Free and Safe in Cyberspace
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6th Edition
April 9-10th 2019, Geneva​

After 5 editions – twice in Brussels, once in New York, in Iguazu and in Berlin – the Trustless Computing Association is coming to Geneva with the 6th edition of its Free and Safe in Cyberspace event series. We’ll have day workshops in ITU Headquarters during the 2019 UN World Summit on the Information Society and evening receptions at the Fusion startup accelerator – the new home to the Association and its spin-off startup TRUSTLESS.AI.

As in past editions, we’ll gather leading experts and pioneering organizations to discuss how an open and balanced coalition of organizations can catalyze around new IT security paradigms and certification governance models to radically increase the trustworthiness of IT in the most critical societal use cases and domains. Initially focused on human communications and transactions of high-profile and ordinary citizens alike, it will extend to the most critical sub-systems of Artificial Intelligence, cyber-physical and public security systems.

Personal freedom and public safety are perceived by nearly all as an inevitable “either-or” choice”. We believe, instead, that they may well be instead a “both-or-neither” challenge, solvable primarily through time-tested socio-technical paradigms and certification governance models and existing battle-tested open technologies.

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A detailed proposal for a Trustless Computing Certification Body will be presented as a core outcome of 3 years of discussions by participants to previous editions.

Speakers

Marco Obiso – Head of ICT Applications and Cybersecurity Division at UN International Telecommunication Union.

Anthony Ferrante – Global Head of Cybersecurity & Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting.  Director for Cybersecurity Policy and Cyber-incident Response at the National Security Council, White House, USA. (2015-2017) Chief of Staff & Chief Advisor, Cyber Division, FBI (2012-2015).

Paul Nemitz – Director of Fundamental Rights and Citizenship at European Commission, Directorate-General for Justice. Member of the IEEE and MIT Media Lab Global Council on Extended Intelligence. Advisor of the Trustless Computing Association.

Jean-Marc Rickli – Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Lead at Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Co-Chair of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium.

Michel Jaccard – Founder and CEO of Id Est Avocats, specialized in data privacy and security, open source licenses. Mentor to Fusion accelerator (Advisor to Trustless Computing Association. Speaker at FSC1).

*Reinhard Posch – Chief Information Officer of the Federal Republic of Austria since 2001, and Head of Digital Austria. (advisor at Trustless Computing Association, speaker to FSC4 and FSC5).

*Mika Lauhde –  Global VP for CyberSecurity & Global Public Affairs at HUAWEI, Member of ENISA Permanent Stakeholder Group. (advisor to the Trustless Computing Association).

*Joe Cannataci – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy.

*To be confirmed

Agenda

AFTERNOON

LocationWSIS Main Hall at ITU Headquarters (Place de Nations, Geneva)
  • 12:45pm – Registration and light lunch offered
  • 01.05pm – Welcome by ITU Senior Executive
  • 01.15pm – Keynote: TBD
  • 01.30pm – Keynote: Case for a Trustless Computing Certification Body (Rufo Guerreschi)
  • 02.30am – Q&A
  • 02:40am – Panel on Challenge A: Ultra-high assurance IT
    What new paradigms, technologies and certification governance models can radically improve trustworthiness of the most sensitive IT and AI systems, as it is direly needed? Read more
    Moderator: TBD — Speakers: TBD
  • 03.20pm – Q&A
  • 03.30pm – Aperitif and networking
  • 03.50pm –Panel on Challenge B: Ultra-high assurance IT while enabling legitimate lawful access.
    If we can solve Challenge A, how can we concurrently ensure offline compliance legitimate lawful access needs and requests? Read more
    Moderator: TBD — Speakers: TBD
  • 04.10pm – Q&A
  • 04.20pm – Networking and Aperitif
  • 04.40pm – End

Access: open to all, 200+ capacity
Languages: English and translation in 4 UN official languages 

EVENING

Location: Main Hall at Fintech Fusion (50 Avenue de la Praille, Geneva)
  • 05:30pm – Registration and Aperitif
  • 05:50pm –Panel on the Economic Opportunities of Ultra-high Assurance IT
    How can a coalition of leading public and private organizations achieve and sustain a fundamental competitive advantage by leading in the creation and adoption of next-generation IT security technologies and certifications?
    Moderator: TBD — Speakers: TBD
  • 06:50pm – QA
  • 07:10pm – Aperitif and networking
  • 07:30pm –FIRE-SIDE CHAT ON AI & GLOBAL GOVERNANCE  
    Speakers: TBD
  • 08:10pm – QA
  • 08:20pm – Aperitif and networking
  • 09:30pm – End
Audience: invitation-only, 80 capacity (morning speakers and special guest)
Language: English

 

*”Ultra-high assurance“: In the IT security and military sectors the term “high assurance” refers to the IT systems, device and services with the highest level of trustworthiness. Given such levels have proven to be insufficient by a large margin – and that “perfect” or “true” security impossible – a new term is needed: “ultra-high assurance”.

MORNING

LocationWSIS Main Hall at ITU Headquarters (Place de Nations, Geneva)
  • 08:30pm – Registration and Coffee
  • 09:15am – Panel on Challenge C: Ultra-high Assurance IT Certifications and the Future of AI?
    How can ultra-high assurance IT certification governance models and bodies spur sustainable AI-driven economic development and foster long-term AI safety? Can their application to the most critical deterministic sub-systems of critical AIs contribute substantially to their AI safety? Read more
    Moderator: TBD — Speakers: TBD
  • 10:00am – QA
  • 10:20am – Coffee Break
  • 10:30am – Panel on Challenge D: What are the national policy or international treaty options for ultra-high assurance IT standards in critical societal domains?
    What constituent processes can ensure a timely, effective and democratically-efficient implementation – by a critical mass of actors – of meaningfully-enforceable national policies or international treaties for ultra-high assurance IT standards setting and certification processes?! Read more
    Moderator: TBD — Speakers: TBD
  • 11:20am – QA
  • 11:40am – Networking
  • 12:00am – Closing statements
  • 12:20am – End 
Access: open to all, 200+ capacity
Languages: English, translation 4 UN official languages

EVENING

Location: Open Space at Fintech Fusion (50 Avenue de la Praille, Geneva)
  • 05:30pm – Registration and Coffee
  • 05:50pm – Fireside Chat: AI & Global Governance  
    Are threats and opportunities of AI and cybersecurity as a unique opportunity for the globalization of democratic governance? Can the all-powerful threats of AI and cybersecurity provide the needed motivation to build adequate open federal transnational democratic institutions, as the nuclear threat nearly did in 1945?
    Moderator: TBD — Speakers: TBD
  • 06:30pm – QA
  • 07:00pm – Aperitif and networking
  • 07:20pm – Keynotes: Visions for positive future scenarios for Humanity, in the IT and AI age
    Speakers: TBD
  • 08:00pm – QA
  • 08:20pm – Aperitif and networking
  • 09:30pm – End
Audience: invitation-only, 80 capacity (morning speakers and special guest)
Language: English

Backgrounder

The World is rapidly turning into a Hacker Republic, where economic and political power increasingly accrues to those state and non-state actors with the most informational and hacking superiority in critical political, enterprise, financial and autonomous IT systems.

Though perfect IT and AI security and privacy will never exist, radical advances are possible and direly needed for the well-being and survival of humanity.

The main causes appear to be hyper-complexity and security models based on obscurity and unverified trust. But these were largely solved in the airline and nuclear safety sectors. The root cause is ultimately nations’ legitimate and increasing necessity to “break it all” to retain their investigation capabilities to stave off grave crimes by state and non-state actors. But in the process, democratic nations have even broken their own democratic processes and critical systems. 

Seems like there is now way out, because personal freedom and public safety are perceived by nearly all as an inevitable “either-or” choice.  

Though perfect IT and AI security and privacy will never exist, radical advances are possible and direly needed for the well-being and survival of humanity.

We have found that this may be a false dichotomy well be instead a “both-or-neither” challenge, solvable primarily through time-tested socio-technical paradigms and certification governance models and existing battle-tested open technologies. 

In search for a solution, we have 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 found that meaningful digital freedom, public security 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

Through the events, we’ve been fostering a constructive discourse and wide consensus on solving 2 main challenges. Challenge A: how we can build new IT technologies and certification governance models that achieve levels of cybersecurity that are radically-higher than current state-of-the-art. Challenge B: How we can do so while avoiding to create an unacceptable obstruction to the legitimate investigation of criminal suspects.

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Past Editions

On Sept 24-25th 2015, the 1st Edition 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 IT security institutions, such as the Head of Information Superiority of the European Defence Agency, and more. See the report and the program with videos.

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 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 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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