Follow-up Webinar on a Policy Framework for an Open and Trusted Internet

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.

In preparation for the European Chapters meeting (22-23 February 2017) we had 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 – a link to its recording can be found below.

The European Chapters meeting then took place in Amsterdam.

The UK Chapter’s representative Dr. Ansgar Koene then presented a Webinar with a full report about this meeting and we would like to thank him for representing our Chapter. Dr. Koene was a key contributor at the Amsterdam meeting.

Call details:
Topic: Webinar on a Policy Framework for an Open and Trusted Internet
Time: Thursday, 9 March 2017 7:00 PM Universal Time UTC
The topics were structured along the four main topics of the meeting:
1. Data Breach reporting;
2. Editorial responsibility for online content;
3. Collaborative security;
4. Security of IoT devices.

The recording of this call can be found here:

As a reminder, the pre-meeting Webinar was on:

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

  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)


More information about the process:

The aim of the European Chapters meeting was 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 were:

  • 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?