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GENEVA, Switzerland

19 September 2017, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST (UTC+2)

ISOC Switzerland Chapter
13:00 – 13:50: Live panel: Will the Internet of Things undermine the Internet of Trust?


By 2020, it is expected that 20.4 billion connected devices will get online. But the Internet of “Things” is more than smart grids, self-driving cars and connected wearables: it is very much about the people that use these devices, the data that they share willingly or not, and the potential security risks that these objects can pose for users and the Internet itself.

The convergence of the Internet and physical world promises to bring game changing shifts to the Internet and how it is used. In this context, what are the threats we should anticipate, and what role can different stakeholders play to make sure the IoT doesn’t hurt trust in and on the Internet?

This session will explore questions such as:

  • What are the privacy and security threats posed by IoT?
  • What measures are needed to make IoT more secure? Is mass-encryption a solution?
  • What should IoT manufacturers do? Are market-forces sufficient to lead to better security and privacy in IoT?
  • Which stakeholders should be involved in IoT governance structures? (e.g. users, policymakers, technical community)

Moderator: Frederic Donck, ISOC European Regional Bureau


  • Robert Cailliau  Internet Hall of Fame
  • François Flückiger, Internet Hall of Fame
  • Monique Morrow, President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet
  • Alberto Pace, CERN, Head of Storage
  • Roxana Radu, ISOC-CH
  • Ben Segal, Internet Hall of Fame

Find panelist biographies and the full day programme below.

Registration: As places are now limited, please email Howard Baggott, [email protected] for an invitation.

CERN, the Globe of Science and Innovation
Route de Meyrin 385
1211 Genéve 23, Switzerland

Visitors can park freely at the car park located next to the Globe of Science and Innovation. Gate will open automatically after car plate reading (valid only for one day). In case of problem, call the guards with the “CSA” button on intercom. Click here for information on how to get to CERN.

Panelist Biographies
Robert Cailliau

Robert Cailliau is most well known for the proposal, developed with Tim Berners-Lee, of a hypertext system for accessing documentation, which eventually led to the creation of the World Wide Web.

In 1992, Cailliau produced the first Web browser for the Apple Macintosh. In 1993, Cailliau started “WISE”, the first Web-based project at the European Commission (DGXIII) together with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. Cailliau also started the authentication scheme for the Web and supervised its implementation. He worked with CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) to produce and get the document approved whereby CERN placed the web technology into the public domain.

Cailliau was one of the co-founders of the International WWW Conference Committee (IW3C2) after successfully organizing the first conference in 1994. During 1995, he was active in the transfer of the WWW development effort and the standards activities from CERN to the Web Consortium W3C. He then started, with the European Commission, the Web for Schools project, which has given support and access to 150 schools in the European Union.

François Flückiger

A leader of the struggle to promote the Internet in Europe, Francois Flückiger convened in November 1988 the founding meeting that led to the creation of Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE), the nonprofit European organization that conducts the technical coordination of the infrastructure of the Internet.

He contributed in 1992 to the creation of Ebone (the pan-European Internet backbone) by drafting the Memorandum of Understanding which laid down its basic principles, and arranged in that same year for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to become a founding member of the Internet Society (ISOC).

Flückiger also drafted popular cartoons, some of them exemplifying the ineffectiveness of battling against the Internet.

A graduate of the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité, Flückiger holds an MBA from the Enterprise Administration Institute in Paris. He is a member of the ISOC Advisory Council and of the W3C Advisory Committee, a lecturer at the University of Geneva and the author of the textbook “Understanding Networked Multimedia” and more than 80 articles. He chaired the INET’s 1988, 2001 and 2002 program committees.

Today, he is CERN’s Knowledge Transfer Officer for Information Technologies and the Director of its School of Computing. At CERN his responsibilities have included the management of its World Wide Web team after the departure of Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee.

Ben Segal

Dr. Segal enabled the Web’s development by coordinating TCP/IP’s adoption within the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1984 to late 1988, when CERN changed its Internet policy. For CERN’s Internet developers, he was their first introduction to the IP stack and the Berkeley socket Application Programming Interface.

He played an important role as an Internet promoter, spearheading the introduction of IP into a hostile Europe when it was not politically correct or career-friendly to do so there. European Postal Telegraph and Telecommunications Administrations and industry were opposed to these standards, and their use outside the laboratory was forbidden.

Segal began working on early data communications at CERN in 1971, but it was in 1977, on a sabbatical in Palo Alto, that he first encountered both the ARPAnet and Unix. Back at CERN, working on a satellite system linking European physics labs and interconnecting some networks with an Internet protocol, he saw that TCP/IP protocols could connect CERN’s own heterogeneous computer systems. He helped Tim Berners-Lee, who went on to invent the World Wide Web, with design decisions and pointed him to the RFC series and existing protocols like the File Transfer Protocol and Network News Transfer Protocol, which could guide his invention of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol. Segal also developed code such as legacy-to-Internet gateways to help protocol transitions and introduced the Berkeley socket.

From 1986 Segal taught courses on Internet protocols, Unix and distributed computing in Europe, Asia and South America.

Segal earned his BSc at Imperial College and his PhD at Stanford. Now an honorary CERN staff member, Segal is an active advocate of volunteer computing and citizen science.

Monique Morrow

Monique is President and Co-Founder of the Humanized Internet, a non-profit organization focused on providing  digital identity for those individuals most underserved, blockchain is certainly a potential mechanism for this billion people challenge.

Monique is also a an Associated Researcher at Alexander Humboldt University Institute of Internet and Society. Monique is currently co-chair of the IEEE Ethics in AI and Autonomous Systems Mixed Reality Committee in addition to being a member of its Executive Committee. Monique is also an Advisor to Rising Star Swiss Cybersecurity Accelerator. Monique is also on the Advisory Board for Procivis provides an integrated electronic identity and services solution, called “eID+”. As of July 2017, Monique is also an Advisor for a Stealth Company in the Entertainment Technology Sector.

Alberto Pace

Alberto Pace is a member if the IT department at CERN where he leads the Data Management group ensuring a coherent development process for Physics Data management activities, strongly driven by operational and user needs. He has more than 20 years experience in computing services, infrastructure, software engineering, accelerator control and accelerator operation. He graduated in Electronic Engineering from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in 1987. Alberto Pace is the CERN representative at W3C and the Internet Society.

Roxanna Radu

Dr Roxana Radu, Programme Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), has been awarded the Swiss Network for International Studies Award 2017 (SNIS) for her PhD thesis, Global Rules for Emerging Issue Domains: Negotiating the Governance of the Internet, defended at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in September 2016.

Her dissertation deals with the evolution of the Internet and the preservation of its integrity as a single network, despite its fragmented nature, with authoritative decision-making from different sources. This thesis sets out a novel and comprehensive framework for theorising a nascent policy field, and for analysing its evolution empirically.

Referring to her thesis, the SNIS Award jury noted that, ‘The author masters an incredible amount of complexity and is able to come up with a readable text that conveys a sense of the complex matters.’ The jury found the work to be an example of a study crossing traditional disciplinary frontiers – integrating insights of political science – and hermeneutical approaches into the framework of Internet governance, generating valuable insights across disciplines.

Full Day Programme
09:30 – 10:00 Tour of the CERN Globe museum: (Registered guests only)
10:00 – 10:30 Welcoming participants/RBD/staff Coffee available
10:30 Frédéric Donck to introduce Frédéric Hemmer (Head of the CERN IT department) to welcome attendees to the pre session
10:30 – 11:45 Pre session: Network blocking discussion
Moderator: Richard Hill, Vice-Chair External, ISOC-CH

– Norbert Bollow, Digitale Gesellschaft
– Grace Eden, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO)
– Bernie Hoeneisen, ISOC-CH
– Nicolas Seidler, Internet Society
11:45 – 12:00 Carl Gahnberg, presentation of the Futures report
12:00 – 12:45 Walking Lunch
12:45 -12:50 Seating
12:50 – 12:55 Join Istanbul Node,Welcome, Hello and Introduction to the Turkish chapter
12:55 – 13:00 Framing the discussion and Introduction of the panelists– Frédéric Donck
13:10 – 13:50 Live panel: Will the Internet of Things undermine the Internet of Trust?
13:50: – 13:55 We Join the Lisbon Node welcome
13:55 – 13:58 *Geneva Node VIDEO*
13:58 – 14:00 Farewell from Geneva
14:00 – 14:40 Champagne reception with Hors D’Oeuvres
14:45 Tour of CERN (For the tour of CERN, we will have two groups of 24 to go on the tour, limited numbers so need to book in advance. Minibus transport)
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