United Nations meeting brings together specialists to debate cybersecurity
The coordinator of the FGV´s Rio de Janeiro Law School’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS-FGV), Professor Ivar A. Hartmann, was one of the academics who gave opening speeches at a recent meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on Cybersecurity, part of the United Nations’ Office for Disarmament Affairs. The meeting was held at UN headquarters in New York between December 2 and 4. It was attended by more than a hundred civil society, private sector and academic institutions, together with representatives of UN member states.
In his speech, Hartmann argued that governments need to know how to identify the use of social networks by terrorists to recruit and train people, as well as spread fear after attacks. He also said that governments must be able to prevent cyberattacks and the use of social networks for controversial political campaigns or hacktivism.
“Lawful responses to these practices need to distinguish between the legitimate use of the internet and terrorism,” Hartmann said. This subject is part of a research project currently under way at CTS-FGV about online content moderation, funded by FGV’s Knowledge and Applied Research Network and Facebook.
Hartmann’s participation in the meeting was financed by the European Union’s Cyber Direct Program, which supports the participation of members of civil society in major international meetings related to cybersecurity.
The Open-Ended Working Group on Cybersecurity was created by Resolution 73/27 of the United Nations General Assembly in order to hold meetings to discuss cybersecurity issues with the third sector, nongovernmental organizations and academics. The results of this consultation will be reported to the UN General Assembly in 2020.
You can watch Hartmann’s full speech here: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/watch/part-b-open-ended-working-group-on-developments-in-the-field-of-information-and-telecommunications-in-the-context-of-international-security-informal-intersessional-consultative-meeting-2-4-december-2019/6111247179001/?term=