Enhancing Digital Trust in the Post-Snowden Era

04 September 2014 - A Workshop on Istanbul,Turkey


IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Enhancing Digital Trust


Different actors have different responsibilities when it comes to establishing trust in the digital world. In government, trust is what you have, or do not have towards other governments. It is also how well you protect your citizens from threats (both foreign and domestic), and maintain rule of law. Establishing trust in the digital world is a complex task for states because national borders become indistinct.

When the state seeks to enforce its jurisdiction within its own borders, that exercise (at least in liberal democracies) is constrained by human rights, reasonable limits and judicial oversight – all of these taken together to be the rule of law. However, difficulties arise when states exercise their jurisdiction extraterritoriality by intercepting communications taking place within the territory of other states, or by combating cybercrime.

Most actors would articulate a view that the NSA went too far in their pursuit of national security; however, large scale cybercrime activities demonstrate a need for states to exercise jurisdiction extraterritoriality, to secure evidence and punish offenders located in different states. This creates a paradox: if states do too much in the digital world (i.e. overly aggressive bulk data collection) it can erode digital trust, and if they do too little (i.e. cooperation on cybercrime) it also erodes digital trust.

This panel seeks to address this paradox by asking: how we, as a digital society, should draw the lines around what activities should be permitted by states in name of national security and those that should be considered offensive? This panel hopes to identify principles that guide how lines are drawn around surveillance. These principles will reflect the diverse range of views in the Internet community.

Panel introduction by the moderator
Introductory remarks by each panelist
Panel moderator to pose a set of questions to the panel
Moderator will open the floor to questions from attendees and remote participants
Concluding remarks by the panelists
Moderator to conclude the panel

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Samantha Bradshaw
Civil Society
Centre for International Governance Innovation

Marilia Maciel
Civil Society
Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation

Caroline Baylon
Civil Society
The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


Type of session


Duration of proposed session

60 Minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Cyber Security #Surveillance #Human Rights #Privacy

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

1) Moez Chakchouk
Private Sector
Tunisia Internet Agency
Speaker Confirmed

2) Carolina Rossini
Civil Society
New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute
Speaker Confirmed

3) Carl Fredirk Wettermark
Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Speaker Confirmed

4) Chris Riley
Private Sector
Speaker Confirmed

5) Marillia Maciel
Civil Society
FGV (Vargas Foundation)
Speaker Confirmed

Name of Moderator(s)

Gordon Smith

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Samantha Bradshaw (confirmed)

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

This panel is designed to encourage an open dialog and exchange of ideas between the participants. It is envisioned that each of the panelists will provide a brief introductory comment (of 5 minutes), which will then be followed by a question and answer period, engaging audience members, remote attendees and other panelists. The Moderator will ensure that there is equal distribution of time allocated to differing view-points, to ensure a robust discussion and inclusive discourse. Moreover, the panelists have been selected to represent and embody geographic, cultural and gender diversity, as well as the diversity in stakeholder type, with representation from civil society, the private sector, the academy, and government.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) plans to engage and include remote attendees using a combination of video and social media technologies. This will allow the CIGI IGF panel content to be shared in real time around the world to all those who wish to participate. To keep the workshop lively and accessible to all, remote attendees will be able to chat throughout the workshop with other remote attendees. During the Q&A periods of the workshop, remote attendees will be given an equal opportunity to directly engage with local workshop participants.

If bandwidth conditions are suitable, the CIGI IGF panel will be fully streamed using both audio and video. In the event that bandwidth is problematic, a low bit-rate audio stream will be provided. The full audio and video of the CIGI IGF panel will be made available and distributed online to all those unable to attend remotely or in person

Background paper

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