[governance] Privacy: thematic workshop proposal for Rio submitted

Ralf Bendrath bendrath at zedat.fu-berlin.de
Sat Jun 30 18:06:30 EDT 2007

FYI: This workshop proposal was just submitted to the IGF secretariat on 
behalf of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Privacy (the online submission 
system seems to be working again).

Best, Ralf

Question 1: Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme.
"Protection of privacy as a component of cybersecurity"

Question 2: Provide the Name of the Organizer(s) of the workshop and their
Affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take
steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical

Ralf Bendrath, Dynamic Coalition on Privacy / University of Bremen

Bertrand de La Chapelle, Dynamic Coalition on Privacy / French Government

The organizers are members (Ralf Bendrath being a facilitator) of the IGF
dynamic coalition on privacy, which is the context in which this workshop
proposal was discussed and prepared. Tne Privacy Coalition consists of
more than 60 members from all stakeholder groups and all world regions. We
will make sure that the final program and list of presenters reflects this

We submit this workshop proposal as a thematic workshop on behalf of the
dynamic coalition on privacy.

Question 3: Why do you think the proposed theme is important?

"Security" will be a main theme of the IGF in 2007, and "privacy" will be
an important subset of this. Privacy and security are often seen as
conflicting goals, and in fact, a number of measures aimed at enhancing
security have weakened privacy protections in the last years. This
workshop will try to reconcile these two goals, by

* addressing the privacy implications of some current security measures
and technologies,
* discussing the object of security (the state, the corporation or other
corporate actor, the citizen or consumer, the technical infrastructure)
and the link to individual privacy,
* explaining and exploring ways to develop privacy-enhancing security
measures and technologies, and
* addressing the global public policy implications of this.

Question 4: Describe the workshop’s conformity with the Tunis Agenda in
terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

The proposed workshop thems is in line with the substantive parts of the
Tunis agenda, especially with
* paragraph 39 ("confidence and security in the use of ICTs by
strengthening the trust framework"),
* paragraph 42 ("measures undertaken to ensure Internet stability and
security, to fight cybercrime and to counter spam, must protect and
respect the provisions for privacy and freedom of expression"), and
* paragraph 46 ("ensure respect for privacy and the protection of personal
information and data").

Procedurally, the workshop is in line with paragraph 72 a), b), c), d),
f), g), h), i), and k) of the Tunis Agenda, as both internet governance
and privacy governance have further developed and increased in complexity
in recent times. Therefore, both require a connected multi-stakeholder

Question 5: Provide the Name and Affiliation of the panellists you are
planning to invite.

We are still working on this. The broad membership of the dynamic
coalition on privacy will ensure that the list of panelists encompasses
relevant actors in the field as well as a diversity of opinions.

Question 6: Describe the main actors in the field. Have you approached
them and asked whether they would be willing to participate in proposed

See answer to question 5.

Question 7: List similar events you have organized in the past.

Ralf Bendrath has organized a number of conferences and workshops on
issues related to privacy and security on the internet, including the two
privacy workshops at the IGF in 2006.

Bertrand de La Chapelle has a background in government service, business,
and civil society, and has organized a number of workshops on
multi-stakerholderism during the WSIS process. He also co-organized a
workshop of the dynamic coalition in Genva in February 2007.

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