IGF 2018 WS #351
Improving trust through human rights oriented cybersecurity

Organizer 1: Leandro Ucciferri, Asociación por los Derechos Civiles
Organizer 2: Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Privacy International

Speaker 1: Amalia Toledo, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Leandro Ucciferri, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Mukasa Dorothy, Civil Society, African Group
Speaker 5: Barbara Marchiori, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization


Francisco Vera, Advocacy Officer, Privacy International

Online Moderator

Carolina Botero, Director, Fundación Karisma


Amalia Toledo, Project Coordinator, Fundación Karisma


Round Table - 90 Min


The speakers in this session work on cybersecurity policy issues in their home countries, so they are in a privileged position to speak first-hand about the local experience in relation to the session’s theme.

In fact, some of the speakers have participated in or follow up national cybersecurity policy development and implementation processes. In addition, the OAS representative is currently leading the organization's program, which is responsible, among other things, for providing technical assistance to Latin American states in the formulation of their policies.

We expect to be able to identify a government representative as soon as we know who will be participating in the IGF to also include the IGF's vision.

List of proposed speakers:

- Leandro Ucciferri, Lawyer & Researcher, ADC (Argentina, CSO)
- Barbara Marchiori, Cybersecurity Programme Officer, OAS (Brasil, IGO)
- Dorothy Mukasa, Unwanted Witness (Uganda, CSO)
- Eireann Leverett, (UK, Technical Community)
- Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion, Advocacy Officer, Privacy International (Belgium, CSO)
- Government representative (to be decided)


The speakers represent various geographic areas (Latin America, Africa, and Europe), in addition to the fact that we considered that the roundtable has an acceptable gender balance. As for the stakeholders, we'll have representatives of the civil society, an international organization and the technical community.

States’ capabilities to obtain massive amounts of data from their citizens have been a growing concern in recent years. Questions arise around the legal frameworks and the procedures in place that allow institutions to display these capabilities, as well as the potential for abuses. These are substantial issues, considering that the bodies in charge of the data collection, interception of communications, surveillance and cybersecurity tasks are often inherited from governments by governments that have been characterized by their opaque methodologies, the application of disproportionate means (and thus, disproportionate data collection), excessive secrecy, lack of transparency, and a long history in unpunished human rights violations.

In this session, we want to share experiences of collaboration in the construction of public policies on cybersecurity among governments, intergovernmental organizations such as the OAS and civil society.

We also want to answer questions such as What is needed for states to recognize that cybersecurity is a human rights issue? Is the widespread and increasingly close relationship between the private and public sectors an obstacle for the participation of civil society in policy-making?

The roundtable will begin with 3 minutes of opening remarks of the moderator to introduce the objectives of the discussion and the speakers. This will be followed by 15 minutes of questions proposed by a speaker to another speaker in the roundtable in order to foster a discussion. Afterward, the floor will be open for further questions and comments from the audience and remote participants. The last 5 minutes will be used as a wrap-up.

Cybersecurity policies and laws are being implemented across several countries, including many in the developing world. Most of them declare as one of their main objectives, to increase user trust, which is closely related with effective human rights protections.

How can governments, intergovernmental organizations and civil society work together to develop human rights-based cybersecurity policies?

Online Participation

Social media and hashtags will be used in order to encourage remote participation and collect comments/questions from remote participants. This will be particularly enhanced two weeks prior to the event so that participants can schedule it accordingly and reinforce it daily the week prior to the session through the speakers social media. These questions will be forwarded to the session moderator. A pad also will be created in order to reflect the key issues raised during the discussions and will allow these discussions to be available for remote participants.