Strengthening accountability in cyberspace
Cyber-attacks and disinformation by malicious actors undermine stability and the proper functioning of our societies. The purpose of this session is to take stock of how to counter such activities and what other options exist – at diplomatic, legal and political levels – to make those responsible for such actions more accountable.
Q: International Law, Treaty Law, Convention Law has proven to be as effective and reliable as the national level cyber law that tries to protect us. In other panel discussions in this very same EU Cyber Forum it has been said the conviction on cybercrime is quite low. Accountability is needed to balance our Human Rights. I asked this because from a developing nation, Trinidad and Tobago, we need to get it right in creating our laws.
Q: How we deal with Fabricated and false attribution of cyber attack as an armed attack based on that a country can apply unilateral restrictive measure and military action against other country? What is a role of the UN and multilateralism in this regard to prevent conflicts in international level? (to Gerardo Isaac Morales Tenorio)
Q: What *specific* things/capabilities should states be transparent about? Thanks! (to Gerardo Isaac Morales Tenorio)
Q: Is there a concern over how cyber arms companies will respond to these actions, especially that they may be able to co-opt any civil society awareness movements? (to John Scott-Railton)
Q: How can we pursue accountability in cyberspace if some countries clearly consider themselves to be above law? Is accountability only for the weak states? (to Marietje Schaake)
Q: Anonymity is a tool often used by opposition in countries were human rights are not observed. It is their only protection. However, anonymity also offers protection to cyber-trolls and other people who abuse the system. What is a possible solution to this dilemma? (to Carmen Gonsalves)
Q: Public (State) and Private Sector needs to be accountable for their actions/non-actions. We are all aware of the allegations of Governments listening in on conversations without reasonable cause. We are all aware of A.I software made in the private sector that is listening on our conversations, for example, using phrases or words heard on your mobile device to target what ads we see. How do you hold the lawmaker accountable when they draft the law and not at the risk of being hypocrites, how does the State hold the private sector accountable when the State uses these same private sector's technologies. If we can't find a grounding on this, then we risk suffering an abeyance in the protection of our Human Rights.
Mokabberi from Iranian academic community
Q: Why do not we try to solve the anonymity problem in internet architecture layer? Acoutalility By Design can be is a solution for prevention of cyber crime and cyber conflicts. What is happening in this regards in cyber ecosystem? (to Marietje Schaake)
Q: The Netherlands has positioned itself as the fifth cyber power, according to Harvard's National Cyber Power Index in 2020. - How does this information translate into Dutch diplomatic efforts to be more resilient in the face of cyber attacks and misinformation from malicious actors? - What progress does the Netherlands want to see in EU actions in the fight against cyber attacks and disinformation in order to strengthen accountability in cyberspace? - Are the EU Cyber Tool Box measures, including sanctions, sufficient to respond to malicious cyber actors when some malicious actors find the EU predictable and its power appears to be limited to imposing sanctions? (to Carmen Gonsalves)
Q: How can we realistically evaluate the "disinformation" consequences (e.g. disinformation spread by Kremlin's Troll factories)? Do we give them more credit than they deserve? Hysteria vs facts. Also, please comment on recent events in Belarus and the actions of Sandvine (who knowingly sold technology to a dictator). Third Q: many are aware of propaganda outlets that spread disinformation and hate (e.g. Russia Today). Should these 'news' outlets exist or get banned on social media? (to John Scott-Railton)
EU Cyber Direct
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About the Organiser
About the Organiser
The EU Cyber Forum is funded by the European Union. The European Commission’s Service for Foreign Policy Instruments (FPI) puts EU foreign policy into action − fast and flexibly − in a policy-driven approach. It acts as first responder to foreign policy needs and opportunities, focusing on conflict prevention and peace, building alliances and leveraging the EU’s influence in the world. The Service plays a central role in implementing the European Commission’s political priorities in line with the EU’s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy.