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Igf Roundtable Balancing the Need for Security and Concern for Civil Liberties

Igf Roundtable Balancing the Need for Security and Concern for Civil Liberties

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Security threats are real. Governments are concerned about Cyber warfare and related threats, business entities suffer from cyber crime in various ways while the average user faces various forms of security threats online. These threats are real but the measures against these threats are considered disproportionate and happen to cause greater harm sometimes than the threats to be warded off. Moves to address the security concerns often result in breach of privacy, This round table was organized to bring together different points of view on Security and Privacy and encourage a free and unrestrained debate to look for convergence in some areas between the two sides. The roundtable approached this broadly with a view to define and enumerate concerns on both sides and look for unseen common grounds.
Security threats are real. Governments are concerned about Cyber warfare and related threats, business entities suffer from cyber crime in various ways while the average user faces various forms of security threats online. These threats are real but the measures against these threats are considered disproportionate and happen to cause greater harm sometimes than the threats to be warded off. Moves to address the security concerns often result in breach of privacy, This round table was organized to bring together different points of view on Security and Privacy and encourage a free and unrestrained debate to look for convergence in some areas between the two sides. The roundtable approached this broadly with a view to define and enumerate concerns on both sides and look for unseen common grounds.

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Report on the IGF Roundtable: Balancing the need for Security and the concerns for CivilLiberties
Security threats are real. Governments are concerned about Cyber warfare and related threats, business entities suffer from cyber crime in various ways while the average user faces various forms of security threats online. These threats are real but the measures against these threats are considered disproportionate and happen to cause greater harm sometimes than the threats to be warded off. Moves to address the security concerns often result in breach of privacy, This round table was organized to bring together different points of view on Security and Privacy and encourage a free and unrestrained debate to look for convergence in some areas between the two sides. The roundtable approached this broadly with a view to define and enumerate concerns on both sides and look for unseen common grounds.http://bit.ly/igf323 
Panelists:Alejandro Pisanty (Workshop Chair) Director General for Academic Computing Services of theNational University of Mexico (UNAM) and Member of the Board of Trustees of the InternetSocietyProf Dr.Wolfgang Benedek, Director of the Institute of International Law and InternationalRelations of the University of Graz, Austria and of the European Training and ResearchCentre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz (ETC)Steve Purser, Head of the Department of Technical Competence and Security, EuropeanNetwork and Information Security Agency (ENISA)Prof. Simon Davies, Founder and Director, Privacy International and visiting Senior Fellow,
 
London School of EconomicsBruce Schneier, "Security Guru" and Internationally renowned security technologist andWriter.Barrister Zahid Usman Jamil, Councilor of the ICANN Generic Names Supporting Organization(GNSO) and Member of the Mutlistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of the InternetGovernance ForumApologies:Katiza Rodriguez, EPIC.Robin Cross, IP Justice -Andres Piazza Jean-Marc Dinant
Audio Recording of the Workshop:
http://isocmadras.blogspot.com/2009/12/igf-worskhop-323-roundtable-balancing.html
Contact for further information
Sivasubramanian MuthusamyIsoc India Chennaiisolatednet@gmail.comWorkshop co-organized byElectronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
A brief substantive summary and the main issues that were identified:
Prof Dr.Wolfgang Benedek, Director of the Institute of International Law and InternationalRelations of the University of Graz, Austria and of the European Training and ResearchCentre for Human Rights and Democracy in Graz (ETC)When 9/11 happened, the reactions were to tighten security and to introduce new kinds of regulations. Our title is large, Security Vs Civil Liberties and balance could be refuted in acertain way. Why should we balance absolute human rights against security interests?
 
Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights does not contain anyqualifications. But Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights has certainpossibilities for restricting rights, in particular for public safety and security. But inInternational covenants, under article 4 a state has to declare a state of emergency tointroduce any restrictions. Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, thequalification is that such measures have to be necessary in a democratic society. We havecertain Standards developed by European court of human rights in Strasbourgh, on how todeal with such restrictions. Also the standards developed by the European Court arerestrictive on such restrictions.During the terror attack in 2009 in Mumbai, India, many International participants of the IGFHyderabad had to take a flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad despite adverse travel advisories.There is a certain measure of insecurity that we have to take into account in our world of today. You can not fully avoid risks. The anti terrorist legislation which we have seen overthe last few years are under the presumption that you can largely avoid risks and thereforeyou have to give away freedom in order to preserve security. We have given away quite agood part of our freedom but I am not sure of its effect on security. The hypothesis is thatthere is problem of proportionality between between the measures of restriction and thegains on security due to the measures.Steve Purser, Head of the Department of Technical Competence and Security, EuropeanNetwork and Information Security Agency (ENISA)One of the fundamental rights of citizens is the right to understand what is going on, but wedon't understand what is going on in terms of security. We use a lot of acronyms which arenot easy to grasp.Citizens have to develop Electronic Common sense - a way of behaving in electronic world if we have to make progress.Prof. Simon Davies, Founder and Director, Privacy International and visiting Senior Fellow,London School of EconomicsPrivacy was nascent and almost invisible as an advocacy stream twenty years ago. Over thepast twenty years people have developed a sense of privacy as a fundamental right, thoughnot as an absolute right. There are restrictions on privacy, there always have been. There isnothing different today from what it was twenty years ago or a few hundred years ago. WhatI sense is the emerging social contract which involves right to know, right to understand, theright to be brought into the equation of the way society works. That is part of the way

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