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Friday, November 13 • 11:00 - 12:30
WS 186 A multistakeholder and humanrights approach to cybersecurity

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As cybersecurity becomes an increasingly important issue on the international governance agenda, there is a need for an informed debate on the relationship between governance, security, and fundamental rights and freedoms online, involving all stakeholders, and particularly with respect to policy development.    

The purpose of the session is to share perspectives on the need for cybersecurity policy to be rights-respecting by design and to discuss and build on a set of recommendations from the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) WG 1 on “Internet free and secure” designed to bring human rights into cybersecurity policy development and decision-making.

The workshop comprises a panel segment, interactive breakouts and a closing segment.

On the panel:

Matthew Shears, Center for Democracy & Technology, FOC WG1 (moderator)

Uri Rosenthal, Special Envoy for International Cyber Policies, Government of the Netherlands (welcome video)

Eileen Donahoe, Human Rights Watch, FOC WG 1

Michael Walma, Cyber Coordinator, Department of Fooreign Affairs, Government of Canada

Audrey Plonk,  Director, Global Cybersecurity and Internet Governance Policy, Intel Corporation

Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director, Software Freedom Law Center

The breakouts will be fully interactive, involving the workshop participants in small focussed groups that will discuss the need for cybersecurity to be rights respecting by design and review and build on the recomendaitons from the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group.  Those attending the workshop are encouraged to review the draft recommendations in workshop documentation.  FOC WG 1 members will be moderating each breakout.

For further information on the work of the Freedom Online Coalition Working Group 1, including Mapping Cybersecurity – A visual overview of relevant global spaces in 2015 and the WG's blog series on cybersecurity, please go to:


Workshop rapporteur: Stefania Milan, Tilburg University, the Netherlands, Director of the Data J Lab, FOC WG 1
Remote participation: Aditi Gupta, Global Partners Digital

Session Organizers
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Matthew Shears

Global Internet Policy & Human Rights, CDT
Mr. Matthew Shears is Director for Global Internet Policy and Human Rights activities at the Center for Democracy and Technology’s (CDT). He has extensive experience in Internet and telecommunications policy and governance in the non-profit, public and private sectors. He was Internet... Read More →

Friday November 13, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 GMT-03
Workshop Room 5

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