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Thursday, September 4 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
WS47: Enhancing Digital Trust in the Post-Snowden Era [CB]

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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


Gordon Smith

Deputy Chair, Global Commission on Internet Governance
Spent most of my career in Canadian Government including periods as Deputy Minister and Ambassador to NATO. Associated with Centre for International Governance Innovation for more than a decade. PhD in Political Science from MIT.


Moez Chakchouk

Chairman & CEO, The Tunisian Internet Agency (ATI)
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Marilia Maciel

Digital Policy senior researcher, DiploFoundation
Ms Marília Maciel is a Digital Policy Senior Researcher at DiploFoundation. She previously was a researcher and coordinator of the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation (CTS/FGV) in Rio de Janeiro. She serves as a councilor at ICANN´s Generic Names Supporting... Read More →
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Chris Riley

Director of Public Policy, Mozilla
Chris Riley is the Director of Public Policy at Mozilla, working to advance the open internet through public policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, coalition building, and community engagement. Prior to joining Mozilla, Chris worked as a program manager at the U.S. Department... Read More →
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Carolina Rossini

Policy Manager, Facebook
Carolina Rossini is a Brazilian lawyer and policy advocate, working on the impact of the internet on development, human rights, intellectual property and telecommunications law and policy. She works at Facebook on the Global Connectivity Policy Team. Before joining Facebook, Carolina... Read More →

Remote Moderators

Samantha Bradshaw

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), and the Global Commission on Internet Governance
Samantha Bradshaw is a Research Assistant at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo Canada, and a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Secretariat. Samantha is interested in a wide variety of Internet governance issues, including intellectual... Read More →

Thursday September 4, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Workshop Room 07 (Rumeli Terrace / Halic)

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