lighting, Diplomacy

Privacy and Surveillance: An Update

07 November 2014 -


Event description

After the public denunciation of the widespread surveillance of our online activities, heated discussion have taken place from the UN general assembly to the Council of Europe parliamemtary assembly through the NetMundial in Brazil. Where are we now regarding surveillance? What are the next steps?

Where the private companies stand on this battlefield? How to ensure the right balance between privacy of Internet users and legitimate surveillance of unlawful activities? Where does Switzerland stand in the surveillance and privacy debate?

The Internet Society Switzerland Chapter (ISOC-CH) is organising a half-day event on Privacy and Surveillance: An Update, on Friday, 7th November, 2014, at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland.

The purpose of this event is to review the state of play of mass surveillance and to take stock of the political debate around the Swiss federal laws on postal and phone surviellance and on the protection of the State. Speakers will also present the recent report of the High Commissioner on Human Rights on the online surveillance worldwide and reactions to that report, as well as discussions and actions taking place in Switzerland.

To attend, please register for the event.

Draft program

9.00 – 9.15 Welcoming words: Roxana Radu, ISOC-CH; Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform
9.15 – 10.15 Luc Recordon, Swiss parliament; representatives from ISOC-CH and the Swiss Pirate Party (TBC)
10.15 – 11.00 Q&A session
11.00 – 12.00 Discussion on the recent report of the High Commissioner on Human Rights; Marko Milanovic, European Society of International Law and University of Nottingham School of Law
12.00 – 12.30 Q&A session