Guest Editors: Pompeu Casanovas and Ugo Pagallo

Security is one of the main issues of contemporary societies, and so are transparency and the preservation of civil rights. New trends in the field of governance —such as Privacy Impact Assessment methodology and Data Protection by Design— require a more careful analysis of the social knowledge and ethical aspects implied in the enactment of soft law, principles, rules and best practices, as recently highlighted by the drafting of new European regulations. Recent political turmoils fuel this intellectual need. Ethical and legal challenges of the balance between security (e.g. procedures, content and boundaries of police interoperability) and data protection (as defined e.g. by legal provisions and enacted by national agencies) will be faced in this Special issue.


  • Access control, Trust & Security
  • Security, Data Protection and Privacy by Design (PbD)
  • Privacy and Data Protection Impact Assessment (PIA, DPIA)
  • Application, implementation, and enforcement of national, international and EU statutes and regulations
  • Ethical and legal aspects of Open Source Information (OSI) and Social Intelligence
  • Globalization, cyber-criminality and organized crime
  • European policies, state policies and deliberative models of democracy
  • Organization, transfers and police interoperability
  • Multi-level governance, best practices, ethical codes, and ethical principles
  • Complexity and regulatory models
  • Emergencies, Crisis, Conflict Resolution, Crowdsourcing and Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)
  • Linked Open Data (LOD), Transparency and Open Government Linked Data (OGLD)
  • Surveillance, video-surveillance, protection of citizens, and preservation of rights
  • Mobile technologies, platforms, and storage and management of personal information
  • Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Smart data, social networks and Semantic Web tools

Please notice that papers submitted for this Call must not have been published previously in academic journals or article collections. However, submissions may be new elaborations of ideas previously developed in such publications, as long as they represent new, original papers (philosophically, legally or ethically oriented).


January 15, 2014: Deadline papers submissions

February 15, 2014: Deadline reviewed papers

February 28, 2014: Deadline revised papers

April 2014: Publication of the special issue