Global Internet Governance - Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies

2023 Programme

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Day 1 – Monday 15 May 2023

09:00-09:30 – Registration and Welcome of Participants

09:30-10:00 – Welcome Session
Speakers: TBA

10:00-11:00 – Keynote Session – New Frontiers of Cybersecurity Governance
Keynote Speaker: Laura DeNardis, Professor and Endowed Chair in Technology, Ethics, and Society, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Chair: Meryem Marzouki, Global Internet Governance & Digital Rights Expert, Paris, France
Description: Cybersecurity is already a great human rights issue of our time, necessary for democracy, economic stability, privacy, and national security. As the internet leaps from digital screens into both infinitesimally small objects and astronomically large spaces, cybersecurity governance also moves into new, even more consequential spaces. In this keynote address, Dr. DeNardis explores three of these new cyber terrains - quantum-internet entanglements, the internet of things, and the emerging solar system internet - and examines how cybersecurity governance must adapt to shape a resilient and ethical human future.

11:00-11:30 – Coffee Break

11:30-13:00 – Presentations Session 1 – Cybersecurity Public Policies: Case studies from Italy, Estonia and South Africa
Chair: Maria Stella Righettini, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Performance Evaluation, University of Padova, Italy
- Digital (siege) State. The Digitization of Italian Public Administration and Cybersecurity
Giuseppe Borriello and Gaia Fristachi, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
- Absorption Capacity and Policy Learning to Foster Cybersecurity Sustainability in the Public Sector
Giancarlo Vecchi and Jonathan Kamkhaji, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- The Evolution of Cybersecurity Policy in Italy: How Does Post-Crisis Learning Work?
Simone Busetti and Francesco Maria Scanni, University of Teramo, Italy
- Government Decision-Making in the Aftermath of Cybersecurity Crises Affecting e-Governance: Lessons from Estonia
Logan Carmichael, University of Tartu, Estonia
- For Your Own Good: Securitisation and Digital Exclusion of People with Disabilities in South Africa
Lorenzo Dalvit, Rhodes University, South Africa

13:00-14:30 – Lunch

14:30-16:30 – Stakeholders Roundtable – Cyber Resilience and the Geopolitics of Cybersecurity
Co-Chairs: Joanna Kulesza, Professor of International Law, University of Lodz, Poland & Director of Lodz Cyber Hub, and Mauro Santaniello, Assistant Professor of Internet Governance and Digital Policy, University of Salerno, Italy
- Berna Akcali Gur, Lecturer in Outer Space Law, CCLS, Queen Mary University of Law, London, United Kingdom
- Antonio Belli, Information Security and Privacy Specialist, Infocamere (Chambers of Commerce's Digital Innovation Company), Italy
- Louise Marie Hurel, Founder, Latin American Cybersecurity Research Network (LA/CS Net)
- Vincenzo Loia, Rector, University of Salerno & President, SERICS (SEcurity and RIghts In the CyberSpace), Italy
- Robin Mansell, Professor Emerita, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
- Carlo Mauceli, Chief and Security Technology Officer, Microsoft Italy
- Kavé Salamatian, Professor of Computer Science, University of Savoie-Mont Blanc, France & Maritime cybersecurity chair, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Description: Cybersecurity remains a hotly debated geopolitical issue: closely linked to national defense, surveillance and espionage, innovation, and human rights, it has become the lens to view the state of the world. Different approaches have emerged to cybersecurity issues from different political and cultural contexts. The EU has recently started to advance a norms-based order often referred to as cyber resilience. From an operational perspective, cyber resilience comes with the adoption of a holistic approach to cyber security problems, that broadens the scope of the analysis to embrace institutional actions happening before and after the individual cyber incident, such as, respectively, prevention and detection, response and recovery. However, cyber resilience also implies a different political approach to cybersecurity, where civil society, epistemic communities, public administrators, private companies, the media, and even the population at-large are involved in the governance space. Further, cyber resilience has a geopolitical dimension, inscribed into the EU’s aims to establish and foster its own model of global internet governance. The multi-stakeholder roundtable will focus on the concept of cyber resilience and on its operational, political and geopolitical aspects.

16:30-17:00 – Coffee Break

17:00-17:30 – Special Session – Presentation of the Italian PRIN Project: “Cybersecurity (as a) Public Policy”
Chair: Maria Stella Righettini, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Performance Evaluation, University of Padova, Italy
- Francesco Amoretti, Professor of Political Science and Communication, University of Salerno, Italy
- Simone Busetti, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Teramo, Italy
- Giancarlo Vecchi, Professor of Political Science and Policy Analysis, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Description: Cybersecurity stands out as a multidimensional and polycentric policy domain whereby aspects of institutional design and implementation dynamically provide feedback on each other at different levels of analysis. Since the project aims to scrutinize processes of institutionalization of cybersecurity all along the policy cycle, the research embraces an in-depth analysis of each policy stage and a comprehensive investigation of feedback and adjustments among the phases. Therefore, the research agenda and the integrated approaches follow a five-stage policy cycle model, including 1) Cybersecurity definition and agenda setting; 2) policy formulation and adoption; 3) implementation; 4) communication, and 5) evaluation.

17:30-18:30 – Presentations Session 2 – Information Disorders as a Cybersecurity Issue
Chair: Chris Marsden, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Technology and the Law, Monash University, Australia
- Theorizing Digital vs. Cyber Sovereignty Through the Lens of Disinformation Circulation Online
Asta Zelenkauskaite, Drexel University, USA
- EU Cybersecurity Policy as a Basis for Regulating Illegal Online Harm
Alison Harcourt, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
- What Drives State-led Internet Shutdowns? Utilizing a Machine Learning Approach for Prediction and Factor Exploration
Fabiola Schwarz, Technical University of Munich, Germany

18:30-20:30 – Social Event

Day 2 – Tuesday 16 May 2023

09:00-10:30 – Presentations Session 3 – Cultures, Regimes and Norms of Cybersecurity
Chair: Michèle Rioux, Professor of Political Economy, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
- Global Cybersecurity Cultures
Francesco Amoretti, University of Salerno, Italy
- European Cybersecurity Regulation – Standardization Without Control?
Federica Casarosa, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Italy, and Jaroslaw Greser, Warsaw Institute of Technology, Poland
- Beyond Cyberspace Fragmentation: Conceptualizing Norms Dynamics as Practices of Territorialization
Giacomo Bruni, Peace Research Institute Oslo, Norway
- The Ambiguity of Digital Sovereignty Between Territory, Cyberspace, Digital Constitutionalism and Digital Authoritarianism
Nicola Palladino, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
- Discourses on Cybersecurity in the EU. Digital Politics in Times of International Turmoil
Adriano Cozzolino, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, and Maria Francesca De Tullio, University of Napoli Federico II, Italy

10:30-11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00-12:00 – Presentations Session 4 – Democracy and Rule of Law Issues with the Global Governance of Cybersecurity
Chair: Claudia Padovani, Associate Professor in Political Science and International Relations, University of Padova, Italy
- Governing the Internet through South-Based Regional Private Regimes: Legitimacy at AFRINIC, APNIC, and LACNIC
Debora Irene Christine, Tifa Foundation, Indonesia, Hortense Jongen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands & University of Gothenburg, Sweden, Nahema Nascimento Falleiros, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Gloria Nzeka, University of Maryland, USA, and Jan Aart Scholte, Leiden University, The Netherlands & University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Geopolitics of access to digital evidence: Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention and access to registrant’s data
Magdalena Krysiak, University of Łódź, Poland
- The Global Digital Compact Consultations: Developing a Typology of Citizen Attitudes Toward Global Internet Governance
Dennis Redeker, University of Bremen, Germany

12:00-13:00 – Presentations Session 5 – Data Security, Trust and People Safety
Chair: Riccardo Nanni, Researcher in Data Governance, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Trento, Italy
- Imaginaries of Secure Messaging and their Links with Internet Fragmentation: the Case of Threema
Samuele Fratini, University of Padova, Italy
- Web PKI and Non-Governmental Governance of Trust on the Internet
Karl Grindal, University of New Hampshire, Milton Mueller and Vagisha Srivastava, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
- Can Encryption Save Lives? Secure Messaging Tools as Loci of Convergence Between Cyber-Warfare and “Conventional” Warfare
Ksenia Ermoshina and Francesca Musiani, Centre Internet et Société (CIS), CNRS, France

13:00-13:15 – Conference Conclusions