Submitted Proposals

Organization: TU Delft
Title :
Policy Aspects of Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PETs)
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Technologies specifically designed to support privacy and data protection in the information society have been researched for many years, and are now gradually becoming deployed. The first part of the workshop will provide a conceptual grounding for policymakers deliberating responses to privacy threats and summarise recent advances in PET research. In the second part of the workshop, a diverse panel of stakeholders will discuss policy options for encouraging adoption of PETs, appropriate for various privacy contexts, in an open dialogue with workshop participants.


The workshop is relevant for the IGF, because past experience shows that many policymakers do not base their decisions on the latest knowledge of privacy-enhancing technologies, especially those that enhance privacy and security at the same time (see the report from the workshop "Privacy in Internet Identity Management: Emerging Issues and New Approaches" for more information). This workshop is a follow-up to the Rio IGF in the sense mentioned above. Thereby, we aim at establishing a long-term learning process in the IGF context.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

The organizers are from various stakeholder groups, and through the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Privacy, they have working contacts to a wide network of stakeholders from all world regions and genders. They especially are very well connected with the research community on PETs, e.g. through the PETs Conference in July. In order to have a more balanced perspective in this workshop, the organizers decided not to invite too many members of this interesting and vibrant community, but to also invite policy-makers and civil society users of PETs, especially from the global South.

So far, we have the following provisional list of panellists:

  • George Danezis (Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, private sector, confirmed)
  • Simone Fischer-Hübner (Karlstad University, Sweden, academic community, confirmed)
  • Bobby Soriano (Tactical Tech, Philippines, civil society, tbc)
  • N.N. (governments, tba)
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
  • Caspar Bowden – Chief Privacy Adviser EMEA, Microsoft Technology Office (private sector)
  • Ralf Bendrath - Technical University Delft (academic community)
  • Gus Hosein - Privacy International (civil society)
  • Jan Schallaböck - data protection authority of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany (government)


All organizers are active members of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Privacy and also submit this workshop on behalf of the coalition as a whole.

Although the composition of the workshop presenters has not been finalised, we aim to ensure as far as possible that there is diversity of representation by gender and geography, consistent with the aim of providing the highest quality expertise available. This is a challenge, though, because the PETs community mainly consists of men from Western countries. We are working through the global informal networks of NGOs and researchers, as well as seeking the help and advice from members of the IGF advisory group.

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

As mentioned above, a central aim of the workshop is to bring technology experts together with users and policy-makers. This will provide a range of different perspectives on the issue, including, but not restricted to, the supply and demand side of PETs, the implications of technological developments on privacy and identification legislation, the potential use of PETs by citizens themselves, and the problems as well as opportunities this may create for governments.

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

The workshop topic has a direct relationship to the IGF’s mandate to:

  • Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet;
  • Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of the academic, scientific and technical communities.

The workshop is in therefore line with the Tunis agenda, especially with

  • paragraph 39 ("confidence and security in the use of ICTs by strengthening the trust framework"),
  • paragraph 42 ("protect and respect the provisions for privacy and freedom of expression"),
  • paragraph 46 ("respect for privacy and the protection of personal information and data"),
  • paragraph 72g ("emerging issues"),
  • paragraph 72k (“solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to everyday users”)
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

The organizers have constantly been working in the field of internet privacy and security for a number of years and have organized numerous events. In the IGF context, the organizers were involved in organizing two privacy workshops each at the IGF 2006 and the IGF 2007. They are also active members or facilitators of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Privacy.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

Some of us organized two workshops together with other members of the IGF Dynamic Coalition on Privacy:

  • Security and Privacy Challenges for new Internet Applications: A Multi-stakeholder approach
  • Prrivacy in Internet Identity Management: Emerging Issues and New Approaches

We have submitted reports for both of them, as well as for the meeting of the Dynamic Coalition on Privacy during the IGF 2007.