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Cybersecurity and Human Rights: How can we protect the internet?

hosted by Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cybersecurity is commonly treated as a national security issue with the nation state considered to be the main actor. However, there have been increasing calls for a multi-stakeholder approach. Has this concept been applied successfully or has it just served as a lip service? How can we ensure that cyber security policies respect and support the right to privacy and the right to freedom in the digital sphere?

Leading experts from government, civil society, private sector, academia and development cooperation will discuss strategies for a human rights based approach to global cyber security. Do we need to shift from a state-centric to a people-centric approach? What role can development cooperation play to safeguard access to a safe, free and open internet in the Global South? How can we put users first? 



Isabel Rodde- Adviser, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany


Sven Herpig - Project Director, Transatlantic Cyber Forum, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, Germany 

Moctar Yedaly - Head of Information Society Department, African Union Commission, Ethiopia

Grace Githaiga - Co-Convenor Kenya ICT Action Network and Adviser Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, Global Partners Digital, Kenya

Cathleen Berger - Global Engagement Lead, Mozilla, Germany

Marcin de Kaminski - Policy Specialist Freedom of Expression/ICT, Sida, Sweden