Free and safe in Cyberspace
9th edition

Q1 2022 & March 7th, 2022

Can a few democratic nations join together to create an open transnational governance body that will build and govern a new digital global public communication and social infrastructure – on top of the public internet, and in parallel with the dominant OSs, app stores and social media apps – that can meaningfully our constitutional communication and assembly rights, counter authoritarianism, and foster and enable structural global cooperation to solve global challenges? 

Key to realizing such an all-important public infrastructure – and key to the unique competitive advantage that will drive its adoption – will be ensuring both constitutionally-meaningful digital liberties and public safety by realizing they are not a trade-off zero-sum game, but a “both-or-neither” challenge for win-win solutions, that can be solved by uncompromising applying to both extreme time-tested democratic socio-technical safeguards and checks and balances.

Conference

Free and Safe in Cyberspace is a conference series organized by the Trustless Computing Association to promote its mission to radically increase the security, privacy, and democratic control of human communications, social networking, and AI, for all.

Since 2015, it has brought by together 120 World-class past speakers from academics, governmental officials, privacy activists, and security agencies, and dozens of partners, to solve the Four Challenges for Freedom and Safety in Cyberspace, via new IT security paradigms and international governance and certification institutions. 8 Editions of the series were held, once in New York, Iguazu, Berlin, Zurich, and twice in Brussels and Geneva.

As the outcome of 6 years of work, last June 2021, during the 8th edition of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference in Geneva/online, we finalized the socio-technical paradigms and governance of the Trustless Computing Certification Body (“TCCB”) and Seevik Net, and together with World-class speakers, including top IT security experts, EU officials, the former top cyber diplomats of USA and Netherlands, and executives of top EU banks.

Timeline & Program

Dec 1st, 2021 – Mar 3rd, 2022. CLOSE-DOORS PREPARATORY PHASE.
A series of weekly Zoom meetings, participated by TCA advisors, prospective technical and nation-state governance partners, and special guests. A series of in-person meetings, 1-to-1 and group, in various capitals. 

  • We will be in Bern, Switzerland, on December 1-3rd, for meetings with Swiss parliamentarians to discuss a parliamentary motion in support of TCCB (draft) and with C-level executives of the Swiss public company providing secure IT for Swiss defense.
  • Then in Washington DC December Jan 15-30th 2022 for meetings with prospective technical partners, US federal officials (and investors and clients of our spin-off) as part of our acceleration program at MACH37, the premier US cybersecurity accelerator. We are planning joint close-door (and hybrid?) meetings, close to the US State Department.
  • Then in Rome, Italy, Jan 5-15th and Feb 10-20th, 2022 for meetings with governmental officials. 
  • We will be in Bonn and Tel Aviv in early February 2022

Mar 4th- Mar 6th, 2022. PREPARATORY MARATHON.
A 3-days gathering in Rome, Italy in the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel (at special rates!) of work, brainstorming, bonding, and fun, held concurrently with the Trustless Computing Association – Annual Meeting, together with some TCA advisors, some of the over 120 previous speakers of the 8 editions of Free and Safe in Cyberspace, and special guests.

March 7th, 2022: PUBLIC FINAL PHASE.
It will be held 2-8 pm, hybrid in TBD EU City (evaluating Geneva, Bern, Rome, Brussels, Bonn, Berlin and Paris) and Zoom, followed by an aperitif and dinner. It will be public, video-streamed, and recorded. It will host keynotes, workshops and panels including TCA partners, TCA advisors, IT security experts, special guests, and current and former officials of prospective partner nation-states.  Joint remote attending in-person gathering, followed by aperitif maybe be organized in other cities.

 

 

Building a Democratic Transnational Digital Sphere

Through these events, we are catalyzing a critical mass of pioneering nations, citizens, firms and/or organizations to build Trustless Computing Certification Body (TCCB) and Seevik Net, he first transnational democratic human computing platform: a transnational, democratic, and public digital infrastructure, on top of which World citizens and businesses can freely associate, create, innovate, compete and thrive in the global public interest, that will fully affirm civil rights while ensuring “legitimate” lawful access. 

TCCB is a new Swiss-based ultra-resilient international democratic governance body that will certify IT systems for sensitive digital human communications that will radically exceed state-of-the-art in privacy, security, and democratic control, while concurrently ensuring international legitimate lawful access, and will govern the resulting digital public sphere: Seevik Net.

Key to ensuring both constitutionally-meaningful digital liberties and public safety is the realization that they are not a trade-off zero-sum game, but a “both-or-neither” challenge for win-win solutions, which can be solved by uncompromising applying to both extreme time-tested democratic socio-technical safeguards and checks and balances.

Objectives & Goals

  • Strengthen our support community, and core TCCB and Seevik Net founding documents:
    1. Improve our plans, widen consensus, and create a feeling of community and hope around shared aims, bonding, and open brainstorming. Workshops and panels will focus on both high-level and detailed improvements to the socio-technical paradigms and to the governance of Trustless Computing Certification Body and Seevik Net.  and joint revisions of:
      1. TCCB Statute (legal review, remote digital deliberation, constituent process, etc.)
      2. Trustless Computing Paradigms (all, including TCCB Cloud and TCCB Fab) and
      3. Seevik Net Statute (win-win and balance democratic and liberty values)
  • Onboarding of new TCCB partners:
    1. Onboard one or more nation-states governance partners acting as co-proponents towards other nations, and ideally onboard 2-3 of them. USA, Israel, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, EU and China are seen as the preferred partners initially, given their geopolitical weight in cyber affairs.
    2. Onboard additional members of the Scientific and Governance Boards.
    3. Onboard additional R&D, Technical or End-User Partners.

Why not regulations instead of the creation of transnational governance and digital public infrastructure?

The current regulations, standards, and concentration of digital media platforms are such that unaccountable entities, foreign and domestic, leverage them in unprecedented depth and scale to spy on citizens, manipulate public opinion, stifle dissent, and disrupt entire societies. 

Such national and international laws, and lack thereof, constitute our current political economy of media, which produces is a huge “informational and hacking asymmetry” between a handful of security agencies and tech tycoons and the rest of humanity. that has expanded insecurity and inequalities. It has made a mock of the liberty and democracy principles and is bringing democracy in the US and in the West to their brink, by actively fostering anti-democratic forces and the appeal of authoritarian forms of rule, at home and across the World.

Unfortunately, foreseeable operational constraints on the legislative in the US, for very slim majorities and ever stronger lobbying by BigTech – and in the EU, for its anti-democratic decision making based on the consensus of all nations – render proper regulation nearly impossible in the near or mid-term. This points to the possibility that a few pioneering nations may jointly create and democratically regulate a democratic transnational public infrastructure, taking inspiration from previous initiatives like the GSM standards in Europe or the creation of the German/French ARTE public media channel.

Traction and Momentum

While direct participation of nation-states in their governance is not required, as TCCB complies with current laws and derives its democratic accountability from its innovative governance model, still their participation is highly welcome, for the added democratic legitimacy and to help validate and improve its mechanisms to reconcile the need of civil liberties and public safety in cyberspace.

In recent years and months, we have been engaging at top current and former government officials at security agencies, foreign office and IT security standardization agencies of major allied countries, including USA, Germany, Israel, Italy, Switzerland and UK, for their interest to join as governance partners of the Trustless Computing Certification Body and/or participate as investors in its startup spinoff via their cyber-only state-funded venture capital firms. Glad to provide details after an email commitment of confidentiality.  The certification bodies for IT handling top secret information (German BSI equivalents) of Austria and Italy have been governance R&D partners since 2015-2016 EU funding proposals for TCCB. 
 
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.

Earlier in September, our association and its spinoff were formally selected among hundreds of applicants for the Fall 2021 program of the leading USA cybersecurity accelerator MACH37, a 20 minutes drive from the White House, and we are engaging several DC to think tanks and former top public officials. In October, we participated in an exclusive 30-ppl post-event dinner of the Tortoise Cyber Summit reserved in London where we met with former directors of MI6 and NCSC (defense arm of GCHQ), and top executives of cyber-only state-close UK VCs. In October, the Cyber Ambassador of Germany has stated her preliminary interest in asking relevant officials from the German Foreign Service, participate as observers of the public part of FSC9.