EVENT SUMMARY

After editions in Brussels, New York and Brazil, the 5th Edition of Free and Safe in Cyberspace was held on May 4th 2018 in Berlin (at Betahaus). We met in the heart of EU digital freedoms activist scene, to ponder how we can radically improve freedom and safety in cyberspace, by challenging the status quo, and debunking deeply ingrained misconceptions.

As we have since our 1st edition – with amazing speakers – we sharply focused around detailing solutions to the most important challenges of this Digital Age: (A) Can we create a new IT and AI security certification body, and widely available compliant systems, that radically exceed the security and accountability of current military and civilian state-of-the-art systems? and (B) Can we do so while at once increasing public safety and preserving legitimate and constitutional lawful access capabilities?

Speakers will included IT, blockchain and GDPR experts, and digital civil rights activists; as well as current and former top cybersecurity officials of Deutsche Telekom Labs, the Austrian CIO,  the German Armed Forces, Germany Ministry of Interior, and European Defence Agency.

Can we solve Challenge (A)? if so how? What are the key paradigms? How do we maximize the accountability, proficiency and morality of the governance of the certification and oversight? Should such certifications governance be international and primarily non-governmental? What scale of investments are needed? The role of uncompromising “zero trust” security-by-design paradigms? The role of transparent and extreme review and oversight of all critical lifecycle components and human processes?What is the role citizen-witness and citizen-jury processes? Is it realistic to secure enough CPUs and chip fabrication oversight? The role of free/open-source software and testing by expert “ethical” hackers?  The role of blockchains, quantum computing, artificial intelligence?

If we can solve (A), do we necessarily also need to solve (B) in order to avoid major public security issues and/or its outlawing? If YES, can we solve (B) and how? Can the same radically unprecedented technical and organizational safeguards needed for (A) also – within current laws – mitigate the inevitable added risks of voluntarily providing lawful access compliance such that it’ll still radically exceed the security of the best IT solutions available, that do not provide such access?
While German and EU banks, enterprises, security agencies and military seem to understand the dire need for (B) – though hardly suggesting a solution – most EU civil rights organizations, think tanks,and many EU politicians think that solving (B) is either not needed and/or not possible. Are they right?

Can IT compliant to such certifications radically mitigate the risks and costs of cybercrime and GDPR? What are the economic opportunities for public and private organizations that are pioneering such new ecosystems? Can we imagine a parallel ultra-secure hardware and software computing universe, as a user-friendly supplement to every-day computing devices? Can mandating adoption of such new certifications for state bulk and targeted cyber-investigations programs radically increase their effectiveness, integrity and resilience from abuse? Can mandatory adoption for elected officials, presidential candidates (!) – and critical military and civilian IT – increase both citizens’ and state sovereignty and public safety.

Recent Intel, AMD and Ledger hacks reveal how critical vulnerabilities – mostly inserted or “let be” by states – run deep, down to CPU and chip fabrication, and their certifications. Meanwhile, Shadow Brokers and CIA Vault 7 revelations further show how these state-grade hacks are ever more widely available to criminals.

Need for a whole new level of security is increasing in enterprises, banks, governments and citizens for their communications and transactions, and more so with GDPR mandatory disclosure requirements. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, a great need is emerging for ways to meaningfully enforce algorithmic transparency and security for Artificial Intelligence and social media.   Adoption of blockchains is hampered by severe open security challenges due the severe lack of adequate standards and certification for core software, smart contracts, ecosystems governance and client endpoints.

Although, cybersecurity spending has grown 30 times in the last 10 years to $120 billion in 2017 – and forecasted at $1 trillion in 2021 – the cost of cybercrime will skyrocket to a forecasted $6 trillions per year in 2021. Nevertheless, market demand remains almost entirely latent because current cybersecurity certifications are proven ever more inadequate in depth, comprehensiveness, and independence to deliver the security needed for critical scenarios and enabling users to even compare high-security solutions, except based on reputation.

However, the slow progress of new certifications plans in EU and the unresolved NSA efforts to undermine NIST standards add up to other evidence that this state of affairs is not a “by accident” but “by design”. It is primarily due to the need of nations to prevent “at all costs” criminals to use IT devices that are resistant to a duly authorized lawful access order. Soon after algorithmically unbreakable encryption was made widely available in 90s and nations felt the need to resort to breaking everything below it in the lower technical and lifecycle stacks.

The Head of ENISA agency, former President of German BSI, recently highlighted the centrality of deeper certifications: “From a certification perspective, a regulation perspective, it would be a good idea to look into these kinds of hardware products, protocols, and think about how to do a certification scheme for these… If you start in hardware from the beginning, you build on top of it. Everything is secure from the beginning”.

The EU and EU members states invest in R&D and centers to promote strong encryption, with one hand, while they increasingly invest and share to break those same technologies, with the another. In fact, although overall state security agencies have not “gone dark” nor are “going dark“, the availability of the proposed new certifications and IT systems would by definition create a “could be going dark” problem.

Prospects for a wide availability of meaningfully-secure IT may, therefore, be inextricably linked to ensuring that a legitimate privacy-respecting lawful access to such systems is somehow granted.

speakers

Reinhard Posch

Chief Information Officer for Austria (Since 2001). Since 2005 Head of the Digital Austria platform. Scientific Director of the A-SIT Austrian Secure Information Technology Center (Since 1999), which sets state secret cybersecurity standards (member of SOGIS).

Andreas Reisen

Head of Division “IT and Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructures and the Private Sector, Secure Information Technology” of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

Eve Hunter

Experienced cybersecurity analyst and researcher, in the areas of critical infrastructure,  nuclear terrorism, intl security, intersection of IT security policy and human rights/ethics. Analyst at AMIDA. Formerly NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense CoE.

John Calian

Head of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs). Developing and leading innovation topics Deutsche Telekom and its partners including for blockchain. Also Vice President of DT Blockchain Group. Formerly, founder and COO of startup software firms in the Seattle area.

Liz Steininger

CEO at Berlin-based Least Authority, a leading open source cloud service based on highly-audited open source and advanced cryptographic protocols. Formerly, senior program manager at the Open Technology Fund (2013-2015).

Thomas J. Ackermann

Lead expert blockchain, quantum computing, cyberWarfare, exoWarfare. Entrepreneur in Residence at the Strategy & Rapid Innovation – KdoCIR – German Federal Armed ForcesCommanded to Cyber Innovation Hub (2017-2018) and Ministry of Defense (2018).

Roberto Gallo

Cofounder at TRUSTLESS.AI and Kryptus. Designer of the SCuP,  the World’s 1st secure CPU with publicly inspectable HW designs and free/open source SW. Designed security architecture of the 400,000 Brazilian voting machines & the ASI-HSM of the Brazilian PKI-root CA.

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.

Carlo Von Lynx

Founder of Secushare.org, a free software distributed social network that runs on users’ devices with end-to-end encryption and anonymization. Formerly head of symlynX multicast, and tech lead at STERN magazine. Inventor of URL shortening and prototype content delivery networks. Contributor to IRC, XMPP. Main author of PSYC.

Chase Gummer

Founder & Managing Partner at Anchor Point. Formerly Senior Research Fellow at Brandenburg Institute for Society & Security. Technology writer, analyst & consultant. Formerly, tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Mirko Ross

Cybersecurity, IoT, blockchain expert. Lead Architect of Asvin, an open source solution for a secure update of IoT edge devices. Since 2017, the technical consultant for Blackpin Secure Communication. Member of the Expert Group on Security in the Internet of Things at ENISA. Member of the IOTA Evangelist Network (IEN) since 2018.

Michael Sieber

(Unable to participate due to last-mimute personal  issues)
Director at the BAAINB of the German Armed Forces (the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use). Formerly Head of Information Superiority of the European Defence Agency. (2014-2016), and Assistant Director Research & Technology (2010-2013).

Anthony J. Ferrante

(Unable to participate due to urgent business)
Managing Director & Head of Cybersecurity at FTI Consulting. From 2015-2017 he was Director of Cyber-incident Response & Director of Cybersecurity Policy at the US National Security Council of President Barack Obama. Formerly Chief of Staff of the Cyber Division of the FBI (2014-2015).

Christian Junger

CEO and Co-Founder of MADANA, which is a GDPR compliant platform for data analysis that uses Blockchain technology allowing participants to get in on the data market with their own data and simultaneously preserving their privacy by design. Before, Christian participated in various Blockchain projects as business development lead at the CryptoTec AG.

Lisa Trujillo

Technology Consultant, and Digital Civil Rights Researcher. Focusing on emerging technologies, bridging tech minority gaps, and data privacy and protection for underrepresented groups. Cyber Security Teacher at the ReDI School of Digital Integration and Event Co-Organizer with Google’s Women Techmakers Program.

Alexander Szanto

Cybersecurity research fellow at Brandenburg Institute for Society & Security. Primarily focused on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project HERMENEUT. Previously digitalization and a domestic security research fellow to MP in the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf.

Adam Burns

Chief Technology Officer and Head of Research at Adaptant Labs, managing research for cutting-edge cloud security systems. Co-founder and ex-Director of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. Formerly he deployed military-grade encrypted mobile VoIP systems, emergency broadcast radio networks in Syria and Africa, and secure Enterprise WiFi systems. 

Elad Verbin

Computer Scientist. Lead scientist and founding partner of Berlin Innovation Ventures, a Berlin VC founded solely by R&D experts, investing into ventures in blockchain, zero knowledge and machine learning.(Slides

Silvan Jongerius

CEO at techGDPR, an emerging consultancy for consulting in GDPR compliance, cybersecurity and risk management. VP marketing/sales Europe for DLT Labs, an established Toronto-based blockchain development house.

Ludmila Morozova-Buss

Cybersecurity author. Vice President of PR & Media Communications @ Global Institute for IT Management (GIIM). Executive Partner @ Brooks Consulting International. Onalytica’s 2018 Global Top 100 Digital Transformation Influencers.(Slides)

Sebastian Weyer

Co-founder & CEO at Statice which helps companies to leverage private customer data in a privacy-preserving manner by using synthetic data to foster a variety of collaborations with external data owners and data experts.

Jörn Erbguth

Legal and technical expert of privacy by design blockchain, GDPR. International speaker and author.  

Nicola Feltrin

Free Software expert, activist, and lawyer. Freelance IP and free software license consultant. Formerly Network coordinator for a major NGO for the promotion of free software. Master in International and Comparative Law from Trento University.

program

May 3rd, 2018

18:00-21:00 Aperitif at TBD location for highlight speakers, media.

May 4th, 2018

08:30 – Coffee
09:00
– Introduction by Organizers: Rufo Guerreschi – (Slides)
09:15 – Keynote by Reinhard Posch “Prospects for pan-European initiatives to create ultra-high assurance IT and ecosystems for critical societal domains” – (Slides)
09:30
– Keynote by Michael Sieber  “Can we afford “fake security”? A plea for a whole-of-society approach to Cyber Security” (abstract)
09-45
 – Keynote by Thomas J. Ackerman TBD – (Slides)

  • What are the key paradigms? What is the role of uncompromising“zero trust” security-by-design paradigms, via transparent and extreme review and oversight of all critical lifecycle components and processes? the role of free/open source software and ethical hackers? the role of certification and oversight governance? How about Blockchains,  Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence? what about citizen-witness and citizen-jury processes? Can we realistically secure enough CPU design and chi fabrication oversight? What scale of investments are needed? Can we imagine a parallel hardware and software computing universe, as a user-friendly supplement to every-day computing devices?   

    Moderator:
     Guerreschi/TBD
    Panelists: Calian, Sieber, Posch, Reisen, Ackerman, Hunter, Burns

10:50 – Coffee Break
11:00 – Keynote by Nicolas Heyer –(Slides)

  • Can the same extreme technical and human processes safeguards that are needed to deliver ultra-high assurance also enable voluntary compliance to lawful access request – at least in some EU states – that overall reduce the risk of privacy rights abuse of end-users by anyone to levels that are radically or substantially lower than any of the other alternative secure IT systems which do not offer such voluntary processing?
    Could or should such processes rely on a provider-managed voluntary data and/or key recovery scheme that is certified and overseen by primarily-non-governmental radically citizen-accountable, independent and competent international body? Could the inevitable added risk be essentially shifted from technical systems to in-person organizational processes?

    Moderator: Guerreschi/TBD
    Panelists: Posch, Verbin, Sieber, Ackerman, Feltrin.

12:00 – Keynote by Roberto Gallo (video Link)

  • Intro to Trustless Computing Certification Body proposal by Rufo GuerreschiTrustless Computing Association.
    Since 2013, leading public and private partners, and spin-off startup, have been building a new certification body, and an initial compliant open computing base, ecosystem, and service, CivicNet. (Slides PDF) (46-pager Position Paper PDF)

13:00 – LUNCH BREAK

15.00 – (Berlin Innovation Ventures) “Blockchain and Zero Knowledge: Challenges and Adoption”– (Slides)

  • Most enterprises are by ready for basic GDPR compliance, in terms of diligent human processes and”best effort” technological setups. But the Regulation also mandates, at a hefty cost, the reporting of breaches, not only of customers’ data but also of the communications, negotiations, and transactions of executives, boards or partners. This adds substantially to traditional costs associated with those breaches, in terms of reputation, lost competitive advantage, blackmail, and more. What are new emerging technologies, certification, approaches, and processes that can substantially or radically mitigate such costs and risk?

  • Panel:
    Moderator: Jongerius
    Panelists: Junger, Gummer, Weyer, Trujillo, Szanto, Erbguth
  • Could a new transparent international certification, downward-compatible with a “Security made in Germany” label, and lead by Germany, Austria and Italy, lead to extensive economic development?  Can we envision the development in Munich, Berlin, Vienna of a lively open general-purpose computing platform and ecosystem around such new cybersecurity certifications? Can we merge the most secure open source providers of blockchains and uncompromising endpoint security (and other techs) to develop a sort of Arduino ecosystem and platform, but ultra-secure?! 

Moderator: Chase Gummer
Panelists: Blendl, Verbin, Ackerman, Steininger, TBD

16.10 – Keynote by Ackerman – (Slides)
16.30
– Coffee Break
16:40
– Guest Presentation by Ludmila Morozova-Buss “A Review of the Charter of Trust: a far-reaching cybersecurity initiative” – (Slides)

17.40 – QA with the audience on Challenge A, B, and C
17:55
– Closing by organizers.
18:00-21:00
–  Dinner/Aperitif for panelists, media, speakers.


*Definition of “Ultra-high Assurance“: In civilian and military IT security, “high assurance” is used to refer to systems of the highest trustworthiness in confidentiality, integrity and/or availability. Perfect trustworthiness will never exist but we have learned that even current “high assurance” technologies, standards and certifications are radically inadequate for the needs of citizens, enterprises, democratic institutions, critical societal systems, and autonomous systems.

CONCEIVED & OrganizeD BY

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TRUSTLESS.AI is the spin-off startup of the Trustless Computing Association. It is raising $5M to create of a Trustless Computing Certification Body and an initial compliant open computing base, ecosystem and service, CivicNet, to deliver radically unprecedented confidentiality and integrity to the most sensitive human communications and transactions.

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Reinhard Posch

Chief Information Officer for Austria (Since 2001). Since 2005 Head of the Digital Austria platform. Scientific Director of the A-SIT Austrian Secure Information Technology Center (Since 1999), which sets state secret cybersecurity standards (member of SOGIS)

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Posch is member of many professional societies: IEEE, ACM, OCG (member of the board of the Austrian Computer Society), OGI (Oesterreichische Gesellschaft für Informatik), ACONET, OeMG (Oesterreichische Mathematische Gesellschaft), GME (Microelectronic society) etc. He was the Austrian representative in IFIP TC6 (Communication) as well as IFIP TC11 (Computer Security). Besides this, Reinhard Posch is member of the Working Group on security of payment systems with chip cards of the Austrian National Bank. He worked with the OECD group of experts on cryptography in preparing the OECD guidelines for cryptographic policies. At the national level, he was consulting the Federal Chancellery, the Ministry of the Interior and other public institutions on matters of security and cryptography. As the CIO for the Federal Government, Reinhard Posch is primarily involved in the strategic coordination of activities in the field of information and communications technology that concern more than one ministry. He specialized in ‘Applied Information Processing and Communications Technology’, and as Scientific Director of the Austrian Secure Information Technology Centre. The main efforts are computer security, cryptography, secure hard- and software, and eGovernment. He also helped Greece to recover from the economic crisis by working with the Reichenbach Group to assist implementing innovation in the Greek eGovernment. Reinhard was later awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria.

Andreas Reisen

Head of Division “IT and Cyber Security in Critical Infrastructures and the Private Sector, Secure Information Technology” of the German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

Andreas Reisen has headed the department “Critical IT Infrastructures; secure information technology “in the Federal Ministry of the Interior. In addition to the protection of critical IT infrastructures, he is responsible for tackling questions in technology policy in the area of IT security (such as crypto policy and digitization), IT security certification and cooperation with the IT security industry – including the corresponding technical supervision of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) – to his area of responsibility. Prior to this, Andreas Reisen had already been in charge of several presentations in the BMI with different IT-political relevance since 2002. He began his professional career in the BSI (1993-1999) and then moved to the BMI. He is a graduate physicist and studied Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics at the RWTH Aachen University.

Eve Hunter

Experienced cybersecurity analyst and researcher, in the areas of critical infrastructure,  nuclear terrorism, intl security, intersection of IT security policy and human rights/ethics. Analyst at AMIDA. Formerly NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense CoE.

Experienced cybersecurity analyst with a demonstrated history of working in industry, think tanks, and NGOs. Formerly NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense CoE. She is also interested in critical infrastructure and SCADA security, nuclear power, international security, IT security policy and the intersection of technology and human rights/ethics. Has a Master of Science (MSc) in Cybersecurity from Tallinn University of Technology and a B.A. in Chinese Language and Culture from Smith College.

John Calian

Head of the Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs).

Developing and leading innovation topics Deutsche Telekom and its partners including for blockchain. Also Vice President of DT Blockchain Group. Formerly, founder and COO of startup software firms in the Seattle area. Co-Founded and operated a start-up mobile software company that built a sophisticated web service platform delivering digital mobile content to mobile devices. Firm was sold in 2009 to Digby. Holds an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Washington.

Liz Steininger

CEO at Berlin-based Least Authority, a leading open source cloud service based on highly-audited open source and advanced cryptographic protocols. Formerly, senior program manager at the Open Technology Fund (2013-2015).

CEO at Berlin-based Least Authority, a leading open-source cloud service based on highly-audited open-source and advanced cryptographic protocols. Formerly, senior program manager at the Open Technology Fund. Prior to joining Least Authority, Liz was a Project Manager, Program Manager and Analyst on numerous tech development projects over her 16 years in both private companies and public organizations, including managing funding with the Open Technology Fund. She holds an M.S. in Management & Technology from Carlow University (2007) and B.S. in Digital Media from Drexel University (2001).

Thomas J. Ackermann

Lead expert blockchain, quantum computing, cyberWarfare, exoWarfare. Entrepreneur in Residence at the Strategy & Rapid Innovation – KdoCIR – German Federal Armed ForcesCommanded to Cyber Innovation Hub (2017-2018) and Ministry of Defense (2018).

Ackermann spent most of his professional career so far around Internet-centric start-ups, from being the first ISP in his hometown, starting his own start-up in Germany in the early days of the Internet, then moving to the US and Silicon Valley in 1994 for the disruptive Internet revolution, where he helped build several startup companies. Among those, he built the global infrastructure for the first animation of the Internet (ShockWave/Flash), deployed the first content mirror sites for Macromedia in London and Tokyo, built the first SuperPOP (free carrier choice) data center in the heart of Silicon Valley (Globix), built the infrastructure for the first multi-bank money transfer system through a web-based service (CashEdge), the first global bartering site with virtual currency (Bartertrust), as well as developed the first working defense against distributed Denial-of-Service (dDoS) attacks (Melior Inc CyberWarfare). Building on the CyberWarfare success, he invented and built AI-based ThreadStream Logic Gate Computing, enabling ExoWarfare technology (ExoWarfare Inc); early in the evolving Blockchain ledger technology, he designed and built industrial infrastructure and hardware to scale its applications into the future (Blockchain Industries, MetaBlockchains, Blockchain BGP, Blockwart). Thomas is currently developing uses for Quantum Computing in Blockchain (Quantum Blocks), as well as technology for conflict resolution in the 21st century (HyperWarfare).

Roberto Gallo

CEO of KRYPTUS. President of the Brazilian Defense Industry Association. Cofounder of the Trustless Computing Association.

Roberto Gallo has a Ph.D. degree in cyber security, and is an H2 member. He has been working in the Information Security Industry for more than 18 years focusing on raising the bar on behalf of his customers. Leading a unique team at KRYPTUS as CEO and Chief Scientist, he has had the privilege to help his clients to stay protected and anticipate countermeasures for the future, advanced threats. As coordinator of the Cybernetics Committee at the Brazilian Defense Industry Association, he aims to transform the Brazilian Industry and Stakeholders into world class players. His personal skills and interests include entrepreneurship, business development, defense, awareness building, risk analysis, hardening, system engineering, complex system integration, architectural vulnerability analysis, and cryptography. Some of his information security projects include the development of the hardware security architecture of the Brazilian voting machines (T-DRE, Urna Eletrônica), with more than 400.000 devices manufactured, the development of the ASI-HSM, the HSM of the Brazilian PKI-root CA and the sole device with the highest Brazilian certification level (NSF2-NSH3, FIPS 140-2 Level 4 compatible), and the development of the first Secure Microprocessor of the south hemisphere, the SCuP, iv) LinkBR2, a secure airborne datalink solution.

Rufo Guerreschi

Executive Director of the Trustless Computing AssociationCEO of its spin-off TRUSTLESS.AIFounder of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series.

Executive Director of the Trustless Computing Association. CEO of  TRUSTLESS.AI Founder of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series. IT security entrepreneur, expert and activist with 20 years of experience. Founded and exited e-democracy startup Participatory Technologies. At 4thpass, acquired by Motorola, he sold +$10M java mobile app stores, including to Telefonica. Founder of the Trustless Computing Association. Launched the Free and Safe in Cyberspace event series.As CEO at Open Media Park, he brought the valuation of the planned EU’s 2nd largest IT/media park from €3m to €21m.

Carlo Von Lynx

Founder of Secushare.org

Carlo is the founder of Secushare.org, a free software distributed social network that runs on users’ devices with end-to-end encryption and anonymization. Formerly head of symlynX multicast, & tech lead at STERN magazineInventor of URL shortening and prototype content delivery networks. Contributor to IRC, XMPP. Main author of PSYC. Former head of symlynX multicast systems. Participant in the Pirate movement and author of legislation proposals and expert in liquid democracy technology and digital social structures.

Chase Gummer

Founder & Managing Partner at Anchor Point, Head of Digital at FTI Consulting, Germany

Formerly Senior Research Fellow at Brandenburg Institute for Society & Security, Chase was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, writing about technology and economics. He has also been an analyst for several German think tanks, specializing in cybersecurity and the challenges of digitalization for German companies. Chase was born in the US and studied international affairs and economics at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. After stints at Hering Schuppener and Axel Springer, Chase is now Head of Digital at FTI Consulting.

Mirko Ross

🚀 CEO of asvin.io 🛡Cybersercurity Researcher & Member of ENISA IoT 🔑 Security Expert Group

Cybersecurity, IoT, blockchain expert. Lead Architect of Asvin, an open source solution for a secure update of IoT edge devices. Since 2017, the technical consultant for Blackpin Secure Communication. He also teaches mobile software development at Heilbronn University and is involved on several research activities for open standards and business models in the Internet of Things. He is also a member of the Expert Group on Security in the Internet of Things at ENISA. Member of the IOTA Evangelist Network (IEN) since 2018.

Michael Sieber

Director at the BAAINB of the German Armed Forces (the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use). Formerly Head of Information Superiority of the European Defence Agency. (2014-2016), and Assistant Director Research & Technology (2010-2013).

Michael Sieber has a Diploma in Electrical Engineering. During his military and civil service in the German Armed Forces he assumed various responsibilities in operational, technical and international domains. This included munitions, vehicles, robotics, communications, modelling & simulation, radio frequency/electro-optical sensors, reconnaissance technology, electronic warfare. He led larger international projects with the US, Singapore and Chile. During his assignments abroad he worked with NATO in The Hague (Netherlands), and the Canadian Department of National Defence in Ottawa. In the German Ministry of Defence he was Senior International Armaments Affairs Officer, before he joined the European Defence Agency (EDA) as Assistant Research & Technology Director in 2010. Within the new EDA structure effective from 2014 he assumed the position as Head of the Information Superiority Unit.

Anthony J. Ferrante

Global Head of Cyber Security & Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting

Anthony Ferrante has more than 15 years of top‐level cybersecurity experience, providing incident response and preparedness planning to more than 1,000 private sector and government organizations, including more than 175 Fortune 500 companies and 70 Fortune 100 companies. He maintains first‐hand operational knowledge of more than 60 criminal and national security cyber threat sets, and extensive practical expertise researching, designing, developing and hacking complex technical applications and hardware systems. Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Ferrante served as Director for Cyber Incident Response at the U.S. National Security Council at the White House where he coordinated U.S. response to unfolding domestic and international cybersecurity crises and issues. Building on his extensive cybersecurity and incident response experience, he led the development and implementation of Presidential Policy Directive 41 – United States Cyber Incident Coordination, the federal government’s national policy guiding cyber incident response efforts. Before joining the National Security Council, Mr. Ferrante was Chief of Staff of the FBI’s Cyber Division. He joined the FBI as a special agent in 2005, assigned to the FBI’s New York Field Office. In 2006, Mr. Ferrante was selected as a member of the FBI’s Cyber Action Team, a fly-team of experts who deploy globally to respond to the most critical cyber incidents on behalf of the U.S. Government. Mr. Ferrante previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where he served as the founder and co-director of the Master’s of Science in Cybersecurity program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. During his time at Fordham University, he served as the co-director of the undergraduate and graduate Cybersecurity research programs.

Christian Junger

CEO & Co-Founder madana.io, PrivTech Enabler

Christian is CEO and co-founder of the German blockchain start-up MADANA, which is a GDPR compliant platform for data analysis that uses Blockchain technology allowing participants to get in on the data market with their own data and simultaneously preserving their privacy by design. Before, Christian participated in various Blockchain projects as business development lead at the CryptoTec AG. His crypto career began in 2013 with his first Bitcoins during his Finance and Entrepreneurship studies. In 2013, he co-founded the Bitcoin Aachen meetup and was involved in the founding process of Lisk. Christian participated in various blockchain projects such as Business Development Lead at CryptoTec AG. Besides leading MADANA, Christian speaks at many conferences around the world and is adviser of various institutions in Germany.

Lisa Trujillo

Teacher at the ReDI School of Digital Integration

Lisa Trujillo is a Technologist with software engineering, technical delivery, and research experience for numerous innovations agencies, research networks, development cooperation organizations and social impact enterprises. She is a technology consultant, and Digital Civil Rights Researcher, focusing on emerging technologies, bridging tech minority gaps, and data privacy and protection for underrepresented groups. She is an Event Co-Organizer with Google’s Women Techmakers Program, and her main focus areas include: privacy, data protection and security, GDPR implementation, emerging technologies, digital literacy, youth migration and digital education development.

Alexander Szanto

Cyber Security Research Fellow at Brandenburg Institute

Alexander Szanto Primarily focused on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 research project HERMENEUT. He was previously with digitalization and domestic security research fellow to MP in the State Parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia in Düsseldorf. Alexander studied European Studies at the University of Maastricht and as part of his studies he spent a semester abroad at the Sciences Po in Paris with a focus on International Relations. He subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security, concentrating in Cybersecurity and Political Developments in the Middle East post-1945 in the War Studies Department of King’s College in London.

Adam Burns

Chief Information Security Officer at MICTMedia in Cooperation and Transition

Chief Technology Officer and Head of Research at Adaptant Labs, managing research for cutting-edge cloud security systems. Co-founder and ex-Director of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. Formerly he deployed military-grade encrypted mobile VoIP systems, emergency broadcast radio networks in Syria and Africa, and secure Enterprise WiFi systems. Adam is a passionate Internet technologist, pioneer and advocate, with over 25 years of experience in the human centered “full stack” of digital communications. He was technical manager of Australia’s first national ISP (member of the Association of Progressive Communications) specialising in facilitating human rights, NGOs and social change groups’ online communications needs. Adam worked in health and justice sectors, bringing emerging standard practices of information security and risk management to the handling of data vital to human and social well-being. He has co-founded and was a director of the Australian chapter of the Internet Society. Adam founded Europe’s earliest community wireless network, holding workshops for people to share expertise to establish, manage and own their own open access networks.

Elad Verbin

Lead Scientist and Founding Partner of Berlin Innovation Ventures

Verbin is a computer scientist and lead scientist and founding partner of Berlin Innovation Ventures, a Berlin VC founded solely by R&D experts, investing into ventures in blockchain, zero knowledge and machine learning. As a theoretical data and computer scientist, Elad has been following blockchain technology since the 80’s, and he leans on the humanities and other disciplines to shape its future. He is keenly aware of the high hopes associated with the rise of the decentralized web and passionate about finding ways to protect the democratizing potential of crypto economics. In order to “design cryptoeconomic systems of long-term utility, viability, and success,” he argues that “experts in actual human economic behavior, such as public policy experts, behavioral economists, and social scientists need to be included into the design process.” Elad holds a postdoc degree from the Computer Science Department of Aarhus University, and completed his Ph.D with Haim Kaplan at Tel Aviv University.

Silvan Jongerius

Managing Partner at techGDPR

Silvan Jongerius is the Managing Partner of TechGDPR, a boutique consultancy for Data Protection and Privacy in tech-centric environments, such as Blockchain, AI and IoT. He has led data protection and security efforts since 2012, has spend over 12 years in senior technology leadership, general management and innovation for large technology educators, and has focussed on Blockchain projects during the last years. He holds certifications from the Columbia Business School in Digital Strategies for Business, from the IAPP as Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe/GDPR) and is TÜV certified Data Protection Officer (Datenschutzbeauftragter). He is a regular speaker and educator in GDPR, blockchain, innovation and technology and is mentor or advisor for a number of technology, innovation and blockchain projects.

Ludmila Morozova-Buss

PhD in Technology with Masters of Science Research Methods at Capitol Technology University. Researcher. Student

Researcher in Strategy, Systems Thinking, Knowledge Engineering, Industrial Cybersecurity, An acknowledged multi-lingual, multi-cultural thought leader, Ludmila Morozova-Buss established her foundational economics, finance, and business strategy knowledge and experience through myriad assignments in the United States and Asia as well as in Europe. With a clear grasp of systems theory and revelation of pervasive, persistent, and resilient interconnectedness, Mrs. Morozova-Buss was uniquely qualified as lead moderator and facilitator of Global #MegaTrends Roundtable – a select gathering of Industry Leaders across industries ranging from protégées through mentors across all professions while emphasizing the common connectedness of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

 

Sebastian Weyer

Co-founder & CEO at Statice

Sebastian Weyer is the Co-founder & CEO at Statice which helps companies to leverage private customer data in a privacy-preserving manner by using synthetic data to foster a variety of collaborations with external data owners and data experts.

Jörn Erbguth

UDIS-Certified Data Protection Officer Since 2017

Jörn Erbguth is a consultant on blockchain, smart contracts and data protection. He is researching governance of blockchains and smart contracts at the University of Geneva. He is lecturing at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, University of Geneva and University of Lucerne. Jörn Erbguth is a member of the Focus Group on DLT at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and board member of the EDV-Gerichtstag, and holds diplomas in computer science and law.

Nicola Feltrin

Free Software Expert, Activist, and Lawyer

Nicola Feltrin is a Free Software expert, activist, lawyer, and freelance IP and free software license consultant. Formerly Network coordinator for a major NGO for the promotion of free software. He has a Masters in International and Comparative Law from Trento University.