EU Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act – Compliance Countdown

The EU Digital Services Act (DSA) came into force on 17 February 2024, with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) applying to the specifically designated ‘gatekeepers’ from now onwards; both are quickly being exercised by regulators. A proactive two-pronged approach to enforcement activities has been apparent from the outset, in addition to standalone actions.  Organisations of […]

Responding to Cyberattacks: A European Approach

Cyberattacks and cyberthreats have become increasingly prominent in the news. Every month there is at least one major cyberattack featured in European mass media, while thousands go unnoticed and unreported. If cyber threats and cyberattacks are becoming an everyday reality, how can society respond, and who is responsible for that response?   The literature  As part […]

Shedding Light on Compensation Rights for Survivors of Human Trafficking

In a recent guest blog for techUK, Julia Muraszkiewicz, Head of Programme Against Exploitation and Violence at Trilateral Research, and Prof. Ryszard Piotrowicz from Aberystwyth University discuss the importance of ensuring effective access to compensation for survivors of human trafficking. The authors highlight a landmark ruling by the European Court of Human Rights and emphasize […]

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty

In a recent blog post titled “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty,” Dr David Wright, Dr Richa Kumar and Dr Evangelos Markatos explore the growing threat of foreign information manipulation and interference (FIMI) in elections worldwide. The post discusses the various ways in which FIMI is disrupting democratic practices and the potential countermeasures that […]

Learning from European Commission’s Data Compliance Gap in the Use of Microsoft Services

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has recently shared in a press release the outcome of its investigation into the European Commission (EC)’s use of Microsoft 365 (MS 365). It identified several instances of non-compliance, particularly concerning international transfers of personal data. These findings extend beyond MS 365 procurement, potentially affecting any IT service provider […]

EU AI Act: A guide to the first artificial intelligence act

The EU AI Act has now been passed. Here’s an introductory guide to the Act, including what it is, what it means, and how your business can prepare.  This EU AI Act guide covers:  What is the EU AI Act?  When will the EU AI Act come into force?  What will the AI Act regulate?  […]

How Soft Robotics Draws Inspiration from Nature

The precision and power of robots has revolutionised science and industry, but recent advances into soft robotics are expanding the field in creative new directions. Taking inspiration from the movements of octopuses, insects and snakes, soft robots suggest a future in which adaptive, dextrous machines will enhance risky tasks from surgery to extraterrestrial exploration by […]

Trilateral Insights – March 2024

Insights | Crisis and Security Addressing gaps in current disaster risk management practices Despite initiatives to encourage citizen participation in creating a resilient society, awareness of risks and levels of disaster preparedness across Europe remain low. Additionally, there are gaps between the risk perceptions and actions of citizens, and between citizens and civil protection authorities. […]

EU Parliament passes AI Act

Over the last few months, European and multi-national organisations have been waiting for the outcome of the vote on the world’s first comprehensive piece of AI legislation. While an early version of the EU’s AI Act was largely agreed in 2022, recent innovations, including Generative AI like Chat-GPT, called the efficacy of some of the […]

The socio-economic impact of child exploitation in the UK


Criminal and sexual exploitation present a significant national threat to children. The numbers are greatly concerning, with more than 16,000 children being sexually exploited in England every year, and more than 27,000 at high risk of criminal exploitation by organised gangs. Latest government Children in Need (CiN) release reports Child Criminal Exploitation as a factor […]