PETIT - Privacy Enhancing Techniques for Future Internet

01/09/2016 to 31/08/2020

Internet Technology invades almost all spheres of our everyday life. Due to emerging use cases such as online social networks, banking, buildings automation, smart metering, eHealth, and eGovernment, networks are increasingly used to transmit privacy-sensitive data. The volumes of transferred, processed, and stored data are continuously expanding. There is an ever-growing temptation to collect the information once revealed: storage becomes steadily cheaper, data mining increasingly better. As a consequence, privacy on the Internet is attracting more and more attention and has become a serious concern.

The goal of the proposal “Privacy-Enhancing Techniques for Future Internet” (PETIT) is to advance the state-of- the-art in the field of Privacy-Enhancing Techniques (PETs) in order to meet the challenges of the Future Internet and to create solid fundamentals for systems that empower users with tools for strengthening their privacy protection on the Internet. This will be done by analysing existing and developing new methods for privacy-friendly communication and by contributing to a broader understanding of the topic and its primitives within the community of researchers as well as the society. To this end, we will thoroughly analyze the susceptibility of existing PETs with respect to traffic analysis to make them robust against this kind of vulnerability. Afterwards, we will design and analyze methods for network discovery in untrustworthy environments in order to overcome scalability and trustworthiness issues in currently deployed systems. Moreover, we will address the topic of privacy-preserving routing by means of new communication paradigms for emerging protocols and performance-improved path selection metrics for better optimization of available resources and provision of an adequate quality of service.

Privacy-friendly communication is essential for exercising the right to freedom of expression, particularly in those countries that are filtering and censoring access to information. On the other hand, there should be a possibility for law enforcement to persecute criminals that misuse these techniques. Finally, we will address the contradictory issues of censorship resistance and law enforcement in order to harmonize them in future designs. This will help to increase the acceptance and integration of PETs into our daily life to give users the possibility to retain control over their personal data and to mitigate privacy threats and concerns.

Wednesday, 7 November, 2018


Pilots for the European Cybersecurity Competence Networks: how can your SME benefit? - 6th Webinar -

The four pilot projects involved in the development of the European Cybersecurity Competence Network will present their plans and upcoming tools and services for SMEs in the webinar on the 2nd of April, 10:00 AM CEST



Future Events

Cyber Insurance and its Contribution to Cyber Risk Mitigation - Leiden March 25-29
25/03/2019 to 29/03/2019

The rise in both the scale and severity of recent cyberattacks demands new thinking about cybersecurity risk and the mitigation and transfer of that risk. Cyber insurance is one potential way to manage risk by transferring damage liability, but the cyber insurance market is immature and the understanding and actuarial knowledge of cyber-risk is currently underdeveloped.

e-SIDES workshop 2019

e-SIDES workshop: Towards Value-Centric Big Data: Connect People, Processes and Technology


2 April 2019

10am to 4pm


e-SIDES is a research project funded by European Commission H2020 Programme that deals with the ethical, legal, social and economic implications of privacy-preserving technologies in different big data context.