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The SAPIENT project is made up of 7 workpackages described following:

WP1 – Smart surveillance practices
This work package will define and characterize smart surveillance within technological, social, political, legal, and ethical contexts, bridging from current studies of state-of-the-art of surveillance to emerging technologies and related applications expected over the next decade.  The work will include literature review, discourse analysis, statistical studies, and other research approaches to culminate in a comprehensive “Smart Surveillance State-of-the-Art Report.”

WP2 – Engaging Stakeholders and civil society in the assessment of practices
The second work package will begin the process of active stakeholder engagement within SAPIENT, through convening 3 focus groups with participants representing various views and interests on:

The focus groups will provide comment upon the outcomes from WP1 as well as on scenarios developed in this Workpackage in an internal workshop.  Each of the scenarios explored will depict the legal, regulatory and ethical issues they raise and potential responses to their risks.  In addition to the scenarios themselves, this WP will result in a report on the focus groups and an analysis of the stakeholders views emerging from those groups.

WP3 -- Developing a PIA methodology for smart surveillance
The third WP will examine existing privacy impact methodologies and propose a methodology that is suitable for the assessment of state-of-the-art and emerging surveillance technologies and related applications.  A panel of experts will provide comment upon the proposed methodology, and information from this WP will be exchanged with the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.  The main outcomes from this WP are a Privacy Impact Assessment State-of-the-Art report, and a Draft Surveillance Privacy Impact Assessment Manual.

WP4 – Testing a PIA methodology for smart surveillance
The focus of WP4 is upon validation of the PIA methodology constructed in WP3 in three distinct field studies.  The specific focus of these cases will be determined by an evaluation completed in WP3, but may focus upon technologies such as RFID, biometrics, or smart CCTV.  A “lessons learned” evaluation will be completed at the conclusion of the case study test, and these will be used to revise the PIA methodology, resulting in the Surveillance Privacy Impact Assessment Manual.

WP5 -- Final conference and recommendations
At the conclusion of the project, a final conference will be held to present the main findings and recommendations which will be documented in detail in a Final Report of the project.

WP6 -- Policy meetings and Dissemination activities
Key findings and recommendations from the project will be presented at the final conference, but over the course of the project’s term, many other activities are planned to provide for a broad dissemination of the project’s work.  This includes policy meetings (4), as well as ongoing communication efforts (website, project brochure, press releases, publications of articles).  The policy meetings will address themes dealt with by the different workpackages, linking them to current policy discussions.  Policy briefs will be published after the policy meetings.  Partners involved in this WP will also actively develop contact lists of stakeholders who have interest in the work of SAPIENT, and developing contacts with consortia involved in related projects.

WP7 – Project co-ordination and administration
The final WP provides the structure for the overall effective execution of the SAPIENT project, including the work related to timely completion of all tasks and deliverables, liaison with the European Commission and financial administration of the project.