Author Archives: ICT4Peace

Call for Global Open Consultations on the United Nations Cybersecurity Norms Proposal

ICT4Peace is honoured to have been invited to co-launch with Leiden University’s Program for Cyber Norms, the global open consultation on how to implement the United Nations’ Group of Governmental Experts’ Recommendations on Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace. Please find our Call for commentary and implementation guidelines on norms proposed in UN GGE 2015 report here.

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ICT4Peace presents Tech Against Terrorism project at OSCE in Vienna

ICT4Peace Foundation introduces the UN CTED-ICT4Peace Tech Against Terrorism Project at 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference On 23-24 May 2017 David Cliff and Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace were invited to participate in the 2017 OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference on “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism”. Hundreds of representatives of governments, civil society, and academia attended the Hofburg Palace in the heart of the Austrian capital. David Cliff spoke on the first day and introduced the UN CTED-ICT4Peace – Tech Against Terrorism project (www.techagainstterrorismproject.org), explaining to the hall that there are currently three main strands of the newly created project underway: In 2017 UN CTED and ICT4Peace are organising workshops especially for tech startup companies in London in partnership with Facebook, Google, Twitter, Microsoft and others and plan to extend this work beyond the UK in due course including other locations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, to address the issue of preventing the use of ICTs for terrorist purposes; The project will also facilitate the provision of operational support to technology startups on both the technical and legal aspects (e.g

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Field report: Workshops on strategic communications & CVE in Balkans

As we posted recently, the ICT4Peace Foundation, with CIJA US in cooperation with BIRN and Talks 2.0 is conducting a series of interactive, hands-on workshops in the Balkans to support community leaders, civil society, independent media and technologists with online communication strategies to effectively respond to online dangerous content in their communities. With direct guidance and feedback, participants leave the workshops with practical ideas about how to carry their project ideas forward. Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor at the Foundation, is one of the two lead trainers for these workshops

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Promoting Norms of Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace

The Cyber Security Agency (CSA) of Singapore, in collaboration with ICT4Peace Foundation, held the inaugural ASEAN Cyber Norms Workshop in Singapore from 8 to 9 May 2017 under the auspices of Singapore’s ASEAN Cyber Capacity Programme. This Workshop aimed at launching a regional conversation on the promotion of(1) norms of responsible behaviour by states and non-state actors in the cyberspace, and (2) the use of ICTs for peaceful purposes by providing an opportunity for participants from ASEAN countries to receive updates on and discuss significant recent developments in international cybersecurity norms discussions, including those at the UN Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) on Developments in the field of Information and Telecommunications in the context of International Security.

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Strategic Communications Workshops on Dangerous Content Response in the Balkans

Based on extensive experience and work around countering violent extremism online in Asia, the ICT4Peace Foundation’s Special Advisor Sanjana Hattotuwa was invited to be a key resource person and trainer in a series of workshops in the Balkans around effectively countering extremism, hate speech and intolerance online. These workshops, organized by CIJA US in cooperation with BIRN and Talks 2.0 aims to support community leaders, civil society, independent media and technologists with online communication strategies to effectively respond to online dangerous content in their communities. With direct guidance and feedback, participants will leave the workshop with practical ideas about how to carry their project ideas forward

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ICT4Peace on Tech against Terrorism at 2017 Lomonosov Moscow State University Conference in…

Adam Hadley and Daniel Stauffacher from ICT4Peace participated on 24 April 2017 in the 2017 International Forum and Scientific Conference of the International Information Security Research Consortium in Garmisch — Partenkirchen, Germany, hosted by Lomonosov Moscow State University Institute of Information Security Issues. ICT4Peace is a member the Consortium.

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ICT4Peace on ICTs and Human Rights Protection

ICT4Peace was invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRs) to participate in the consultations on its Management Plan 2018-2021. The comments of ICT4Peace’s Sanjana Hattotuwa in response to the questions posed by OHCHR can be found here and are as the follows: I. From your perspective what are the challenges and opportunities for positive human rights change in the current global context?

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Swiss “Partners in Dialogue” panel on “Geopolitics and Cyberspace: Current Risks and…

ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher was invited by the Mission of Switzerland to the European Union and the Mission of Switzerland to NATO in Brussels to moderate a high-level panel on “Geopolitics and Cyberspace: current Risks and Challenges” on 30 March 2017 in Brussels. The Swiss ‘Partners in Dialogue’ discussion evening aimed to bring together high-profile decision-makers from Nato and EU as well as Switzerland to deepen the discussion on cyber risks. The following experts participated in the discussion: Mr

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Workshop on strategic social media communications in Myanmar

Sanjana Hattotuwa, Special Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation, was tasked with the design and leading the delivery of a bootcamp workshop for seventeen individuals, comprising of six different teams, from across Myanmar, as part of a social media fellowship programme supported by Phandeeyar, an award winning innovation lab that is spearheading the development of Myanmar’s tech ecosystem. In various capacities, Sanjana has worked or interacted with Phandeeyar’s outreach and training programs on social media, countering violent extremism, social media verification and other related aspects for over two years. The social media fellowship programme, which will last five months, saw the selection of six teams from over thirty that had applied, interested in working around issues related to countering violent extremism, social justice, the freedom of expression, youth advocacy, as well as tackling fake news and the spread of hate speech.

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Tech Against Terrorism launches to build bridges between technology companies and governments

(BRUSSELS) A new initiative launches this week at RightsCon to help tech startups counter the use of technology to support terrorism. Tech Against Terrorism, a joint project between The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and the Swiss NGO ICT4Peace will provide them with tools and tactics, the ability to learn from each other, and global networking and other opportunities to engage with governments more effectively. Tech businesses are under pressure to prevent their platforms from being used for terrorist purposes, and to provide access to law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

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New Media Course: Tools & Techniques for Risk Assessment and Crisis Management

Delivered successfully and to wide acclaim by participants since 2013. Next edition: 21 – 25 August 2017 in Stans in Switzerland The challenge is given the rapidly increasing deluge of information from multiple sources and in real time, finding actionable, verified intelligence contributing to efficient and effective responses, risk management and decision making. This course introduces participants to a variety of new and social media tools, platforms and apps used in the collection, presentation, verification and dissemination of critical information in a timely manner

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Update on ICT4Peace Activities: March 2017

Access our latest newsletter anchored to the Foundation’s activities around cybersecurity, training, collaborations and strategic input to processes dealing with technology and peacebuilding here. Download the newsletter as a PDF here.

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Women, Technology & Partnerships – Countering Terrorist use of the Internet

ICT4Peace in cooperation with UN CTED and the Secdev Foundation co-hosted a conference on “Women, Technology & Partnerships – Countering Terrorist use of the Internet” in Ottawa, Canada. This event was supported by the Government of Canada and CIC National Capital Branch, and is part of the UNCTED/ICT4Peace current global engagement project working with industry, and key stakeholders to develop community standards around the prevention of violent extremism online consistent with UN principles, including the Universal declaration of human rights. The program can be found here and also below.

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CTED and ICT4Peace continue to work on countering online presence of terrorist organizations

On 23 February 2017, Daniel Stauffacher of ICT4Peace, along with Steve Crown of Microsoft, Peter Stern of Facebook, Miguel Sanchez of Telefonica and Tara Hairston of Kaspersky, provided an update to the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in New York on the main findings and recommendations of joint UN CTED-ICT4Peace report: “Private Sector Engagement in Responding to the Use of the Internet and ICT for Terrorist Purposes Strengthening Dialogue and Building Trust”. According to the plan of action for 2017, Daniel Stauffacher proposed that efforts will concentrate on two of the nine core recommendations from Phase 1 of the project, namely to (i) continue to strengthen dialogue on the emerging normative framework by means of multi-stakeholder engagement through the convening of a regular programme of global stakeholder workshops, and (ii) to establish a Global Knowledge Sharing and Capacity Building Platform focused on emerging policies and effective practice.

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