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Free and Safe in Cyberspace is an event series organised by the Trustless Computing Association to promote the wide availability of radically more user-trustworthy IT in critical societal domain areas, starting from sensitive human communications and transactions, and leading up to critical AI and cyber-physical systems.

Since 2015, we have held 5 editions – twice in Brussels, and once in New YorkIguazu,  Berlin and next in Geneva in Spring 2019 – gathering top IT and AI security experts, companies and governmental institutions.

We’ve been fostering a constructive discourse and wide consensus on(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 and (Challenge B) how we can do so while avoiding to create an unacceptable obstruction to the legitimate investigation of criminal suspects.

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’d been questioning if personal freedom and public safety in the internet age are really and inevitably an “either-or” choice, a zero-sum game – as most experts, activists and security agencies believe.

We’ve been exploring , instead, meaningful digital freedoms 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.

WHAT

Free and Safe in Cyberspace is an event series that promotes the wide availability of  IT systems in critical societal domain areas that radically exceed the state-of the-art, starting from sensitive human communications and transactions, and then for to critical AI and cyber-physical systems.

Since 2015, we have held 5 editions – twice in Brussels, and once in New YorkIguazu,  Berlin and next in Geneva in Spring 2019 – gathering top IT and AI security experts, companies and governmental institutions.

We’ve been fostering a constructive discourse and wide consensus on(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 and (Challenge B) how we can do so while avoiding to create an unacceptable obstruction to the legitimate investigation of criminal suspects.

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’d been questioning if personal freedom and public safety in the internet age are really and inevitably an “either-or” choice, a zero-sum game – as most experts, activists and security agencies believe.

We’ve been exploring, instead, meaningful digital freedoms 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.

OLD PAST SPEAKERS

Bart Preneel – Director at COSIC TU Leuven. Former President at International Association for Cryptologic Research. Arguably EU’s most peer-recognized IT security expert and researcher.

Reinhard Posch – Chief Technology Officer (CIO) of the Federal Republic of Austria. Since 2001, he is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Government of Austria responsible for strategic coordination of activities in the field of ICT including all levels of government. From 2007 to 2011 he was Chairman of the Management Board of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

 Koen Maris – Chief Technology Officer at ATOS. A Security Expert with a unique combination of conceptual and technical competences. Previously Chief Security Officer at Telecom Luxembourg. ATOS is one of the top 5 EU IT security companies with 9bn€ revenue in 2015. He has 18 years of experience in the IT domain and for customers in various business sectors.

Jaap – Henk Hoepman – Associate professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Associate professor at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen. Director of the Privacy & Identity Lab. Member of the Digital Security group. Author of “The Second Crypto War Is Not about Crypto” and “Revocable Privacy: Principles, Use Cases, and Technologies.”

Rufo Guerreschi – Executive Director at Trustless Computing Association. Project Lead at the User Verified Social Telematics project and the Trustless Computing Initiative. Long-time activist for the promotion of democracy within and through the use of IT.

Achim Klabunde – Head of Sector IT Policy at European Data Protection Supervisor. Formerly EU Commission Team Leader of Privacy and Trust in Electronic Communications.

Roman Yampolskiy – World-renowned AI superintelligence safety expert and professor. Author of Artificial Superintelligence. Focused on AI Containment (isolation). Active in popular media channels.

Erik Duyck – An Electronics Engineer, with a specialization in ICT and he also holds an MBA. 

Jennifer Baker – Brussels-based Europe correspondent at Arstecnica.com, leading IT security portal. Jennifer Baker has been a journalist in print, radio and television for nearly 20 years, the last seven specialising in EU policy and legislation in the tech sector.

Joseph Cannataci – UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy. Head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences of the University of Malta. Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law within the Faculty of Law at the University of Groningen.

Simone Halink – Co-chair of An Internet Safe and Secure Working Group of the Freedom Online Coalition. FOC is a group of 29 nations “committed to work together to support Internet freedom and protect fundamental human rights – free expression, association, assembly, and privacy online – worldwide“.

Daniel Castro – Vice President Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Co-author of the recent report on policies Unlocking Encryption:Information Security and the Rule of Law.

Yvo Desmedt – World-renowned cryptographer, and pioneer of threshold cryptography. Fellow of the IACR. Jonsson Distinguished Professor at University of University of Texas at Dallas, USA and Chair of ICT at University College London, UK.

Marcos Vinicius Mazoni – President of SERPRO. Main Brazilian IT public agency, delegated by President Roussef to develop state-surveillance-proof email systems for government officials.

Rogério Winter –Liason Officer of the Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer of the Brazilian Army.

Bruce Schneier – Board member at Electronic Frontier Foundation, Open Technology Institute and EPIC. Fellow at Harvard Law School. CTO at Resilient Systems. Arguably the world’s most-renowned and recognized IT security expert.

Richard Stallman – President of the Free Software Foundation. Founder of the Free Software movement. Inventor of the Free/Open Source Software licenses. Creator of the GNU/Linux OS, basis a majority of mobile and server computing devices.

Michel Sieber – Head of Information Superiority at the European Defence Agency. (2012-2016)

Steven Bellovin – Prof. at Columbia University. Co-author of foundational papers on state attempts to reconcile cyber-investigation and privacy (19972013) (via conf call from New York).

Melle Van Den Berg – Managing Consultant at CapGeminiCyberSecurity Consulting. Co-author of the “Mass Surveillance Part 2 – Technology foresight, options for longer-term security and privacy improvements” commissioned in 2014 by  EU Parl STOA.

Michel Jaccard – Swiss-based attorney at corporate and tech boutique firm Id Est Avocats, specialized in open innovation, data privacy and security, free and open source licenses, and “crypto law”.

Pierre Chastanet – Senior Policy Analysts at EU Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment unit (STOA) and the EU Parliament LIBE Committee Secretariat.

Raoul Chiesa – A widely recognized IT cracker, hacker and IT security expert. President of Security Brokers. Formerly consultant and advisor to ENISA, Nato, Italian MoD,UNICRI.

Nikola Danaylov – As Dir. of the  Singularity Weblog he conducted over 160 interviews with the world’s best known AI experts. Graduate in economics, philosophy, and Singularity University. Has written over 800 articles and papers on the subject.

Jan Philipp Albrecht – Vice-Chair of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) of the EU Parliament. Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE Committee). A Franco-German politician from the Alliance ’90/The Greens.

Renaud Sirdey – Research director at Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique, the French DoE. Since 2010, he has been working on the development of a practical technology for computing over encrypted data grounded in homomorphic cryptography. Coordinating EIT Digital project HC@WORKS, a use case-driven project which aims at demonstrating the practical value of homomorphic cryptocomputing in a 1st round of real-world settings.

Marit Hansen – Data Protection Supervisor of the State of Schleswig-Holstein of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Privacy Commissioner of Schleswig-Holstein, Marit Hansen, is head of ULD. ULD is responsible for both freedom of information as well as data protection at private and public sector entities seated in Schleswig-Holstein.

Jovan Golic – Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital. Renowned cryptoanalyst and cryptographer. EIT Digital manages, through Innovation and Education action lines, about 80M€ yearly of EU funds for close-to-market IT innovation, research and education co-funding.

Romano Stasi – Managing Director of ABI Lab since 2003.
He has lead joint research project and awareness campiagn in the field of banking innovation, with an enphasis on security. Previously at CapGemini and Accenture.

Paul Nemitz – Director for Fundamental Rights and Union Citizenship in the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers.
He has held posts in the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Development Cooperation and in other Directorates-General.

Ulrich Seldeslachts – CEO of LSEC, a not for profit industry association focused on Information Security in Europe, based in Belgium and with operations in the Netherlands, UK and Germany.
LSEC is a European Cyber Security Cluster, bringing together over 235 Core Members, e.g. providers, technology developers, integrators, advisory and research groups.

David Meyer – Berlin-based senior technology writer at Fortune.
Specialising in connected rights, privacy, policy, communications. Previously at Gigaom and POLITICO Europe. Has written for ZDNet, BBC, the Guardian.

Max Schrems – Leading Austrian privacy activist. He initiated a lawsuit questioning the compliance of the Safe Harbor agreement between EU and US, which lead to its invalidation by the Court of Justice of the European Union. He proposes “sector-specific solutions” to resolve the Safe Harbor log jam, and beyond.

William R. Pace – Executive Director, World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP). Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) since 1995 . Steering Committee Member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP).

Zachary Goldman – Director of the Center of Law and Security at New York Law School.  Previously served as Policy Advisor in the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, and Special Assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the US Department of Defense.

John C. Havens – Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems. The newly launched Initiative aggregates top executives from leading global public and private AI entities to define new international ethics, standards and ultimately certifications for AI to promote the public good.

Gry Hasselbalch – Founder of the Global Privacy as Innovation Network, that views privacy and data ethics as economic and social investments. Founders and member of the board DataEthics.eu. Author of an an upcoming book, The Data Ethical Company.

Roberto Gallo – CEO and Chief Scientist at KRYPTUS, holds a PhD on Cybersecurity, Coordinating member of Cybernetics Committee at the Brazilian Defense Industry. He worked in several security projects of strategical interest on Brazilian defense industry, including the National Anti-Malware Platform.

John “Maddog” Hall – World renowned free software pioneer and evangelist. Founder of Linux International, board member of the USENIX association.

Alberto J. Azevedo – IT security and privacy expert, consultant and hacktivist. Latin America manager of the Open Media Cluster. (TBD Senior Technical official) of the Cyber Defence Center of the Brazilian Army.

Andreas Wild – Executive Director of ECSEL JU, the largest EU R&D public funding program for microelectronics, with projects exceeding 150M€ per year.

Wojciech Wiewiórowski – Deputy European Data Protection Supervisor. Previuosly served as Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority.

Kai Rannenberg – Chair at Deutsche Telekom Chair of Multilateral Security at Goethe Univeristy; Privacy, Security & Civilisation AoI leader at EU NIS Platform. Member at ENISA Permanent Stakeholder Group.

Peter Ide-Kostic – Senior Policy Analysts at EU Parliament Science and Technology Options Assessment unit (STOA) and the EU Parliament LIBE Committee Secretariat.

Bjoern Rupp – CEO of GSMK Cryptophone, mobile end-to-end encryption and mobile device security pioneer. GSMK makes the only cryptophone whose SW stack is publicly verifieable withouth NDA.

Alberto Pelliccione – CEO of ReaQta, endoint defense against advanced threats. Previously senior researcher at Hacking Team, a world leader in lawful access systems.

Eric Drexler – Senior Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Martin School, Oxford University, and a researcher and Internal Advisor to the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI), led by Prof. Nick Bostrom. A pioneer of nanotechnology. Member of FHI’s Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology.

 

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