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Sunday, December 17 • 09:00 - 14:00
Human rights based cybersecurity strategy

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A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: A pipe dream or a critical means to a secure and stable internet?
Pre-event to the 2017 Internet Governance Forum

Sunday, 17 December 2017
Centre International de Conférences Genève, Salle 4

Convened by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Centre for Communications Governance at National Law University Delhi (CCG), Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Derechos Digitales, Citizen Lab, Global Partners Digital (GPD), Internet Society (ISOC), UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and Privacy International

Download APC's briefing document on cybersecurity and human rights


09:00-09:15 Registration and welcome: Deborah Brown (APC)

09:15-10:15 Framing: What do we mean by a rights-based approach to cybersecurity? Is such an approach a pipe-dream, or an essential means to a secure and trusted internet?

Panelists:  Chinmayi Arun (CCG), Kathy Brown (ISOC), Marietje Schaake (European Parliament), Francisco Vera Hott (Privacy International)

Moderator:  Peggy Hicks (OHCHR)

10:15-11:45 Year in review: Overview of current initiatives in cybersecurity and stability.

A panel will provide basic outlines of current initiatives including the following: Group of Governmental Experts (GGE); London process (GCCS); Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC); Microsoft’s “Geneva Convention”, among others. Panellists will be asked to reflect on the extent to which these initiatives are or are not, adopting a “rights-based” approach.

Panellists: Mehwish Ansari (ARTICLE 19), Madeline Carr (Cardiff University); Lea Kaspar (GPD),  Kaja Ciglic (Microsoft); Markus Kummer (IGF Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity), and Chrystiane Roy (Government of Canada)

Moderator: Irene Poetranto (Citizen Lab)

11:45-12:15 Tea/coffee break

12:15-13:15 Deep dive on cybersecurity and human rights issues: What are the obvious risks and challenges? How do policy and norms impact on the human rights and security of people? What are the ‘not-so-obvious’ issues at stake? Who controls the mainstream cybersecurity narrative? Does this need to be challenged, and if so, how?

Panellists: Maarten van Horenbeeck (Technical community); Maryant Fernández (European Digital Rights Initiative); Maria Paz Canales (Derechos Digitales); Luis Fernando García (Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales)

Moderator: Lucie Krahulcova (AccessNow)

13:15-14:00 Closing remarks from event convenors outlining possible approaches towards consolidating a rights-based and inclusive approach to cybersecurity.

Speakers:  Sunil Abraham (Centre for Internet and Society) and Matthew Shears (GPD)

Moderator: Anriette Esterhuysen (APC)

Sunday December 17, 2017 09:00 - 14:00 CET
Salle 4 Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG)