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OPerational Trustworthiness Enabling Technologies (OPTET)

Legal aspects of trust on the Internet

Law lecturer Dr Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon from the Southampton Law School ILAWS Research Centre is part of a major European Union project, which is examining questions of online trust and trustworthiness.

They will be exploring how the law can contribute to increasing trust among users of the Internet and, generally, what drives this trust.

Principal Investigator of the project is Dr Mike Surridge from the University of Southampton’s IT Innovation Centre. “Our aim is to make people more confident in using the Internet. We believe if users know the system will warn them about any online risks, they will have more trust in the technology behind widely-used systems and software,” he says.

The three year EU Framework Seven project OPerational Trustworthiness Enabling Technologies (OPTET) with partners in France, Germany, Belgium and Greece takes a interdisciplinary and integrated approach to the subject. In particular it is researching cyber security of critical infrastructure, and issues surrounding an electronic monitoring initiative involving elderly and disabled people in Norway.

Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon

Associate Professor in Information Technology/Intellectual Property Law and Director of ILAWS

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