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EuroDIG 2017: ISOC Speaks on Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Human Rights, IoT, Internet Shutdowns and more

How do we create a more secure and trusted Internet within the multistakeholder model of Internet governance? That will be among the many questions addressed this week at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) in Tallinn, Estonia. From June 5-7, we will have an Internet Society team on site participating in many sessions. Our EuroDIG 2017 page has all the details – including links to live video streams – but at a high level here are some of the workshops we are participating in:

  • Plenary panel on cybersecurity
  • New business models and the Internet
  • Blockchain technology and internet governance
  • Community connectivity: empowering the unconnected
  • Criminal justice on the Internet – identifying common solutions
  • Workshop on human rights and IoT
  • Internet content blocking: from collateral damages to better solutions
  • Stress testing the multistakeholder model in cybersecurity
  • Drowning in data – digital pollution, green IT, and sustainable access
  • Forced data localization and barriers to cross-border data flows: toward a multistakeholder approach

Again, view our EuroDIG 2017 event page to see exact times and live stream links.

To stay up on our activities, you can follow us on social media – and follow the hashtags #eurodig17 and #eurodig on Twitter.

Please do say hello to our staff in the sessions – and tell us how you think we need to work together to build a stronger Internet and #ShapeTomorrow.

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The State of Cybersecurity in Europe – Should We Reboot?

During last week’s EuroDIG, Olaf Kolkman and Tatiana Tropina moderated two animated and interactive sessions on the state of cybersecurity in Europe. The first session looked at the current initiatives in the area of cybersecurity, while the second focused on the possible ways forward.

Cybersecurity remains a topic that is hard to define. The discussion touched upon technical, governance and rights elements, and flowed between baseline principles and different operational aspects. The lack of clear definition makes the assessment of European cybersecurity efforts difficult, but our moderators succeeded in teasing out some of the good practices, concerns and frustrations that the participants had.

The participants recognised openness and transparency as fundamental, underlying principles for cybersecurity and as building blocks for trust. The multistakeholder model and rule of law based on democratic decision-making processes are already mainstream practices in most parts of Europe, but to what extent do they really prevail in the area of cybersecurity? The recent EU regulatory and policy initiatives on cybersecurity are a result of a democratic process. Open standards and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) represent a good practice as a transparent way of setting a global technical baseline for security. However, it was not so easy to find good practices reflecting these overarching principles in the world of governance. Many, especially government-led, cybersecurity platforms or partnerships are still not by default open to all, and those that are open tend to be fragmented and publicized within trusted communities.

So how can we continue to build trust between the different communities in Europe for the benefit of a more secure Internet? Users worry about identity and control of their own data, which raises questions vis-à-vis the private sector and government. The European public appears to partially expect that Internet security is a matter to be dealt with by governments. In the real world, however, Internet operators and companies are the first line of defence against cyber incidents. And users carry an important responsibility over their own behaviour and actions on the Internet. Hence, awareness raising and capacity building are key elements of a more secure Internet. The technical community can also help build bridges between different communities through training of, for example, law enforcement and other government departments.

During the sessions a couple of participants asked: should we reboot cybersecurity in Europe? Building common security strategies and solutions is a slow process, but there are clear signs of improved collaboration between the different stakeholder groups. The Internet is a decentralised network of networks, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to cybersecurity and no single party that can provide the solution. Building trust in the Internet; shared responsibility; and solutions built by consensus are in the heart of the Internet Society’s Collaborative Security approach, and these characteristics are reflected in the European discussions. So should we reboot? This is not necessary – we are already on the right track.

Image credit: Olaf Kolkman on Flickr

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EuroDIG 2016 – Internet Society Talking About Trust, Collaborative Security, Content and Zero Rating

Over the next two days (9-10 June), the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) takes place in Brussels, Belgium. With a theme of “Embracing the digital (r)evolution“, EuroDIG has a full agenda and Internet Society staff will be participating in many aspects of the programme.

For us, the highlight will be at 11:30 CEST on Thursday, June 9, when our President and CEO Kathy Brown opens the first Plenary with a keynote speech. She plans to speak about how we can use our Collaborative Security approach to build trust in the Internet. (Read her blog post for a preview of her session tomorrow.) Our Regional Bureau Director for Europe, Frédéric Donck, will be moderating that Plenary session and after her speech he will have a series of questions for Kathy and the other outstanding panelists. After a lunch, Frédéric will moderate a new session continuing this discussion and involving audience members.

All EuroDIG sessions will have live video streams so that even if you can’t be in Brussels you can still join us remotely. There are also Adobe Connect sessions available for remote participants who would like to ask questions or engage in the discussions.

Our EuroDIG event page has the links to more details about all our sessions, including the live stream links, but here is a quick overview.

In the afternoon on Thursday, at the same time that Frédéric is continuing the Plenary session discussion, Tommi Karttaavi, our Chapter Development Manager for Europe, will be a panelist in a session that, as someone involved with communications, I am personally looking forward to. Revisiting the idea that “Content is the king”, the session will explore the changing roles of media, search engines, business models and more. It will dive into the role of media as gatekeepers and the challenging questions around hate speech and the appropriate policies around content issues.

On Friday, we will have three simultaneous tracks with Internet Society participation.

Frédéric will be moderating two panels discussing the whole topic of “Zero Rating” – what is it? and what impact does it have? He has excellent panelists to dive deep into these topics and our colleague Konstantinos Komaitis will assist him as the session reporter.

Meanwhile, our Chief Internet Technology Office (CITO) Olaf Kolkman will be in a nearby room moderating two sessions about cybersecurity. In one session, his panel will be discussing whether security best practices are really the best approach and discussing the ideas around Collaborative Security. In the second session, the topic will be “the future of cybersecurity in Europe.” Maarit Palovirta, our Manager for European Regional Affairs, will be one of the panelists in that session.

Finally, in the 11:30-13:00 morning session Tommi will be a panelist in a session discussing the European Internet governance ecosystem and how it can be strengthened through existing initiatives and potential new ideas.

Beyond those sessions we’ll be actively engaged in discussions around improving Internet access, the Internet of Things (IoT), human rights and many other policy topics. Please watch our EuroDIG event page and follow us on social media.

I look forward to another exciting EuroDIG and invite you all to join us in this dialogue. Together we can shape the future of the Internet!

P.S. Due to a scheduling conflict, I am not attending EuroDIG in person. But thanks to the amazing opportunities provided by the Internet, I will be joining in using the different remote participation methods.

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Speaking About Internet Trust At EuroDIG 2016

How do we best work together to create an open, trusted Internet? That is a key question I will discuss in my opening keynote address tomorrow at the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG 2016).

As I wrote earlier in the week, the Africa Internet Summit in Botswana was a remarkable event. The energy and passion there was so strong. Africa is poised to take full advantage of the digital revolution and our week there has been productive.

I find it appropriate, then, that as I move from one continent to the other the theme of EuroDIG 2016 is “Embracing the digital (r)evolution“.

A critical difference, of course, is that in Europe access to the Internet is readily available. Europe has played an important role in this global “network of networks” since the dawn of the online era.

Europe is facing an important choice

The challenge Europe faces now is how to fully embrace that digital revolution while at the same time protecting its citizens online.

I understand the very real concerns. We are facing a global erosion of trust in the Internet right now due to security and privacy concerns. Each week we seem to hear of more massive data breaches. A recent survey in the US found that 45% of users had changed their behavior online because of their fears. Articles from around the world voice similar concerns.

Europe is facing an important choice between two different paths forward. One path leads to an open, trusted Internet and all the social and economic benefits it brings. The other path leads to an untrusted and increasingly closed off network that fails to drive growth and remains vulnerable to threats from outside. One path leads to opportunity, the other to stagnation.

The key is trust, and how to sustain the Internet as a fundamentally vibrant and trusted space. Yet, the challenge is that there is no magic answer. Governments alone cannot restore trust in the Internet. The private sector alone cannot do so. Neither can the engineers or the universities.

I worry, though, that some governments in Europe believe that they can solve the issues alone. Seeking to ensure their citizens are safe, they are taking actions that may have the unintended consequences of creating online barriers or fragmenting parts of the Internet.

Collaborative Security is the way forward

We cannot let this happen. We need to find ways that the benefits of the Internet economy get to everyone, everywhere.

We need to work together – all of us, not just governments or technical people alone – to restore trust in the Internet.

At EuroDIG I will speak of an approach we recommend called Collaborative Security. I will also speak about why the multistakeholder approach to Internet goverance is so critical.

I look forward to joining in this European dialogue on Internet governance and identifying opportunities to act. To not just talk about the need for better Internet governance, but to join together as governments, businesses, entrepreneurs and civil society to create the kind of Internet we all want. We need to work together to develop the collaborative consensus on how we get the Internet of Opportunity to survive, thrive and grow.

This is the critical work of our time!

Editor’s Note: You can watch Kathy Brown’s opening keynote via the EuroDIG live video stream on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 11:30am CEST (UTC+2).  For information about other Internet Society activities, please visit our EuroDIG 2016 event page.