Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security

GCIG – Toward a Social CompactThe Global Commission on Internet Governance (ourinternet.org) was established in January 2014 to articulate and advance a strategic vision for the future of Internet governance. The two-year project is conducting and supporting independent research on Internet-related dimensions of global public policy, culminating in an official commission report.

I was invited in June this year to discuss an interim statement – Toward a Social Compact for Digital Privacy and Security – with Dame Professor Wendy Hall and Sir David Omand at a Web Science Institute event.

The core elements advocated in building the new social compact are:

  1. Privacy and personal data protection as a fundamental human right
  2. The necessity and proportionality of surveillance
  3. Legal transparency and redress for unlawful surveillance
  4. Safeguarding online data and consumer awareness
  5. Big data and trust
  6. Strengthening private communications
  7. No back doors to private data
  8. Public awareness of good cyber-security practices
  9. Mutual assistance to curtail transborder cyber threats.

The full video of this session is available on YouTube. Here is what I had to say on behalf of the hi:project …

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