How communities restore trust in the digital environment

10 November 2015 - A Workshop on Other in João Pessoa, Brazil


Over the past years, cyber security incidents have increased in frequency and magnitude be it due to human error, malware or crime. This development has negatively impacted on trust in the digital environment and led to a myriad of responses, some of which have raised questions as to whether they support the openness of and equitable access to the internet. The challenge now is to find solutions to restore the trust among those who use and rely on the internet for a variety of purposes (professional/business, private/social, public/government), while safeguarding freedom of expression and ensuring privacy. The domain name system is one of the fundamental building blocks of the internet. It depends on and is essential for the stability of the internet. The ccTLD community is strongly committed to the principles of openness, resilience, stability and security of the internet. Over the past three decades the ccTLD community has contributed to increasing cybersecurity, expanding and deepening the dialogue with local internet stakeholders and supporting the public good. The roundtable will bring together representatives of the ccTLD community and other internet stakeholders who are working towards increasing trust online. The objective is to showcase initiatives that local internet communities and ccTLDs have implemented. They include best-practice sharing and capacity-building, education courses on ICT literacy and awareness of cybersecurity threats for the local internet community, involving internet stakeholders (end-users, civil society, local authorities, businesses) in a dialogue on enhancing community connectivity and improving cooperation for a secure, reliable, stable and resilient internet.

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