DECODING THE DIGITAL DEBATE.
MARCH 31, 2017. TORONTO.

A one-day event on cyber security and digital rights.

ABOUT

The digital realm is wired into our everyday lives. While the internet has offered information liberation, economic opportunity and increased global connection, our reliance on it exposes us to threats from state and non-state adversaries. Opinions on these threats are widely debated: some believe a Cyber Pearl Harbour is imminent, others argue there is current cyber threat inflation. On the civilian side, there exists a tug-of-war between the right to privacy and domestic surveillance.

The Digital Debate is a highly contested arena, untangling the conflicting theoretical and practical debates requires thoughtful input from all sectors across each discipline.

As states work to navigate various legal and normative frameworks in cyberspace, comprehension on the various challenges is necessary.This one-day event will bring together actors from academia, think tanks, government, private sector and civil society to engage on topics from cyber war and state censorship of information to international law.

EVENT LOGISTICS

Friday, March 31, 2017

9:00am – 5:30pm

Munk School of Global Affairs

Boardroom and Library
315 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1W7

PANELS

PANEL 1: UNTANGLING THE NARRATIVE

The digital debate is a crowded space with contributors from each sector and discipline shaping emerging narratives. Yet, productive policymaking regarding all areas – from education and business to security – requires cooperation. This aims to illustrate a clearer narrative of the digital debate and where points of intersection may be identified.

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PANEL 2: UNDERSTANDING TECHNICAL CAPABILITIES IN CYBERSPACE

Computer networks and infrastructure are becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks and intrusions by people and organizations across entirely different jurisdictions. This panel will attempt to address these technical complexities and seek to find ways in which computer networks and infrastructure can be more resilient to attacks and intrusions.

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PANEL 3: SURVEILLANCE, CENSORSHIP & HUMAN RIGHTS ONLINE

This panel will hear from a variety of voices on the balance between national security and civil liberties, and how government surveillance and use of data analytics will affect a citizen’s privacy and rights.

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PANEL 4: A FRAMEWORK FOR INTERSTATE RELATIONS

This panel will explore the current theoretical and practical gaps in the cyber debate within international relations and evaluate the international legal frameworks applicable to cyberspace.

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EVENT SCHEDULE & CONTACT

Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am – 9:25am Breakfast
  • 9:30am – 11:00am PANEL 1
  • 11:05am – 11:15am Break
  • 11:20am – 12:50pm PANEL 2
  • 12:55pm – 1:40pm Lunch
  • 1:45pm – 3:15pm PANEL 3
  • 3:20pm – 3:30pm Break
  • 3:35pm – 5:05pm PANEL 4
  • 5:10pm – 5:20pm Concluding Remarks
  • 5:30pm End of Event

CONTACT

Email:  contact@digitaldebate.ca

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