DEBUNKING THE ZERO-SUM GAME
“We cannot strike a balance between personal freedom and public safety in Cyberspace, as in a “zero-sum game. It’s a “both or neither” challenge whose solution is paramount to protecting and enhancing human freedom, democracy and safety in the Digital and AI Age.” – Rufo Guerreschi
The Free and Safe in Cyberspace is a workshop and conference series conceived and organized by the Geneva-based Trustless Computing Association to promote its mission to radically increase the security, privacy, and democratic control of human communications, social networking, and AI, while retaining or increasing public safety.
Since 2015, 8 Editions have been held, once in New York, Iguazu, Berlin, Zurich, and twice in Brussels and Geneva. It has attract over 120 World-class speakers including academics, governmental officials, privacy activists, security agencies, and dozens of partners.
Every edition has been sharply focused on solving the “Four Challenges for Freedom and Safety in Cyberspace”, and progressively in deepening and widening a consensus around solutions to them in the form of new Trustless Computing Paradigms, the creation of a new Trustless Computing Certification Body, and the creation of initial TCCB-compliant mobile IT systems, called Seevik Net.
The next 9th Edition will be held in Geneva next March 14-15th. Following the 8th edition during which the TCCB was established, the 9th edition will bring together representative of states, intergovernmental organizations and NGOs interested to create a joint venture to build and govern such initiative.
The Four Challenges for Freedom
and Safety in Cyberspace
How can we build IT for human communication and social networking systems, for sensitive non-classified computing, that ensure levels of privacy, security and democratic control that radically exceed state-of-the-art?
PERSONAL FREEDOM +
If we can solve Challenge A, how can we do so while (1) increasing the certainty, rapidity and integrity of legitimate lawful access requests, national and international, via procedural “in-person” mechanisms and (2) sufficiently limit grave and large scale risks of abuse of such access by anyone?
MEANINGFULLY SECURE AI
How IT systems and sub-systems that satisfy Challenge A and/or B, contribute to increase the security, privacy, transparency, safety, accountability, control and alignment of the most critical sub-systems of society-critical IT and advanced AI systems, such as social media, conversational AIs and critical infrastructures?
A GOVERNANCE BODY
FOR A, B, & C
What socio-technical paradigms and governance models should guide an on multi-governmental democratic governance structure that can sustainably certify IT systems that solve Challenge A, B and C?
Since its first edition in 2015, the Free and Safe in Cyberspace Conference Series has been held in 8 editions, twice in Brussels, once in New York, Iguazu, Berlin, in Geneva & last in Zurich on January 2020, attracting the free participation of some of the World greatest experts.
The Four Challenges
The series has been strictly structured in workshops find a solution to the Four Challenges for Freedom and Safety in Cyberspace, detailed below, which we identified in 2015 to be key to enacting a secure and democratic society in the Digital Age.
Ultimate AimsWe aim to define and launch a new international democratic governance institution based in Switzerland whose socio-technical paradigms and governance can be trusted to sustainably certify interoperable IT systems that constitute the first global democratic digital public sphere, alongside existing Internet infrastructure, devices, and national legislations.
Speakers OF PREVIOUS EDITIONS
- Nicholas Niggli, Nicholas is the Deputy Secretary General at Republic and State of Geneva, Switzerland.
- Christopher Painter, was the first and Acting Cyber Coordinator and Senior Director for Cyber Policy at the US National Security Council under Obama (2009-2011). And then Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the US State Department (2011-2017)
- Troels Oerting, Formerly Head of Global Centre for Cybersecurity and Chairman of the Board of World Economic Forum Centre for Cybersecurity (C4C). Formerly Group Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Barclays Bank.
- Mika Lauhde, Mika is the Vice-President Cyber Security & Privacy, Global Public Affairs at HUAWEI technologies. Formerly Head of Security at NOKIA and Member of Finnish government ICT security advisory board. 2007 – 2010.
- Christian D’Cunha, Formerly Head of Private Office at European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) under Buttarelli. He is part of the team drafting the Data Act Proposal for the European Commission atCybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit at the European Commission.
- Paolo Lezzi, Founder & CEO of In The Cyber Group, cybersecurity group owning of Memento Labs (formerly Hacking Team). Chairman of the Cyber Warfare Conference.
- Timo Koster, Timo was a career diplomat at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for 30 years. Most recently he was Ambassador-at-large for Security Policy & Cyber of Netherland
- Giorgio Ghezzi, Giorgio is the Chief Operating Office of GISEV, a multi-family office for over 40 families, with 9 offices in 5 jurisdictions. He seats in the controlling board of Mediobanca, one of the largest Italian commercial banks.
- Gerhard Knecht, Former Chief Information Security Officer and Head of Information Security Services of UNISYS. Senior Advisor at TRUSTLESS.AI
- Daniele Archibugi, Daniele is a world-renowned expert in global governance and global constituent processes towards accountable global institutions. He taught at the universities of Sussex, Naples, Cambridge, Rome Sapienza, Rome LUISS, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Harvard.
- Fadrique Diana Maria de Vargas-Machuca, Fadrique is the Vice-President of the Association of Italian Family Officers (AIFO), and Director of the AIFO Master Academy. Previously at A.T Kearny consultancy, and Visiting Professor at ISPI – the leading Italian Studies Institute for International Affairs.
- Boris Taratine, Boris is Principal Architect at Farsight Security. Formerly Chief Cybersecurity Architect at Lloyds Banking Group. Previously Principal Security Architect at VISA. Magna-cum-laude PhD in Physics from Sant Peterburg University, Russian Federation.
- Rufo Guerreschi, Executive Director – Trustless Computing Association. CEO – TRUSTLESS.AI
- Romano Stasi, Managing Director – Innovation Lab of the Italian Banks Association.
- Koen Maris, CTO at ATOS. Former CSO at Telecom Luxembourg
- Nick Kelly, Board member of the CyAN network and is an Executive Advisor at the Trustless Computing Association
- Eileen Donahoe, Eileen is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University (GDPI). Formerly Director of Global Affairs for Human Rights Watch.
- Camila Lopez Badra, Camila is the Executive Director of Democracia Global. As Executive Director, she spearheads the mission of contributing effectively to the strengthening of global democracy at the National, Regional and International level.
- Reinhold Wochner, Experienced IT security top executive with over 18 years of experience ensuring safety and security of systems. Former Group CISO of Raiffeisen International Bank and also Former Group CSO of Erste Bank
- Michael O’Sullivan, Michael has twenty years experience in global financial markets, most recently as Chief Investment Officer at Credit Suisse, where he worked for twelve years. He has taught finance and economics at Oxford University and Princeton University.
- Jovan Golic, Former Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital
- Dimitrios Tzimas, Head of Cyber Security Architecture at UBS, where he leads a global team of Cyber Security Architects to deliver large scale solutions in Cyber Security, including Cloud Security
- Jawad Haj-Yahya, Jawad is a senior IT hardware security architect, professor, and researcher with 20 years of experience. Senior Researcher at ETH Zürich in IT hardware security. Hold Ph.D in Computer Science from Haifa University, Israel. Thirteen years as System and SoC Architect at INTEL Corporation. Professor and consultant.
Last June, during the 8th edition of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference in Geneva/online, we finalized the socio-technical principles and statute of the Trustless Computing Certification Body (“TCCB”) – together with World-class speakers, including top IT security experts, the former top cyber diplomats of USA and Netherlands, and executives of top EU banks.
On January 29th 2020, the 7th Edition was held 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.
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 enphasized 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 Posch, Chief 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 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.