Free and safe in Cyberspace 9th edition
Q1 2022 & March 7th, 2022
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Global challenges of climate, nuclear and technological disruption continue to grow more urgent. Instead of bringing us together on fair and effective civil dialogues, within nations and among nations, the nature of dominant digital spheres of communication and social networking are fostering division.
Instead of fostering informed criticism and deliberative discussion, they are foster evidence-free accusations and exaggerated representations. This is pushing great powers and their citizens to be ever more fearful of each other’s intentions, and the citizens to be more divided, misinformed and manipulated than ever.
Can a few democratic nations join together to create an open transnational governance body to build and govern a new digital transnational public communication and social infrastructure for citizens’, civil society and diplomatic communications – running alongside of current Internet, and dominant OSs, app stores and social media apps – that can foster a fair, open and secure dialogue within nations – according to their national constitutions and laws – and across nations – in a fair and globally democratic way to foster 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 acknowledging that 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.
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.
- De 1-3rd. Bern, Switzerland, for meetings with Swiss parliamentarians to discuss a parliamentary motion in support of TCCB (live draft).
- Jan 10-15th, in Zurich, in Bern for meetings with Swiss elected officials, and Geneva for meeting with intl’ think tanks.
- Jan 15-30th Washington DC 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.
- Feb 10-20th 2022, Rome, for meetings with governmental officials.
- Feb 20-30th, 2022, in Bonn, Helsinki, and Tel Aviv for meetings with former and current gov officials.
Mar 4th- Mar 6th, 2022. PREPARATORY MARATHON.
A 3-days gathering in Rome, Italy in the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel (at 20% discounted rates) of work, brainstorming, bonding, and fun, held concurrently with the Trustless Computing Association – Annual Meeting, together with some TCA advisors, some of 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 Zoom and in a 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, depending on Covid situation
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:
- 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:
- Onboarding of new TCCB partners:
- 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.
- Onboard additional members of the Scientific and Governance Boards.
- 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.