Education, Cybersecurity and Privacy

Cyber Security for the Common Good (CSCG) shortlist


Who is behind this?

Maria Chatzichristodoulou

London South Bank University, School of Arts & Creative Industries

United Kingdom

Who is joining forces?

University of Hull, School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures

United Kingdom

Transmediale Festival


Fondazzjoni Kreattività


Other partners are: Athens School of Fine Arts, Multimedia-Hypermedia & Videoart Laboratory, Athens, Greece, <>; Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, <>; Hull City of Culture 2017, Hull, UK, <>; L’ESA LE 75, Ecole supérieure des arts de l’image, Brussels Belgium <>; Open Rights Group, UK, <>

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Cyber Security for the Common Good will raise awareness about online privacy and security among Europe’s citizen groups & civil society stakeholders that are most vulnerable to dataveillance & cyber attack. Through a multilingual open source Digital Privacy Toolkit & a series of workshops we will help specific social groups (young people, union representatives, the elderly, & NGO’s) determine the risks they are exposed to online & provide them with the tools and techniques to protect themselves

Where will your idea take place?

London & Hull (UK), Brussels (Belgium), Berlin (Germany), Athens (Greece), Valletta (Malta)

Why does Europe need your idea?

In the wake of recent high-profile cyber attacks, governments, corporations & the EU are taking urgent action to enhance their digital security; however many citizens & civil society groups are still vulnerable. We seek to address this knowledge gap by making vulnerable members of the public aware of who is collecting their data online, what types of personal data are collected, what happens to it, how is it vulnerable to attack, & what are the implications of relinquishing data to 3rd parties.

What is your impact?

We aim to raise awareness about online privacy and vulnerability to cyber attack, and educate key European civil society stakeholders in techniques for maintaining their privacy and protecting the data of those they interact with. Through the development of a accessible Digital Privacy Toolkit and the delivery of privacy workshops we seek to support stakeholders to safeguard their digital privacy and security online. We hope the Digital Privacy Toolkit will have a lasting legacy to that end.

How do you get there?

The project builds upon existing research and outreach work already conducted by the project leads Dr M. Chatzichristodoulou and Dr S. Willmetts. With funding from the Ferens Education Trust and the Arts Council UK they have organised and delivered three digital privacy workshops in the UK for young people and the wider public (Watermans, London & the Warren project Hull).We seek to build upon the success of these workshops by ‘translating’ them across Europe (culturally & linguistically) and targeting a wider set of social groups and civil society institutions. We have established a network of partners across Europe with the contacts and experience to facilitate the development of the Privacy Toolkit and the scaling up of the workshops, targeting vulnerable demographics & stakeholders.

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Most tangibly, we seek to raise awareness about digital privacy among the groups of people we conduct workshops with: groups of young people & youth workers, groups of elderly people, employee unions and NGOs. Through our Digital Privacy Toolkit we also hope to promote digital privacy among European citizens more widely, especially among individuals who might be more vulnerable to attack or who have less knowledge and awareness about their digital privacy.

What makes your idea stand apart?

This project believes that real digital security should begin at home. By educating users about what happens to their data & the importance of their online privacy, it seeks to empower vulnerable internet users before they have relinquished control of their data and provided potentially damaging private information to third parties online. By working directly with community groups & developing a widely accessible Digital Privacy Toolkit this project promotes security at a grassroots level.

€ 45000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 45000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Developing Digital Privacy Toolkit (working with designers & educators): 11000 euros. Adapting and Translating Digital Privacy Toolkit to target specific groups: 8000 euros. Delivering Workshops and raising awareness events in 5 countries: 23000 euros. Website maintenance, documentation and reports: 3000 euros


Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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