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The London Conference on Cyberspace

 

London Conference on CyberspaceMumsnet's attending the London Conference on Cyberspace on Tuesday 1st November and we want your views! We chatted about the benefits and challenges of a networked world - from anonymity to community to cyberbullying. Here's what went on at the #LondonCyber conference.

 

Talking Points: Who said what?

How important are the principles of anonymity and confidentiality in preserving internet freedom? Tom Ilube

We all have an interest in ensuring children are not vulnerable online. William Hague

"The greatest threat to the web is not cybercrime, it's misguided and overreaching government policy." Jimmy Wales

"Who owns the right to our online personality?" Sachin Pilot

The Internet must remain a space without national barriers, so there's a free flow of information online. We must protect freedom of expression on the internet. Joe Biden

We have more female users than male users. The perception of the Internet as the domain of young male internet geeks has been left behind. Now there's a new generation of Internet services that draw in women. Facebook

"You can't bribe a computer." Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia on why Estonia is least corrupt East European country.

"Cyber bullying is terrifying. It follows you home and it's NOT just a matter of turning your phone off." 

"33% of Europeans have never been online." Neelie Kroes


What are the social benefits of the internet? How should we deal with negatives like cyber bullying? Is the internet the public forum of the 21st century? Join the discussion here, tweet all about it #LondonCyber or post.

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Live updates from Mumsnet Bloggers 

We're reporting back from the conference with the latest and greatest news, so watch this space... 

Tuesday

10:23 Ahmed Hassour, Al Jazeera  "The only thing we need is freedom. After the revolution, there is evolution."

10:56 Discussion on child protection - we need to ensure that children are safer on the web, using things like age identification and ensuring they don't come across inappropriate sites and products.

11:00 Ed Vaizey's up next chairing a panel on safe and reliable Internet access

11:19 Scott Charney discussing the choice between anonymity and accountability on the Internet. He says it's a false dichotomy - it depends what you're doing on the Internet as to whether you want anonymity or accountability. If you're online banking, of course you want robust authentication. If you're involved in speech acts, you might want anonymity - and the governments should support you in that.

11:21 Malaysian representative asks, "Alright, we'll have anonymity on the one side and accountability on the other. But who is going to police it?" Suggests we might need international system for this, and an international set of standards.

11:42 Discussion on cybercrime

11:59 Eugene, Kaspersky:  "There is one main rule for Internet security: Don't kill Cassandra." 

12:12 Athalia Molokomme, Botswana's Attorney General, is discussing fighting cybercrime in Botswana - she says Internet issues usually fall by the wayside because fighting poverty is a priority, but in Botswana they prioritised the internet because they saw it could be used to combat poverty and improve people's lives. Schoolnet, e-government, e-legislation etc. She's a very clear speaker. 


Monday
 

09:30 Mumsnet Bloggers are at the Internet Freedom session.

09:37 Tom Ilube asks an important question for Mumsnetters: How important are the principles of anonymity and confidentiality in preserving internet freedom?

10:07 Are Google getting political? The internet giants talk about their 'Data Liberation Front'

10:15 Barbara Bukovska's discussing the social benefits of the internet for disabled people. She cites article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and gives lots of examples of how the internet can improve disabled people's lives.

10:18 Tom Ilube found his sister, whom he hadn't seen for decades, in an e-African village on the Internet. The Internet brings people together.

10:30 Google say their employee William Echikson (Head of Free Expression Policy and PR) is working on ways to improve access to Google for blind people.

10:37 Google's question for William Hague is: What actions can the UK take to ensure the freedom of expression on the Web?

11:39 David Cameron was supposed to give keynote speech but he's not here so we're straight into William Hague's speech and the panel

11:45 William Hague: the Internet must remain open. Behaviour that is unacceptable offline is unacceptable online - for instance, censorship

11:49 William Hague: We all have an interest in ensuring children are not vulnerable online.

12:02 The UN's Helen Clark is describing development innovations: UNICEF are using rapid texting to ensure the successful spread of malaria nets, which helped prevent disease.

12:16 Carl Bildt, the Swedish Foreign Secretary: Freedom and security on the web are the priority, we should never focus on security without freedom.

12:17 Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia is speaking

12:17 Jimmy Wales: The greatest threat to the web is not cybercrime, it's misguided and overreaching government policy.

12:30 Jimmy Wales: We have mechanisms in internet communities to solve problems in all sorts of useful ways. It's possible to create responsibility on the web without government intervention. At Wikipedia, we solve problems through community-led discussion, we assume users are well-meaning, we engage in dialogue with troublemakers. (Principles that Mumsnet value!)

12:47 Sachin Pilot, the Indian minister of Communications and Information: Who owns the right to our online personalities? This is cause for concern.

12:47 Lord Richard Allan, director of Facebook's policy for Europe, is on next.

12:52 Facebook: Is Internet access a human right? 

12:54 Facebook: We have more female users than male users. The perception of the Internet as the domain of young male internet geeks has been left behind. Now there's a new generation of Internet services that draw in women.

14:44 David Cameron:  We must strike a balance between 'freedom' and a 'free-for-all'

14:44 David Cameron: A cyberattack on the Foreign Office was foiled earlier this year. We're here because cyberattacks are a threat to internet security.

14:46 Joe Biden: The Internet must remain a space without national barriers, so there's a free flow of information online. We must protect freedom of expression on the internet. 

14:54 Joe Biden: Cyberspace is a new realm - but the existing principles of international law are not suspended on the internet.

16:18 Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia, is now speaking about the X Road system in his country. They were first country in the world to hold e-elections this way. They have e-elections, e-health... and e-motor offence systems. 

16:23 Toomas Ilves: Applications for all sorts of things can be done online. "You can't bribe a computer." Estonia's the least corrupt ex-Soviet country, according to Ilves, because of its e-country system.

16:49 Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission and responsible for the Digital Agenda portfolio, says we need to get more of the elderly online. Younger family members can draw the elderly online with programmes like Skype.

16:49 Neelie KroesThirty three percent of Europeans have never been online.

17:03 Francis Maude: Cybersecurity is not solely the responsibility of governments. Bottom-up communities also come together for the common good, and everyone is responsible for cybersecurity.

17:30 "Cyber bullying is terrifying. It follows you home and it's NOT just a matter of turning your phone off." A young person.

17:51 Helen Margetts, Oxford Institute for Internet: Government is used to acting like a watchtower, and government agencies assume people will come to them, but with the internet that needs to change.

18:01 Google says that digitising libraries like the British Library actually creates more readers and drives more people to the libraries, not less.

18:02  Helen Margetts: The Internet is more than just a tool.

LondonCyber: live coverage

Here's a live video of the London Conference on Cyberspace: 

 

Last updated: 15-Apr-2013 at 4:33 PM