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German Research Institute for Public Administration

Digital security architectures

Safety authorities often move through the Internet in a legal grey zone. Their digital radius of action is not always sufficiently clear from a legal standpoint. Regulatory law, both general and specific, has by now had difficulty positioning digital search, monitoring and investigative measures within its norm structure. Thus far, there is a lack of clear structures for the digital regulatory law of the future - for example, for body cams, drones or new options in IT forensics.

In addition, the normative provisions for dealing with new technologies frequently are not congruent with the needs in practical application. A tense relationship has developed out of this: it is the task of normative analyses and legal political equilibrium to identify and resolve conflicting interests.

Security in the Internet means more than just legal security for authorities and citizens. It is also the task of the state to provide functioning, integral information and communications networks and to guarantee confidential individual communication - for example in digital identity management as a prerequisite for accessing e-government products. As a regulating authority setting the framework, the state also has responsibility for infrastructure as well. The key research topic of "digital security architecture" addresses questions of IT security from a regulatory and technical point of view and develops specific areas of application.

The following projects cluster around this core research topic:

 

Note: The text on this home page is copyrighted. It is taken verbatim or based on Martini, "Digitalisierung als Herausforderung und Chance für Staat und Verwaltung" (Digitalisation as Challenge and Chance for State and Administration), FÖV Discussion Paper No. 85, 2016, in particular p. 59 ff.

Programme Director

Prof. Dr. Mario Martini

Prof. Dr. Mario Martini

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Coordinator

PD Dr. Nadja Braun Binder

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