Free and Safe in Cyberspace

22 September 2016 - 23 September 2016
08:30h - 22:30h
Conference Room of Mundo B Belgium
Organised by:
Rufo Guerreschi

Free and Safe in Cyberspace aims to catalyse a constructive dialogue and a wide informed consensus on new international standards and certification governance bodies for ultra-high assurance end-2-end IT systems – 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.


During the event there will be 4 Free and Safe in Cyberspace Challenges:


CHALLENGE A: How can we achieve meaningful IT assurance?! 

Can new voluntary international standards and certifications  – within the EU Charter and most constitutional frameworks – provide ordinary citizens access to affordable and user-friendly end-2-end IT with constitutionally-meaningful* levels of trustworthiness, data security and privacy, as a supplement to their every-day computing services?


CHALLENGE B: Provided that we can solve Challenge A, how can we assure constitutional lawful access?!

(B.1) Can new international non-governmental certification processes for end-2-end IT service providers – with sufficiently-extreme transparency, accountability, and oversight safeguards, such as multi-jurisdiction offline oversight processes based on peer-jury or peer-witness – ensure unprecedented and constitutionally-meaningful* levels of trustworthiness, effective onsite in-person lawful access, and prevent malevolent use?

(B.2) Similarly, can extreme third-party safeguards – enforceably adopted by states for their use of remote endpoint lawful access schemes (i.e., lawful hacking) – reduce, to acceptable levels, the risk of both grave compromisation of investigative processes and of highly-scalable abuse of innocent citizens?


CHALLENGE C: How can new non-governmental ultra-high assurance socio-technical IT standards and certifications, and related licensing and governance models, promote sustainable AI-driven economic development and long-term AI safety?

Can their early sector-specific adoption, by a critical mass of nations and companies, jump start an actionable path, from the short to the long-term, to (1) restore meaningful digital sovereignty to citizens, businesses and institutions, (2) cement their economic and civil leadership in the most security-critical IT and narrow Artificial Intelligence sectors, and (3) substantially increase the chances of utopian rather than dystopian long-term artificial intelligence prospects? 


CHALLENGE D: International policy and treaty options for ultra-high assurance IT?

What constituent processes can ensure a timely, effective and democratically-efficient implementation – by a critical mass of actors – of meaningfully enforceable international policies or treaties for ultra-high assurance IT standards setting and certification processes?!