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, whose solution is key to bringing the democracy principle into the digital age.

Free and Safe
in Cyberspace Series

Conference Series

Since its first edition in 2015, the Free and Safe in Cyberspace Conference Series has been held in 7 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 Aims

We 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.

The Four Challenges for Freedom 
and Safety in Cyberspace

Challenge A

PERSONAL FREEDOM

How can we build IT systems for human communications and social networking, for both ordinary and high-risk citizens, that achieve levels of security, privacy and democratic control that can “radically” exceed state-of-the-art to meaningfully affirm Western democratic civil rights online?

Challenge B

PERSONAL FREEDOM +
PUBLIC SAFETY

How can we solve Challenge A while concurrently ensuring legitimate lawful access?
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?

Challenge C

MEANINGFULLY SECURE AI

How can IT systems with such levels of security be used to increase the safety, accountability, control and alignment of the most critical sub-systems of sensitive AI systems – from social media to critical infrastructures – all the way to future ever more powerful AIs?

Challenge D

A GOVERNANCE BODY
FOR A, B, & C

What socio-technical paradigms and governance model should guide an international democratic governance body that can be trusted to sustainably certify IT systems solve Challenge A and Challenge B and define a democratic digital public sphere?

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The 8th Edition will be a special edition as it’ll be held as a hybrid format online and in-person in Geneva, and because it will host exclusively workshops to detail a solution to Challenge D through the consolidation of the discussions and writings produced by previous editions, including the 2018 Position Paper on a Trustless Computing Certification Body. 

During this 8th Edition, and the previous and the following 2 weeks selected speakers to previous editions, association advisors and partners – and other IT security and international governance experts – will gather to discuss, define and finalize in detail the governance model, the socio-technical paradigms and the statute of a new international democratic standards-setting and certification body called Trustless Computing Certification Body.

 

Speakers OF PREVIOUS EDITIONS

Governmental

  • Pierre Chastanet, Head of Unit Cloud & Software at the European Commission
  • Peter Ide-Kostic, Senior Policy Analyst at the EU Parliament STOA Unit
  • Rogério Winter, Liaison Officer of the Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer of the Brazilian Army

Non-Governmental

Past Editions

On January 29th 2020, the 7th Edition was held in ZurichA 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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. 

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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.

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organizer

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.

PARTNERS OF THE ORGANIZER