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As in our EU and Latin American editions, this 1st US edition aims to catalyse a constructive dialogue and a wide informed consensus on the role of new international non-governmental standards and certifications for ICT services with ultra-high levels of assurance – for communications, constitutional lawful access and artificial intelligence – that are able to grant unprecedented and constitutionally– meaningful levels of e-privacy and e-security to all, while increasing public safety and cyber-investigation capabilities.


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.

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.

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“.

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).

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

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 Defence.

Roman Yampolskiy

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

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.

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.

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 Author of an an upcoming book, The Data Ethical Company.

Jovan Golic

Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital.Privacy, Security and Trust Action Line Leader of EIT Digital. Renowned cryptanalyst 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

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.


  • 08:30 – Reception and Coffee
  • 08:50 – Intro by Rufo Guerreschi and Jovan Golic
  • 09:10 – Special keynote by Joe Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right of Privacy.
  • 09:25 – Special keynote by Max Schrems, world-renowned EU privacy activists
  • 09:40 – Flash position statements by panelists with flash QAs
  • 10:00 – Panel on CHALLENGE A: How can we achieve ultra-high assurance ICT?!
    Is it feasible to provide ordinary citizens access to affordable and user-friendly complete ICT services with levels of trustworthiness that are meaningfully-abiding to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, as a supplement to their every-day computing devices? 
    If so, how? What standards, standard setting and certifications processes can enable users to reliably assess their actual trustworthiness? What scale of investments are needed? How likely is it that they would sustainably be legally allowed? 

    (See Backgrounder on Challenge A)
    • Moderator: Rufo Guerreschi
    • Debaters: Jovan Golic, Daniel Castro, Joe Cannataci, Yvo Desmedt, Rufo Guerreschi
  • 11:00 – Coffee Break
  • 11:15 – Special Keynote by Jovan Golic, on “EIT Digital and business opportunities in cyber security and privacy”
  • 11:35 – Flash position statements by panelists with flash QAs
  • 11:55 – Panel on CHALLENGE B: Can ultra-high assurance ICT services comply to lawful access request while meaningfully protecting civil rights?
    Can providers of ultra-high assurance ICT devise complaince mechanisms to lawful access requests, voluntarily – i.e. in addition to what’s required by selected jurisdictions – without significantly increasing risks for the privacy of users nor for public safety? 
    If so, how? What are the core paradigms of such certification processes? (Backgrounder on Challenge B)
    • Moderator: Jovan Golic
    • Panelists:  Daniel Castro, Max Schrems, Zachary Goldman, Joe Cannataci, Simon Halink, Rufo Guerreschi
  • 12:45 – QA with audience
  • 13:00 – Lunch break
  • 14:00 – Intro to Challenge C by Roman Yampolskiy
  • 14:10 – Flash position statements by Challenge C panelists with flash QAs
  • 14:40 – Panel on CHALLENGE C: Ultra-high assurance ICT and the future of AI?
    How can non-governmental ultra-high assurance ICT standards, and related socio-technical and governance models, spur sustainable AI-driven economic development and foster long-term AI safety? 
    Can ultra-high assurance ICT standards, applied to the most critical deterministic sub-systems, contribute substantially to AI safety? (Backgrounder or Challenge C)
    • Moderator: Roman Yampolskiy 
    • Panelists: John Havens, Rufo Guerreschi, Gry Hasselbalch, Joe Cannataci, Zachary Goldman.
  • 15:40 – QA with audience
  • 15:50 – Coffee Break
  • 16:10 – Flash position statements by panelists with flash QAs
  • 16:30 – Panel on CHALLENGE D: What are the national policy or international treaty options for ultra-high assurance ICT standards in critical societal domains?
    What constituent processes can ensure a timely, effective and democratically-efficient implementation – by a critical mass of actors – of meaningfully-enforceable national policies or international treaties for ultra-high assurance IT standards setting and certification processes?! 
    (Backgrounder on Challenge D)
    • Moderator: Rufo Guerreschi
    • Panelists: Joe Cannataci, Max Schrems, John Havens, Simone Halink, Zachary Goldman, Bill Pace, Jovan Golic.
  • 18:00 -Summary of the day by organizers and QA with audience
  • 18:45 – END
  • 19:30-23:00 –  Dinner for panelists, speakers and special guests