Session 1B

Distributed security in a national context

May 22, 14.00–15.30, Riddarsalen, #session1b

“Can tweeting get me arrested?”
“How do business or government requests for take-down of online content affect my behaviour on the net?”

This panel aims to explore the security issues and human rights concerns in the day-to-day interactions in society.

The multistakeholder perspective on internet issues provides an inherent assumption of distributed security provided by many different actors. Therefore, citizens’ ability to safeguard personal integrity and security on the internet needs to improve. This is an essential part of internet freedom. Building capacity in civil society in this respect is crucial for all aspects of security and freedom. Accountability, transparency, oversight and democratic legitimacy are needed in order to protect and promote open, free and secure societies that can benefit fully from new information and communication technologies (ICTs), while ensuring the security of populations.

Several important aspects come into play. How can citizens’ ability to control their integrity online be preserved in relation to businesses and states? How should businesses approach government requests for user data or takedown of online content, and how can businesses protect themselves? How can public measures limiting internet users’ freedom be made visible for scrutiny? How can democratic structures be applied and implemented to provide security on the internet, given its complex crosscutting and boundless nature? Under which principles and framework should citizens, civil society, business and government articulate their interests, exercise their legal rights, meet their obligation and mediate their differences in order to protect and promote open, free and secure societies that are capable of ensuring the rights and security of their own populations?


bertrandBertrand de La Chapelle, Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, Member of the Board of Directors at ICANN.

Bertrand de LA CHAPELLE is Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project ( at the International Diplomatic Academy in Paris. He is also a Director on the ICANN Board since 2010.

From 2006 to 2010, he was France’s Thematic Ambassador and Special Envoy for the Information Society, participating in all WSIS follow-up activities and Internet governance processes, including in particular the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), and was a Vice-Chair of ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

Between 2002 and 2005, he actively participated in the World Summit on the Information society (WSIS) to promote dialogue among civil society, private sector and governments, including as Director of the collaborative platform WSIS-online. An engineer, diplomat and civil society actor, he also has nine years of private sector experience, including as co-founder and President of Virtools, now a subsidiary of CAD company Dassault Systèmes.

Bertrand de La Chapelle is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1978), Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1983) and Ecole nationale d’Administration (1986)


ron-bio2Ron Deibert, Director, Director at the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies, University of Toronto

Ron Deibert, (OOnt, PhD, University of British Columbia) is Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Definition cialis at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects.

Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc. He has published numerous articles, chapters, and books on issues related technology, media, and world politics.

Deibert has been a consultant and advisor to governments, international organizations, and civil society/NGOs on issues relating to cyber security, cyber crime, online free expression, and access to information. He presently serves on the editorial board of the journals International Political Sociology, Security Dialogue, Explorations in Media Ecology, Review of Policy Research, and Astropolitics.

Dunja-MijatovicDunja Mijatovic, OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

Dunja Mijatovi?, who was appointed OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media in early 2010, is an expert in media law and regulation from Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998, as one of the founders of the Communications Regulatory Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she helped create a legal, regulatory and policy framework for the media in a complex post-war society. She was also involved in setting up a self-regulatory Press Council and the first Free Media Helpline in South East Europe. She has previously chaired the European Platform of Regulatory Agencies, and the Council of Europe’s Group of Specialists on freedom of expression and information in times of crisis. As an expert on media and communications legislation, she has worked in Armenia, Austria, Iraq, Jordan, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, Morocco and the United Kingdom.

mattperault.jpgMatt Perault, Public policy manager, Facebook

Matt Perault manages the company’s strategy on global policy issues. Prior to joining Facebook, Matt was Counsel at the Congressional Oversight Panel. He previously worked on privatization policy as a consultant at the World Bank and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Matt holds a law degree from Harvard Law School, Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University.

lynnstamourLynn St Amour, President/CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC)

Lynn St. Amour is President and CEO of the Internet Society.  She joined the Internet Society in 1998 as Executive Director of its Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) division, and was responsible for international expansion. She became the global Executive Director and COO in 1999 and held that position until her appointment as President and CEO in February of 2001.

St. Amour significantly expanded the Internet Society, establishing it as an internationally respected expert on Internet governance, and technical, development, and policy issues affecting the Internet. She is a frequent speaker at Internet conferences, an active participant in many United Nation’s organizations and agencies as well as the World Economic Forum, and she serves on numerous boards of global organizations.

St. Amour has extensive experience in global IT and international business.  Her background includes positions at the highest levels in international sales and marketing, strategic planning, partner management, and manufacturing.  Prior to joining the Internet Society, she was director of Business Development and Joint Venture Operations for AT&T’s Europe, Middle East, and Africa division.  Earlier in her career, she was a Strategic Alliance Director for Digital and led Digital’s corporate manufacturing restructuring efforts as the leader of the worldwide Capacity Management Team.

A graduate of the University of Vermont, St. Amour began her career in information technology with the General Electric Corporation.

Eric King, Head of Research, Privacy International