Free and Safe in Cyberspace is a global event series aims to catalyse a constructive dialogue and a wide informed consensus on new international standards and certification governance bodies for ultra-high assurance IT systems and life-cycle –for communications, constitutional lawful access and autonomous systems – to deliver access to unprecedented and constitutionally– meaningful* e-privacy and e-security to all, while increasing public safety and cyber-investigation capabilities.

Since the 1st edition in 2015, the conference series revolves around finding answers to The 4 Challenges of  Free and Safe in Cyberspace, detailed in an extensive backgrounder, and summarized below:

CHALLENGE A: How can we achieve ultra-high assurance ICT?!

CHALLENGE BCan ultra-high assurance ICT services comply with lawful access requests while meaningfully protecting civil rights?

CHALLENGE C: What’s the role of ultra-high assurance ICT for the future of AI?

CHALLENGE D: What are the national policy or international treaty options for ultra-high assurance ICT standards in critical societal domains?

  1. Some of the speakers – including Bart Preneel, CapGemini Netherlands, Jovan Golic, Tecnalia –  have started since early 2016 working on a 50-page draft Proposal for Trustless Computing Certification Body and a 6-pager Manifesto of Trustless Computing. The Open Media Cluster (i.e. Trustless Computing Initiative, CapGemini Netherlands and Tecnalia) have engaged in a binding agreement to jointly bid for new tenders from EU LIBE Committee or STOA to further investigate policy and certification options to promote high-assurance IT while respecting civil rights.
  2. In May 2016, partners and advisors of the Trustless Computing Initiative and speakers of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace event series, have spun-off TRUSTLESS.AI, a startup based in Menlo Park, California, aimed at solving initially Challenge A and B, by radically exceeding the state-of-the-art in both security and user experience of communication and financial transactions, and then C and D in its scale-up phase.
  3. We have been invited to hold 2hr+ special keynote events in Silicon Valley on the Trustless Computing Initiative and Trustless Computing Certification Body by the Symbolic Systems Program, Stanford University post-graduate program with the most PhDs in Artificial Intelligence, and at the by SVSA at the headquarters of SEMI, the World largest semiconductor association.
CONTACTS

For program, speakers and media inquiries:
Rufo Guerreschi,
Exec. Dir. Open Media Cluster
rg@openmediacluster.com — +393357545620

For Logistics, Directions and Attendance terms:
info@free-and-safe.org

CO-ORGANIZERS
  • Open Media Cluster (OMC), lead by Rufo Guerreschi, is an independent Rome-based European non-profit research center. It leads the Trustless Computing Initiative, which aggregates with partners and advisors with globally-rare expertizes in open high-assurance IT into the Trustless Computing Consortium. The Initiative aims to jump-start the World’s most user-trustworthy computing service platform, lifecycle, and open ecosystem through 4-19M€ EU R&D funding proposals, and startup spin-offs; as well as by facilitating the creation of international ultra-high assurance IT certification body, through the Free and Safe in Cyberspace global event series.
    Through extreme and consistent transparency, accountability and oversight – including all critical hardware design and fabrications –  “Trustless” ecosystems aim to be resistant to actors willing to invest tens of millions of euros to compromise its lifecycle, 
    while nonetheless increasing effectiveness and accountability of state cyber-investigation capability and public security, and enabling long-term wide consumer adoption through high usability and radically-open IP terms. The Initiative aims to solve Challenges A and B posed by this event series. 

  • EIT Digital – Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line (PST-AL), lead by Jovan Golic, is 1 of 8 Thematic Action Lines of EIT Digital. EIT Digital, in turn, is 1 of 5 Knowledge and Innovation Communities of the European Insititute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), which has a budget of 2.7BN€ over the period 2014-2020 for close-to-market startup funding, and innovation and education programs. This is done via EIT Digital pan-European network of Co-Location Centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as in Budapest and Madrid. The PST Action Line Leader is Dr. Jovan Golic, an internationally recognized expert in data security and cryptography. Some of the innovation & business results of the PST-AL will be presented in Brussels.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE (DRAFT)
  • Rufo GuerreschiExec. Dir. of the non-profit Open Media Cluster, which promotes the Trustless Computing Initiative and the Trustless Computing Certification Campaign. Life-long activist for international democratization within and through IT.
  • Jovan Golic. Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital. Internationally recognized cryptographer and IT assurance expert. EIT Digital manages through 6 Action Lines about 700M€ yearly of EU funds for close-to-market IT innovation, research, and education co-funding.
EVENT SERIES BACKGROUND

The 1st Free and Safe in Cyberspace event series was conceived as a continuation, in intent and focus, of an event organized on Dec 11th, 2014 in Rome (Agenda) by PST-AL, and assistance from OMC, How to guarantee security without losing privacy?. It will also draw on the wide networking, discussion and ideas stirred by the OMC non-profit Trustless Computing Initiative. The event series furthers the institutional goals of PST-AL which on its web page on September 2015 included to “bridge existing gaps between available techniques and practice by innovative solutions following the ‘privacy & security by design’ paradigm” and  “Support data protection laws and regulations by certification & auditing procedures”. PST-AL sees “a large gap between what is applied in practice, on one hand, and the available techniques, usability requirements and the right level of security and privacy, on the other. This gap represents a strategic opportunity where European players have a recognized know-how and where leadership should be leveraged and nurtured”.

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