Debunking the Zero-Sum Game

In cyberspace, we can't really choose between personal freedom and public safety. it is a both or neither challenge.

Free and Safe in Cyberspace

Since its first edition in 2015, the Free and Safe in Cyberspace Conference Series has been centered on exploring new approaches, technologies and certification models that can radically increase the state-of-the-art of security for sensitive human digital communications and transactions – and then for other critical AI, 5G, IoT, & e-government systems – while concurrently ensuring  legitimate lawful access to adequately mitigate risks for criminal abuse.

Can both be achieved concurrently by reconceptualizing cybersecurity as the by product of organizational  processes critically involved in the entire lifecycle of a given IT service, by eliminating all unverified trust in anything and anyone – all the way down to CPU design, chip fabrication oversight, and ultimately standards-setting and certification governance?

Structured around 4 FSC Challenges (see below) 7 editions were  held, twice in Brussels, once in New York, Iguazu, Berlin, Geneva & last in Zurich on January 29th 2020 (press releasewith World-class speakers – the Trustless Computing Association is happy to announce that the 8th will be held in January 2021, in Zurich.

A closed-door Pre-Conference was held on the same day of the 7th Edition in Zurich, reserved to entities actively interested to join as founding members of the main concrete initiative grown out of previous editions, the Trustless Computing Certification Body, which was adhered by Digital Switzerland, Swiss Ministry of Finance, Credit Suisse, Sberbank, Accenture, InfoGuard, ETH, SATW, Kryptus, ElectroSuisse, and others. A new edition is planned for January 2018.

Free and Safe in Cyberspace - 8th Edition

March 25th, 2021

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  • Michael Sieber, Head of Information Superiority at the European Defence Agency. (2012-2016)
  • Joseph Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy.
  • Reinhard Posch, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Republic of Austria. Formerly Chairman of the Board of ENISA.
  • Wojciech WiewiórowskiDeputy European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Achim Klabunde, Head of Sector IT Policy at European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Thomas J. Ackermann, Strategy & Rapid InnovationKdoCIR-German Federal Armed Forces
  • Andreas Wild, Former Executive Director at ECSEL JU.
  • Jan Philipp Albrecht, Former Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the EU Parliament
  • Marit Hansen, Data Protection Supervisor of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Bart Preneel, Former President at International Association for Cryptologic Research.
  • William R. Pace, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP).
  • Andreas Reisen, Head of IR security standardization programs at German Federal Ministry of the Interior.
  • Marcos Vinicius Mazoni, President – SERPRO.
  • Pierre Chastanet, Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission
  • Peter Ide-Kostic, Senior Policy Analyst at the EU Parliament STOA Unit
  • Renaud Sirdey, Director of Research at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, French Department of Energy
  • Jovan Golic, Former Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital
  • Michel Jaccard, Founder and CEO of Id Est Avocats
  • Jaap-Henk Hoepman, Professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of Radboud University Nijmegen.
  • Yvo Desmedt, World-renowned cryptographer, and pioneer of threshold cryptography.
  • Rogério Winter, Liaison Officer of the Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer of the Brazilian Army
  • Raoul Chiesa, President of Security Brokers. Formerly consultant and advisor to ENISA, Nato, Italian MoD, UNICRI.


Past Editions

On January 29th 2020, the 7th Edition was held in Zurich. A closed-doors Pre-Conference was also held the same day reserved to entities actively interested to join as founding members, adhered by Digital Switzerland, Swiss Ministry of Finance, Credit Suisse, Sberbank, Accenture, InfoGuard, Kryptus, In the Cyber, ETH, SATW, and others. New event are being planned for Q4 in Zurich and a new edition in January 2021 in Zug or Zurich.


On April 9-10th 2019, the 6th Edition was held in Geneva. The 2 day the conference revolved around the classic Free and Safe 4 Challenges, but emphasized the challenges and opportunities posed by IT confidentiality and integrity on the client-side, in particular in the sector of private banks. As usual, a roster of top local and international speaker honoured us of their presence.


On May 4th 2018, the 5th Edition 2018 was held in Berlin. High profiles joined, including Reinhard PoschChief Information Officer for Austria, Andreas Reisen, Head of Division “IT and Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructures and the Private Sector, Secure Information Technology” of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, and more.


On September 22nd-23rd 2016, the 4th Edition 2016 held in Brussels gathered experts, including the CIO of Austria, the Vice-Chair of the EU Parliament LIBE Committee, Paul Nemitz, Director of Fundamental Rights and Union citizenship in the DG Justice of the European Commission, and more. See the Programme, Videos and Slides


On July 21st, 2016, a 3rd Edition was  held in New York with amazing speakers, including Joe Cannataci, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, and  Max Schrems, the Austrian privacy activist behind the overhaul of Safe Harbor Agreement. See the report


On Oct 16th, 2015, the 2nd Edition was held during the largest South American free software conference in Iguaçu, Brazil, and gathered distinguished minister of IT of Brazil, Marcos Mazoni, Rogerio Winter, a high-ranking official of the Brazilian Cyber Command, the CEO of the most advanced crypto company in Brazil, Kryptus, and more experts. 


On Sept 24-25th 2015, the 1st Edition 2018 was held in Brussels, with a high-level set of speakers, including recognized IT security experts such as Bruce Schneier and Bart Preneel, and from the IT security institutions, such as the Head of Information Superiority of the European Defence Agency, and more. See the report.


The 4 Challenges

The FSC event series is sharply focused on solving the following 4 Challenges, more or less in a sequence:

chalange A

Challenge A:​

How can we build and certify IT systems that are radically more secure than state-of-the-art?


Challenge B:​

If we can solve Challenge A, how can we concurrently solidly ensure legitimate lawful access?


Challenge C:​

Can ultra-high assurance IT and related certification governance models radically increase the security, privacy or safety of complex and critical IT, AI and cyber-physical systems, such as for example self-driving cars, robo-advisors, or even Facebook?


Challenge D:​

What governance models can best maximize the trustworthiness and resilience of an ultra-high assurance certifications body in critical IT and AI domains?


The Trustless Computing Association is a non-profit organization, based in Zurich, that has aggregated World-class partners & advisors to build open IT technologies,  certifications & ecosystems that can deliver levels of trustworthiness that are radically higher than state-of-the-art. Together with its spin-off startup TRUSTLESS.AI – based in Zurich – the associaiton has been building (1) Trustless Computing Certification Body, a new IT security standards-setting, certification body, aimed at radically-unprecedented levels of trustworthiness, while at once solidly enabling legit lawful access and (2) building the Seevik Pod and Net, an initial open computing base, ecosystem and IT device,  compliant to such new certifications.

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