Free and Safe in Cyberspace aims to catalyse a constructive dialogue and a wide informed consensus on new international standards and certification governance bodies for ultra-high assurance end-2-end IT systems – for communications, constitutional lawful access and autonomous systems – to deliver access to unprecedented and constitutionally– meaningful* e-privacy and e-security to all, while increasing public safety and cyber-investigation capabilities.

Conceived by the Open Media Cluster and the Trustless Computing Consortium, lead by Rufo Guerreschi, and co-organized by the EU EIT Digital Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line, lead by Jovan Golic.

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Moderators

David-Meyer

David Meyer

Berlin-based senior technology writer at Fortune.

David Meyer

Specialising in connected rights, privacy, policy, communications. Previously at Gigaom and POLITICO Europe. Has written for ZDNet, BBC, the Guardian.
Jennifer-Baker

Jennifer Baker

Brussels-based Europe Correspondent at Arstecnica.com, leading IT security portal.

Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker has been a journalist in print, radio and television for nearly 20 years, the last seven specialising in EU policy and legislation in the tech sector.

Featured Speakers

Bart Preneel

Bart Preneel

Leading EU cryptographer and IT security and privacy expert.

Bart Preneel

Leading EU cryptographer and IT security and privacy expert. Director of KU Leuven COSIC group, organizers of the leading EU crypto conference Eurocrypt. Former President (2008-2014) of the International Association for Cryptologic Research.  Consultant to NIST on governance reform. Project manager of the Network of Excellence ECRYPT II ECRYPT-NET (2015-2019) and ECRYPT CSA (2015-2017).
Jan-Philipp-Albrecht

Jan Albrecht

Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the EU Parliament

Jan Philipp Albrecht

Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee). A Franco-German politician from the Alliance ’90/The Greens, he is specialized in the field of civil rights, data protection and democracy.

Reinhard Posch

Chief Technology Officer (CIO) of the Federal Republic of Austria.

Reinhard Posch

(Phd) Chief Technology Officer (CIO) of Austria. Since 2001, he is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Government of Austria responsible for strategic coordination of activities in the field of ICT including all levels of government. Since 2003, he is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung Secure Information and Communication Technologies (SIC) in Graz. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA);
Renaud-Sirdey

Renaud Sirdey

Research Director at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA).

Renaud Sirdey

Research director at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, the French DoE. Since 2010, he has been working on the development of a practical technology for computing over encrypted data grounded in homomorphic cryptography. Coordinating EIT Digital project HC@WORKS, a use case-driven project which aims at demonstrating the practical value of homomorphic cryptocomputing in a 1st round of real-world settings.
Koen-Maris

Koen Maris

Chief Technology Officer at ATOS.

Koen Maris

Chief Technology Officer at ATOS. A Security Expert with a unique combination of conceptual and technical competences. Previously Chief Security Officer at Telecom Luxembourg. ATOS is one of the top 5 EU IT security companies with 9bn€ revenue in 2015. He has 18 years of experience in the IT domain and for customers in various business sectors.
Cathrin-Bauer-Bulst

Cathrin Bauer-Bulst*

Unit Leader - Fight against organised Cybercrime of the EU Commission - DG Migration and Home Affairs

Cathrin Bauer-Bulst*

Leader of Unit D2 – Fight against organised Cybercrime of the European Commission Directorate General Migration and Home Affairs. The unit works closely with the EUROPOL to implement the EU Cybersecurity Strategy.

Marit Hansen

Data Protection Supervisor of the State of Schleswig-Holstein of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Marit Hansen

Data Protection Supervisor of the State of Schleswig-Holstein of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, Marit Hansen, is head of ULD. ULD is responsible for both freedom of information as well as data protection at private and public sector entities seated in Schleswig-Holstein.
Jaap-Henk-Hoepman

Jaap-Henk Hoepman

Associate professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Jaap-Henk Hoepman

Associate professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Director of the Privacy & Identity Lab. Member of the Digital Security group. Author of “The Second Crypto War Is Not about Crypto” and “Revocable Privacy: Principles, Use Cases, and Technologies

Max Schrems

Austrian privacy activist.

Max Schrems

Austrian privacy activist. He initiated a lawsuit questioning the complaince of the Safe Harbor agreement between EU and US, which lead to its invalidation by the Court of Justice of the European Union. He leads proposals for sector-specific alternatives he proposed Privacy Shield recently agreed by EU and US.
Jovan-Golic

Jovan Golic

Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital.

Jovan Golic

Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital. Renowned cryptanalyst and cryptographer. EIT Digital manages, through Innovation and Education action lines, about 80M€ yearly of EU funds for close-to-market IT innovation, research and education co-funding. Full CV (pdf)
Rufo-Guerreschi

Rufo Guerreschi

Exec. Dir. of the non-profit Open Media Cluster, which promotes the Trustless Computing Initiative and the Trustless Computing Certification Campaign.

Rufo Guerreschi

Exec. Dir. of the non-profit Open Media Cluster, which promotes the Trustless Computing Initiative and the Trustless Computing Certification Campaign. Life-long activist for international democratization within and through IT.
Stuart-Armstrong

Stuart Armstrong*

Senior Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute.

Stuart Armstrong*

Senior Fellow at the Future of Humanity Institute. He is the leading senior researcher at FHI, under the guidance of Director Nick Bostrom, who is arguably the most influential thinker on longer-term prospects of Artificial Intelligence.
Roberto-Baldoni

Roberto Baldoni

Director of the Center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security, University La Sapienza.

Roberto Baldoni

Director of the Center for Cyber Intelligence and Information Security, University La Sapienza. Author of the White Book on Cybersecurity (pdf), with the support of the Security Intelligence Department (“Dipartimento Informazioni per la Sicurezza”) of the Italian Prime Minister’s Office.
Raoul-Chiesa

Raoul Chiesa

President of Security Brokers. World-renowned endpoint hacking expert.

Raoul Chiesa

President of Security Brokers. A widely recognized IT cracker, hacker and IT security expert. Formerly consultant and advisor to ENISA, Nato, Italian MoD, UNICRI.

Romano Stasi

Director of ABI Lab, the Research Institute of the Italian Banks Association.

Romano Stasi

Romano Stasi has been Managing Director of ABI Lab since 2003. He has lead joint research project and awareness campiagn in the field of banking innovation, with an enphasis on security. Previously at CapGemini and Accenture.

Achim Klabunde

Head of Sector IT Policy at European Data Protection Supervisor

Achim Klabunde

Head of Sector IT Policy at European Data Protection Supervisor. Formerly EU Commission Team Leader of Privacy and Trust in Electronic Communications.

Diego Naranjo

Diego joined is Advocacy Manager since 2014 at EDRi, EU largest digital civil rights advocacy NGO

Diego Naranjo

Diego joined is Advocacy Manager since 2014 at EDRi, EU largest digital civil rights advocacy NGO. Previously held advocacy roles at International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and the Free Software Foundation Europe.

Paul Nemitz

Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship in the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers

Paul Nemitz

Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship in the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers. He has held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in other Directorates-General.

Roman Yampolskiy

Leading academic and author on the risks and opportiunities of mid-long term AI developments.

Roman Yampolskiy

Leading academic and author on the risks and opportiunities of mid-long term AI developments. Author of “Artificial Superintelligence”. Focused on AI Containment (isolation). Active in popular media channels. (cecs.louisville.edu/ry
David Martin Ruiz

David Martin Ruiz

Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation.

David Martin Ruiz

David Martin Ruiz is a Senior Legal Officer at BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation. BEUC represents 41 independent national consumer associations from 31 European countries. David is part of BEUC’s Digital Team, where he focuses on privacy, data protection, copyright and competition.
Ulrich Seldeslachts

Ulrich Seldeslachts

Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO of LSEC, a not for profit industry association focused on Information Security in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany.

Ulrich Seldeslachts

Ulrich Seldeslachts, CEO of LSEC, a not for profit industry association focused on Information Security in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. LSEC is a European Cyber Security Cluster, bringing together over 235 Core Members, e.g. providers, technology developers, integrators, advisory and research groups.
Erik Duyck

Erik Duyck

An Electronics Engineer, with a specialization in ICT and he also holds an MBA.

Erik Duyck

Erik Duyck is an Electronics Engineer, with a specialization in ICT and he also holds an MBA. He joined EIT Digital, to leverage his 15 years of Corporate Experience, followed by 5 years of Start-up Experience. Specializations are Sales, Business Development & HR in Sectors like Automotive, Precision Instruments, Energy & Consumer Goods. Fluent in German, French, Dutch & English. Erik believes that the team is key & that the Sales Function should be perfectly embedded in the company’s daily language!

[*to be confirmed]

Past Editions

– On Sept 24-25th 2015, the 1st EU Edition 2015 was held in Brussels, with the support of great sponsors. It attracted amazing speakers, including the best IT security experts of Europe and US – including Bruce Schneier, Bart Preneel, Richard Stallman – and the most relevant EU defense, IT security and R&D institutions – such as the Head of Information Superiority of the European Defence Agency, the Deputy European Data Protection Supervisor, Deputy Head of Security & Trust of EU DG Connect, Exec. Dir. of ECSEL-JU, Senior Executive of the Future of Humanity Institute – as you can see from the report and the program with videos.
– On Oct 16th 2015, a smaller 1/2-day Latin American Edition was then held in Iguazu, Brazil, with distinguished guests.
– On July 21st 2016, a 1st US Edition 2016 was held in New York with amazing confrimed speakers, including Joe Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy, and Max Schrems, the Austrian privacy activist behind the overhaul of Safe Harbor Agreement.

Intro

Recent evidence suggests that nearly all IT devices and services are remotely, undetectably and scalably hackable by several actors, through state-sanctioned or state-mandated backdoors.

As a consequence, EU and US IT companies are struggling to seek ways to offer the levels of trustworthiness that both customers and constitutions require, by differentiating themselves sustainably on the basis of provable and meanigfully-higher levels of trustworthiness.

We are told daily by nearly all privacy experts and government officials that we must to choose between meaningful personal privacy and enabling lawfully authorized cyber-investigationsBut both are essential to democracy and freedom. What if it was not a choice of “either or”, a zero-sum game, but instead primarily a “both or neither” challenge, yet to be proven unfeasible?

(This anonymous graffiti NYC poses the question citizens are being posed but find impossible to answer …)

   Are key assets and capabilities of nations’ law enforcement, defense and intelligence themselves highly vulnerable to attackers – foreign, domestic and internal – due to the lack of sufficiently comprehensive, translucent and accountable socio-technical standards, such as in IT facility access, device fabrication or assembly? How vulnerable are AI-driven autonomous IT systems, moveable and not, to attacks via their critical socio-technical low-level subsystems? 

Can the paradigm “Trust but verify” still be a sufficient when the bribery, threatening or identity theft of a single person (rarely 2), in key role in the lifecyle of a single critical component or process, can enable concurrent compromisation of every instance of a given critical IT system, including communication, state surveillance, or autonoumous moveable devices?  Should the paradigm rather be “Trust or verify”, by deepening and extending oversight all the way to CPU designs and fabrication oversight? But how can that be made economical for wide spread adoption and compatible with feature and performance needs?

For more details on the context, see and contribute to our Challenges Backgrounder.

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