Free and safe in Cyberspace
8th edition

June 24-25th, 2021

In Cyberspace, we can’t really choose between freedom and public safety. It is a “both or neither” challenge, whose solution is key to bringing the democracy principle into the Digital Age.

New international standards and certifications are needed to foster the wide availability and adoption of IT for human communication that finally upgrades democracy to the Digital Age by finally realizing a global democratic digital public sphere that maximizes online all our democratic values, such as civil rights, freedom of assembly, law enforcement and national security, through innovative win-win solutions.

Next June 24th, the Trustless Computing Association will gather top experts to improve and finalize the governance and the binding socio-technical principles of a new international democratic governance and IT certification body that can sustainably promote cyber peace, global democratic governance and economic development.

From a Digital Wild West to Digital Democracy

The insecurity and lack of democratic accountability of the IT systems that are currently available for communications and social engagement – to both ordinary citizens and politically-exposed individuals – have already erased our civil rights and have become the greatest threat to democracy, as last January 6th event in the US Capitol have shown.

No IT standards and certifications exist today that can ensure the required levels of security and democratic control of such IT systems, while enabling legitimate lawful access to prevent grave crimes. Single nations cannot solve a global problem, and no international initiatives exist that even try to truly tackle the issue in its many facets. Until now.

Following on the work of 7 previous editions, since 2015, on June 24th, the 8th Edition of Free and Safe in Cyberspace will gather leading IT security experts and global democratic governance experts in workshops to finalize the creation of a new international democratic governance body, that will be  suitable to manage new voluntary standards and certifications for interoperable hardware and software IT systems for human communications that can shape a democratic global digital public sphere, which will be running over ordinary Internet infrastructure and standards, along-side the apps and devices our societies have grown dependent on.

Such body will enact socio-technical safeguards, checks and balances, and win-win solutions that will sustainably maximize the affirmation of in cyberspace key western constitutional values, including the affirmation of unprecedented levels of digital personal privacy while ensuring legitimate lawful access; including the affirmation of unprecedented levels of freedom of speech and assembly, while enabling and buttressing a free market of ideas and facts. The certified IT systems compliant in its use to western national legislations and the highest private-market security standards.

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The Trustless Computing Association is happy to announce that the 8th Edition will be held next June 24th 2021 in a hybrid format online and in-person in GenevaIt will be a special edition that will host exclusively workshops to detail a solution to Challenge D of the Four Challenges for Freedom and Safety in Cyberspace through the consolidation of the discussions and writings produced by previous editions, including the 2018 Position Paper on a Trustless Computing Certification Body.

During the 8th Edition, and the previous and following 2 weeks, we’ll gather selected speakers to previous editions, Trustless Computing Association board advisors, and other IT security and international governance experts, to discuss and define in detail the governance model and statute, and the socio-technical paradigms of a new international democratic standards-setting and certification body, named Trustless Computing Certification Body.

Such governance, paradigms and statute will need to be solid, detailed and resilient enough to sustainably solve Challenges A, B and C, and ultimately bring a sane, competent and democratic governance to our most critical digital human communications systems.

Limited Seats are Available

JUNE 24TH, 2021

On DAY 1, from 4-7 pm, on Zoom, top IT security and global governance experts will discuss improvement to the socio-technical paradigms and governance of the TCCB. At 19.30 an in-person outdoor Covid-aware aperitif will be held in Geneva and Zurich.

-Nicholas Niggli, Deputy Secretary General at Republic and State of Geneva, Switzerland
-TBD

-Jovan Golic – World-renowned cryptographer, and cofounder of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace series.

An introduction of the need, aims and key socio-technical and governance characteristics of TCCB.
-Rufo Guerreschi,
 Exec. Dir. Trustless Computing Association

“High-assurance” is a technical term for the state-of-the-art security for IT. Which binding socio-technical paradigms of TCCB, the Trustless Computing Paradigms, will guarantee both substantially or radically exceed state-of-the-art in personal privacy and security, while also solidly ensuring in-person offline and timely international *legitimate* lawful access. 

Introduction: the Trustless Computing Paradigms
-TBD

Devils’ Advocate: The challenges to achieving ultra-high levels of assurance for the privacy and security of digital communications human, and for certifying such levels.
TBD

Workshop: A workshop on achieving ultra-high security for digital human communications

  • Jawad Haj-Yahya, Senior Researcher at ETH Zurich
  • Gerhard Knecht, Former Chief Information Security Officer at UNISYS
  • Jon Shamah,  Member of Exec. Committee of the Trustless Computing Association

What socio-technical principles and governance model of TCCB will guarantees both substantially unprecedented personal privacy and security, while solidly ensuring in-person offline and timely international “legitimate lawful access. 

Introduction: TCCB requirements for server/network-side security and hosting legitimate lawful access: TCCB Cloud.
Nick Kelly, Exec. Committee of Trustless Computing Association

Status Quo Advocate: Are there unsurmountable challenges to sufficiently mitigating the risk of abuse of such front-door access mechanism?!
-TBD

Workshop: how do we further mitigate the risks on both sides?

  • Troels Oerting. Former Head of the Cybersecurity Center at the World Economic Forum, and Head of cybercrime at Europol
  • Koen Maris, Head of Cybersecurity at PwC Switzerland
  • Nick Kelly, Exec. Committee of Trustless Computing Association
  • Mika Lauhde, Vice-President Cybersecurity & Privacy, Global Public Affairs at HUAWEI technologies
  • Paolo Lezzi, CEO of InTheCyber 

Ultimately, 100% of the trustworthiness of TCCB relies on the quality of its governance, in terms of  short and long-term competency, democratic accountability, altruism, and resilience against huge state and non-state pressures. The challenge of approximating global democratic informed governance via remote IT interactions. What safeguards and check and balances? Which constituent process? 

Introduction: TCCB governance model and statute
TBD

Challenges: The challenges of democratic efficiency in digital global governance
*Robert Fishkin, Deliberative Polling project 

Workshop: A workshop on democratic efficiency in digital global governance 
Participants:
-Daniele Archibugi, Global governance professor and expert 
-Camila Lopez Badra, Executive Director, Democracia Global
-Nick Kelly, Exec. Committee of Trustless Computing Association
Michael O’Sullivan, formerly professor  Oxford and Princeton, and Chief Investment Officer at Credit Suisse

The the Trustless Computing Certification Body will certify IT systems aimed to radically exceed the state-of-the-art of privacy and security of communications and transactions for law-abiding private organizations and persons that are most targeted for political or profit motives. How convincing is TCCB governance, paradigms and lawful access mechanisms in being relied upon by such users for their most sensitive, intimate and precious data? How can such confidence be increased? 

Panel Participants:

  • Dimitrios Tzimas, Head of Cyber Security Architecture at UBS Group.
  • Romano Stasi, Managing Director of the Innovation Lab of the Italian Banking Association. Also, COO of CERTFin of ABI and the Italian Central Bank.
  • Reinhold Wochner, former Group CSO of Erste Group Bank, and former Group CISO at Raiffeisen Bank International.
  • Boris Taratine, former Chief Cybersecurity Architect at Lloyds Banking Group. Previously Principal Security Architect at VISA.

Moderator: Diana Diels, President of Luxembourg for Family Office

-Nick Kelly, Trustless Computing Association
-TBD

In-person, outdoor and Covid-aware aperitifs will be held in Geneva and Zurich among speakers, and attendees. Locations TBD.

JUNE 25TH, 2021

On DAY 2, from 4-7 pm on Zoom, current and former nation-state officials will discuss the possibility that leading nation-states support the creation of a new Intl’ democratic body that certifies IT which ensures both the utmost security and legitimate lawful access. (Here is a 2-pager case for nations.) 

Can a new international IT security certification body and treaty for digital human communications help to protect peace and democracy world-wide, and increase Swiss neutrality and sovereignty?

-Nicholas Niggli, 
Deputy Secretary General at Republic and State of Geneva, Switzerland
-TBD

An introduction to the socio-technical paradigms and governance of the Trustless Computing Certification Body

-Rufo Guerreschi, Exec. Dir. Trustless Computing Association
Jon Shamah,  Member of Exec. Committee of the Trustless Computing Association

Are personal freedoms and public safety in Cyberspace necessities  that can be meaningfully affirmed and defended by striking a balance, a trade-off in a zero-sum game?
Can we define win-win solutions for the most critical IT systems in the form of new certifications or policies that – that can maximize both necessities, creating positive feedback loops among them, just as we did in the pre-digital era? Can new IT security certifications radically increase the state-of-the-art of user security and privacy, AND also increasing the ability of legitimate lawful access? 

Panelists:

  • Christopher Painter, former top US cyber diplomat. From 2019-2011 Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the National Security Council.
  • Timo Koster, former Ambassador for Cyber and Security Policy of Netherlands.
  • Eileen Donahoe, Executive Director Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University, former US Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council

Moderator:
Christian D’Cunha, digital privacy expert at European Commission and former Head of Private Office of EDPS

How can a new intl’ IT security certification body for human communications substantially advance both personal freedom and public safety? Which socio-technical principles and governance?

Panelists:
-Christian D’Cunha, digital privacy expert at European Commission and former Head of Private Office of EDPS
Troels Oerting. Former Head of the Cybersecurity Center at the World Economic Forum, and Head of cybercrime at Europol.
Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser on Justice Policy, EU Commission; Member of German Data Ethics Commission

Moderator:
-Rufo Guerreschi, Exec. Dir. Trustless Computing Association

Can much more secure and forensic-friendly IT security standards improve cyber attribution and therefore a chance for enforceable cyber peace treaties?

Panelists:
-Christopher Painter, former top US cyber diplomat. From 2019-2011 Coordinator for Cyber Issues at the National Security Council. 
-Rufo Guerreschi, Exec. Dir. Trustless Computing Association
Paul Nemitz, Principal Adviser on Justice Policy, EU Commission; Member of German Data Ethics Commission

Limited Seats are Available

SPEAKERS

Former top US Cyber Diplomat. Currently, President of The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise Foundation. Formerly, he 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)

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. Professor of Innovation, Governance and Public Policy at the University of London, Birkbeck College, School of Business, Economics and Informatics. Adviser to the European Union, Council of Europe, OECD, several UN agencies. Research Director at the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Rome. Author of numerous books on global governance and UN reform.

 

Eileen is Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University (GDPI). Formerly Director of Global Affairs for Human Rights Watch. Before that she served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, in Geneva, under Obama. She is also a former affiliate of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. Hold Maters’ in ethics and law from Harvard and Stanford.

Troels is an experienced cyber-security and privacy professional with more than 40 years experience and still a great appetite for making the Internet more secure tomorrow than today. Chairman Of The Board Of Directors Global Cyber Alliance (GCA). 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. Board member in several leading cybersecurity. Formerly Head of EUROPOL European Cybercrime Centre (EC3).

 

Dimitrios is 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, DevSec, vulnerability management, attack monitoring, threat intelligence, configuration and change management. He is a IT security professional with over 20 years of experience as IT security architect in the most demanding financial institutions.

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. Prior he was Director for Defence Policy and Capabilities at NATO. He is affiliated to the Atlantic Council in Washington DC as a non-
resident Ambassadorial Fellow.

Formerly Head of Private Office at European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) under Buttarelli, he curated his posthumous 2030 Manifesto. He is part of the team drafting the Data Act Proposal for the European Commission atCybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit at the European Commission.  Christian is a cybersecurity expert with extensive experience working in European Institutions on cybersecurity, privacy, competition law, digital technology, ethics and democracy.

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. Member of ENISA(European Network and Information Security Agency). Member of EU Commission NIS(Network and Information Security) platform and EU Commission security advisory board(reporting to Commissar Redding). Founding and Board Member of Trust in Digital Life. 

Jovan is a World-renowned cryptographer. Senior Technical Leader, Security Lab at Telecom Italia, and former Action Line Leader for Privacy, Security & Trust for EU EIT ICT labs. Action Line of one of 6 action lines of the 3BN€ EIT Digital, that brings leading close-to-market innovations to market through 8 specialized territorial nodes throughout the EU.

Paolo is an expert in intelligence-grade cybersecurity. Founder at CEO of InTheCyber. Recently led the acquisition of Hacking Team (identified by the New York Times as one of two original makers of malware used to hack the richest person in the world. He is the organizer of italy’s leading conference on Cyberwarfare, Conferenza Nationale Sulla Cyber Warfare. and Executive Vice President of European Center for Advanced Cybersecurity, EUCACS.

 

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. She executes this mission by research, managing political projects, and generating spaces for dialogues between different social and political actors in order to contribute to a reinforcement of democratic values. 

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.

Gerhard was from 2007 to 2019  Chief Information Security Officer and Global Head of Information Security Services at UNYSIS, an household name among global IT consultancies, with 20,000 staff globally and $3bn revenue. Gerhard was the driver of UNISYS positioning as a provider of IT security solutions and services around the zero trust approach.

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.

Nicholas is the Deputy Secretary General at Republic and State of Geneva, Switzerland.  As a senior negotiator, chairperson, mediator, senior lecturer, director general and deputy secretary general, has developed expertise in international trade, multilateral governance, economic, science and digital diplomacy, institutional investment. Previously Head of the Economic, Finance, Science & Innovation Section at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.

 

Adam is the CISO at MiCT and also Senior Thinker & Doer at Dyne.org Foundation. He is the Co-founder and ex-director of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. In his years of experience, He has deployed security systems across South East Asia, military-grade encrypted mobile VoIP systems, emergency broadcast radio networks in Syria and Africa, and secure Enterprise WiFi. 

 

Romano is since 2003 the Managing Director of the Innovation Lab of the Italian Banking Association, where he leads all innovation and research to advance a competitive digital transformation of Italian banks. He is also Cheif Operations Officer at CERTFin, a joint venture of ABI and the Italian Central Bank to advance the cybersecurity posture of Italian financial institutions and their end-user clients.

Diana is the President of Luxembourg for Family Office, an association of family offices in Luxembourg. She is a serial IT entrepreneur in the area of financial services and worked for leading It security companies.

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. He is the author of ‘The Levelling’, which outlines what’s next in politics, economics, finance and geopolitics in the post-globalization era. He advises to a number of asset managers and family offices. A Forbes contributor, and a speaker at 2020 TED Talk conference. 

Nick is an Australian cybersecurity expert, consultant and publisher. Currently a senior consultant at AIZOON, an EU cyber services and product entity firm building capacities and resilience in the military, private sector. He is the founder and host of a cybersecurity podcast, Secure In Mind, where he talks 360° with global leaders about global cyber policy, policing and governance. He is a Principal at Eaton Square a private equity firm investing in areas of deep tech and cybersecurity. He is an active member and panelist for the European Cyber Security Organisation.

For over 20 years, Rufo has been a researcher and entrepreneur in the area of leading-edge IT security and privacy, and an activist in the area of digital democracy and global governance. He is the founder and Executive Director of the Trustless Computing Association, organizer of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series, and coordinators of the Trustless Computing Certification Body initiative. He is also CEO of TRUSTLESS.AI, – the spinoff startup of the Trustless Computing Association – which is building the first open computing base, ecosystem and IT systems compliant to such new certifications. 

Limited Seats are Available

organizer

The Trustless Computing Association is a non-profit organization, based in Zurich, that has aggregated World-class partners and advisors to build open IT technologies, certifications and 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 association 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 Wallet and Seevik Net, an initial open computing base, ecosystem and IT device, compliant to such new certifications.

PARTNERS OF THE ORGANIZER