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How do we build trust between engineers and politicians in securing the Internet of Things (IoT)?

Thursday 22 March 2018 at House of Lords, Westminster 14.30


The Internet of Things is transforming the way we communicate, relax and do business. But as the number of Internet-enabled devices surges, so do the challenges associated with keeping devices and networks secure. While technologists have been preparing for many years, legislators and policymakers from around the global, are in the midst of looking at certification, awareness raising and potentially legislation to ensure that the rise of IoT will not increase further the risks of cyber-attacks.

More widely, the Internet has become headline news, and legislative proposals that have a potential bearing on the technology are multiplying all over the world. In order to build an IoT that is safe but also make the most of the benefits that the technology can bring, with legislation that does not inadvertently impede the technical functioning and potential of the Internet, it is essential that legislators engage in direct dialogue with technologists, industry and other stakeholders.

As the leading standards body for the Internet, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) holds its 101st meeting in London, Baroness Neville-Jones, Chair of the DPA’s Cyber Group, the DPA and ISOC England invite you to join them at the House of Lords for a panel discussion.

Panellists (confirmed): Baroness Neville-Jones; Alissa Cooper (Chair, Internet Engineering Task Force); Ted Hardie (Chair, Internet Architecture Board); Olaf Kolkman (Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society) and David Conrad (CTO, ICANN). The panel will be chaired by Desiree Miloshevic (ISOC).

Please note:  This event is FULLY BOOKED. A report will be made shortly afterwards


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Chatham House Panel Discussion: Do We Still Trust the Internet?

Over the past few years, there has been a clear shift towards greater ‘securitization’ of the Internet, where security is less about personal data integrity and network resilience, and more about national security and political control. This is evident through the practice of Internet shutdowns, data localization policies, attacks on the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and encryption backdoors.

At this event, held in partnership with Chatham House, participants discussed the trend towards ‘securitization’, its implications and how to strengthen trust in the Internet. They also announced the December 2017 edition of the Chatham House Journal of Cyber Policy, produced in partnership with the Internet Society.

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Fake News: annoying symptom or life-threatening disease? replay

The replay of this event held 13th July 2017 is now available.

with thanks to Joly MacFie, Olivier Crépin-Leblond and participants at the event.

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Fake News: annoying symptom or life-threatening disease? Location: The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists 39a Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7JN

The UK Chapter of the Internet Society and Cloudflare, Inc. invite you
to the forthcoming Event:

Fake News: annoying symptom or life-threatening disease?
Location: The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
39a Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7JN

Date: Thursday 13 July 2017
Time: doors open at 17:30 for an 18:00 start

Fake news has been a buzzword since the US election provoked a debate at
presidential level. But fake news are neither new, nor are they
geographically constrained to the United States. This global topic
stretches the limits of self-regulation as stakeholders grapple with
identifying “fake news” and figuring out what might be done about it.
From the traditional Press to blogs, short messages and on-line videos,
this topic has challenged everyone, from human editors to machine
algorithms, from Roman times until now.

We have assembled a Team of academics, journalists, content and social
media industry, civil society and politicians to discuss fake news with
our audience.

Moderator: Maria Farrell


Joanna Kulesza, PhD, assistant professor of international law
and Internet governance, Faculty of Law and Administration, University
of Lodz, Poland(remotely): introduction / scene setting
Dominic Connor, Journalist: fake news in the Press
Karim Palant, Public Policy Manager UK, Facebook: industry approach
Gabrielle Guillemin, Senior Legal Officer, Article 19: impact on
democracy & freedom of expression
Philip Virgo Advisory Board Digital Policy Alliance: impact on politics

Spaces are limited so please register at: Eventbrite

The discussion will be followed with a networking wine/canapé reception
at approximately 8pm.

Remote Participation:

Topic: Fake News: annoying symptom or life-threatening disease?
Time: Jul 13, 2017 6:00 PM London (17:00 UTC)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
Or iPhone one-tap (United Kingdom Toll):  +442036950088,,754626574#
Or Telephone:
Dial: +44 (0) 20 3695 0088 (United Kingdom Toll)
Meeting ID: 754 626 574
International numbers available:

More details about Panellists:

Joanna Kulesza, PhD
assistant professor of international law and Internet governance
Faculty of Law and Administration, University of Lodz, Poland
website: LinkedIn Page
latest publication: “Due Diligence in International Law” (BRILL) 
A short bio can be found here: ICANN_WIKI Page
Opening points:

Dominic Connor
Has held most IT jobs at some point, Test Director at PC Magazine, writing for The Register, debugging operating systems for IBM & Microsoft, Head of IT in Financial Markets, Director of HM Treasury’s Secure Wide Area Network, expert witness in computer crime and lecturer in programming. He is currently Chairman of the Real Time Club, vice Chairman of the Conservative Technology Forum and Founder of the Random Walkers.
More information on: LinkedIn Page

Karim Palant
Public Policy Manager UK, Facebook.
More information on: LinkedIn Page

Gabrielle Guillemin
Gabrielle is Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19, an international free speech organisation based in London. She focuses on digital rights issues. Prior to ARTICLE 19, Gabrielle worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights.
More information on: LinkedIn Page

Philip Virgo
First used an open access, world-wide messaging service in 1968, originator of the Micros in School Programme in 1979, joined ISOC in 1995, has blogged as “When IT Meets Politics” since 2008 .
More information on: LinkedIn Page

The recording of this event held 13th July 2017 is now available.

with thanks to Joly MacFie, Olivier Crépin-Leblond and participants at the event.

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Webinar on a Policy Framework for an Open and Trusted Internet

(Links to the Recording at the bottom of the page)

In preparation for the European Chapters meeting (22-23 February 2017) we will have a 90 minutes Webinar / Conference call on Tuesday 14 February 2017 from 6pm to collect input from participants about the ways in which ISOC UK can/should engage with the theme of User Trust.

In June 2016 ISOC published a working paper “A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet” outlining the four interrelated dimension to be considered when developing policies for the internet.

The aim of the European Chapters meeting is to build on this and identify specific areas related to User Trust that ISOC should prioritise and focus on when engaging with policy maker to build a trusted Internet.

The specific discussions around User Trust that have been proposed for the meeting are:

  • Ethical data handling
  • Privacy
  • Data breaches
  • Examples of collaborative security in action
  • Internet of Things – implications for security, privacy, control (who control which aspect of the device: user vs. service provider), liability in case of problems, longevity (e.g. devices embedded in infrastructure)
  • Digital Literacy – the need for people to understand basic aspects of how the internet, and digital services, work in order to: improve cybersecurity; be able to give informed consent to personal data usage; understand the implications of proposed legislation (e.g. snoopers charter); …
  • User generated content moderation – how to approach the issues related to fake news and editorial responsibility
  • An overview of the situation in Russia

Other areas of User Trust that might be especially relevant for ISOC UK could be:

  • Government surveillance powers (implications and legal challenges to the Investigative Powers Act)
  • The impact of nation-first, anti-globalization movement (Brexit)
  • Governance of the platform economy (e.g. Uber, Deliveroo), i.e. classification as ‘tech’ company to avoid regulations

Which areas should we prioritize? The chapters meeting is only one and a half days long so time is limited.

Looking beyond the European Chapters meeting, what kind of follow-up activities should ISOC UK pursue, e.g. digital literacy 101 for parliamentarians?

Topic: Internet Society UK and User Trust – Webinar
Time: Feb 14, 2017 6:00 PM London



  1. Welcome, housekeeping and introduction (Olivier Crépin-Leblond – 5 minutes)
  2. Summary of the Internet Society working paper “A policy framework for an open and trusted Internet” (Ansgar Koene – 20 minutes)
    1. Presentation Slide Deck: PPTX / PDF
  3. Setting the scene for the discussion – questions to participants and discussion (Olivier Crépin-Leblond – 50 minutes)
  4. Conclusions (Ansgar Koene – 10 minutes)
  5. Next Steps (Olivier Crépin-Leblond – 5 minutes)
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Invitation to participate on role of algorithms in mediating access to information

Invitation to join the UnBias project stakeholder panel

ISOC UK participants interested in the increasing role of algorithms in mediating access to information are invited to join the UnBias project stakeholder panel.

The UnBias project [] aims to develop recommendations for the regulation, design and education related to the role of algorithms in mediating access to information (e.g. search engines, recommender systems).

As part of our project we are running a series of online and offline stakeholder engagement activities. We invite stakeholders from academia, education, government, civil society, media, industry and entrepreneurs to join us in exploring the causes and remedies for unjustified/unintended algorithm bias and its impact of user trust. More details about the stakeholder engagement workshops is available at:

If you are interested in joining our stakeholder activities, please contact