Free and Safe in Cyberspace

The role of new IT security paradigms and certifications
in delivering constitutionallymeaningful e-privacy [1] to all,
while preserving public safety and cyber-investigation

on September 24th-25th 2015
in Brussels, Belgium

  Through TED-style keynotes and intense debate sessions, we will bring together EU and US foremost IT security experts (such as Bart Preneel and Bruce Schneier), top EU civil and public security institutions (such as EIT ICT Labs, European Defense Agency, EU Directorate-General of Justice), digital civil rights NGOs and IT security industry leaders. They’ll attempt to create a wide, shared and concrete understanding on how to solve 2 crucial challenges, crucial for the future of humanity, whose solutions we believe may be interlinked:

  • CHALLENGE A.  Is it feasible to provide ordinary EU citizens access to affordable and user-friendly end-2-end IT services with constitutionally-meaningful [1] levels of user-trustworthiness, as a supplement to their every-day computing devices? If so, how?.
    What standards/certifications can enable a user to reliably distinguish them from other services? What size of investments are needed?
  • CHALLENGE B.  Provided that Challenge A can be met, is it feasible to substantially reconcile meaningful privacy for all, with effective cyber-investigation for due process lawful access? If so, how?
    Is a substantial win-win solution possible, or can it only be primarily a frade-off, an “either/or”, a “loose-loose” balancing act?
  • QUESTIONS ON PUBLIC SAFETY. What are the effects on public safety and interest of the current unavailability of IT devices that are reliably resistant to undetected remote compromisation by mid- or high-threat actors, legal or illegal? What are the foreseeable effects on public safety and interest of the wide availability of such IT devices, therefore resistant to remote comprimization by even public security agencies with legal due process and/or their foreign partnering agencies?


[1] See here a definiton of “constitutionally-meaningful e-privacy”