms and data structures for semantic indexing, monitoring and searching on decentralized ledgers, as well as machine learning and auditing methods on decentralized ledgers. These algorithms, models and methods will be developed and analysed in the project’s specific fields of application.
The project covers three main fields of application: 1) Privacy. The development of the digital market is based on several pillars, relying on the certainty that one’s personal data are transmitted and stored securely, even when they are shared, in whole or in part, with other entities which need those data to be able to deliver a service. 2) Sharing Economy. Unlike applications such as Uber, Facebook and Twitter, the intention is to support the growing trend of having open platforms for the exchange of data and/or access to services. The characteristics of distributed ledgers, such as security and traceability of transactions and the lack of a central controlling authority, appear to be suitable for the migration of a number of services which currently rely on centralized forms of data and service management. 3) Digital Rights. In the current copyright management scenario, where different actors contribute to the creation, publication and distribution of a work and, of course, to rights management, the verticalization of the Distributed Ledger for Digital Rights allows the different actors involved to explore the evolutionary scenarios of copyright management in order to identify the peculiar aspects and the main differences with the current scenario.
The project was funded by the NOP Research and Innovation 2014-2020 under Axis II “Thematic Projects”, action “Clusters”, which finances industrial research and experimental development projects in the 12 specialization areas identified by the National Research Programme (NRP) 2015-2020, in particular in the “Smart, Secure and Inclusive Communities” specialization area. For the implementation of this initiative, a budget of 4.221.960,00 euro was allocated to the following beneficiaries:
- ALKEMY TECH Srl
- SUBCOM Srl
- Poste Italiane SpA
- OPEN KNOWLEDGE TECHNOLOGIES Srl
- “Mediterranea” University of Reggio Calabria
- University of Calabria
- BV TECH SpA
- University of Trento
- National Research Council
Impact on the Territory
The project will play an active role in the processes related to processing of personal data and monitoring of online compliance with EU GDPR Regulation (EU) 2016/679 concerning the protection of privacy by economic actors at both national and international level, through the development of security and trust techniques, solutions and services for the prevention of fraud and alterations, as well as the development of new algorithms capable of ensuring predictions, speed, low cost of processing and the ability to adapt to regulatory scenarios.
The skills that the staff will acquire during the project will increase employment opportunities in the target regions, both in the proponent companies and through the creation of new innovative start-ups, capable of gaining a large market share in the fast growing security systems sector. By moving a large part of their research activities to Calabria on a permanent basis, on the other hand, partner companies will give a competitive advantage to the region and will ensure a better strategic positioning in the specialization area of “Smart, Secure and Inclusive Communities”, thanks to the development of an offer that targets the entire market. The project results are in line with two technology trajectories of the “ICT and Innovative Tertiary Sector” Innovation Area of the regional Innovation and Smart Specialization Strategy - S3 Calabria, contributing to the definition of new business models in the digital field and the adoption of advanced cyber security solutions, in compliance with privacy, transparency and security regulations.