Free and Safe in Cyberspace

Free and Safe in Cyberspace is an event series organised by the Trustless Computing Association to promote the creation of new IT solution and certifications that can deliver a radical improvement of the state-of-the-art in IT security in critical societal areas, starting from sensitive human communications, negotiations and transactions.

Since 2015, we have held 5 editions – twice in Brussels, and once in New York, Brazil and Berlin – gathering  top IT security experts, companies and governmental institutions. Next edition will be held in Geneva on April 10th 2019.

The event series has been having a clear focus: foster a constructive discourse and wide consensus on how we can (A) build new IT technologies and certification governance models that achieve levels of cybersecurity that are radically-higher than current state-of-the-art – as direly needed by citizens, business and our civilian and military public institutions.  And how we can do so (B) while avoiding to create an unacceptable obstruction to the legitimate digital investigation criminal suspects.

To find a solution, we’ve been challenging the status quo and predominant opinions on this matters, with its deeply ingrained misconceptions, also fueled by much outright wilful deceptions by some actors. We’d been questioning if personal freedom and public safety in the internet age are really and inevitably aneither-or” choice, a zero-sum game – as most experts, activists and security agencies believe.

We’ve been exploring in, instead, digital civil freedom and public safety are instead a solvable “both-or neither” challenge, whereby the uncompromising zero-trust technical and governance safeguards and paradigms that are needed to radically improve personal freedoms are the same that can make lawful access sufficiently resilient from abuse, and make our public security agencies most effective and accountable.


Bruce Schneier

Board member at Electronic Frontier Foundation, and EPIC. Fellow at Harvard Law School. CTO at Resilient Systems an IBM company. The world’s most-renowned IT security expert.

Bart Preneel

Director at COSIC TU Leuven. President at International Association for Cryptologic Research. Arguably EU’s most peer-recognized IT security expert and researcher.

Richard Stallman

President of the Free Software Foundation. Founder of the Free Software movement. Inventor of the Free/Open Source Software licenses.

Past Speakers


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