Organizer 1: Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Organizer 3: Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Organizer 4: Private Sector, Eastern European Group
Organizer 5: Intergovernmental Organization, African Group

Speaker 1: Agostinho João Almeida, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 2: Marina Kaljurand, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Yuliya Morenets, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Wonki MIN, Intergovernmental Organization, Intergovernmental Organization
Speaker 5: Robert Strayer, Government, Intergovernmental Organization


Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min

Policy Question(s)

To what extent can principles such as Transparency and Explainability, and Robustness, Security, and Safety be applied to AI use cases in cybersecurity? How to ensure that AI and cybersecurity technologies are used for cyberspace security and not for cyber-attacks (dual-use)?

Issues: how to best integrate AI into cybersecurity in an ethical way. One that doesn’t use AI as a weapon but rather as a security shield to foster trust in the Internet ecosystem. Challenges: Lack of guidance and principles on AI development, but as well a half-way road on global cybersecurity understanding, rules and applicability. Opportunities: The multistakeholder development of global standards and principles on ethical AI development for cybersecurity, taking the internet trust to the next level.


GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


The European Union, the OECD, and numerous other governmental and non-governmental entities have released proposals for the governance of Artificial Intelligence, consistent with their conceptions of trustworthiness and reliability. AI applications are often used in the field of cybersecurity to detect anomalies, authenticate legitimate users, and pinpoint attacks. How do these sets of principles and governance tools apply to cybersecurity use cases? This panel will explore which values are most essential to protect in AI applications for cybersecurity, what type of variance may be needed when applying the leading AI principles to cybersecurity applications, and what best practices exist regarding risk assessments, bias mitigation tools, etc. in this area.

Expected Outcomes

The workshop will provide participants with an improved understanding of both the technical and policy elements necessary to support and standardize AI development for cybersecurity with an ethical dimension at the international level. The summary of the workshop will feature a list of case studies mentioned by speakers and participants and will provide a menu of good practices for policy approaches. Lastly, the workshop will aim to highlight areas for future action and potential questions to be explored in future IGF sessions.

The list below provides examples of the ways discussion will be facilitated amongst speakers, audience members, and online participants and ensure the session format is used to its optimum: Preparation: A preparation call will be organised for all speakers, moderators and co-organisers in advance of the workshop so that everyone has a chance to meet, share views and prepare for the session. Given the varied background of discussants and audience members, organisers aim at advertising the session in different medium in the run up to the workshop. This will introduce the subject, encourage conversation and create links to other dialogues on the topic taking place in other forums to create awareness and help prepare in-person and remote participants for the workshop. The moderator will have questions prepared in advance to encourage interaction among invited experts and between participants, if conversation were to stall. Moderator: The moderator will be an expert and well-informed on the topic and experienced in animating multistakeholder discussions. During the discussions questions will be incorporated to encourage responses from participants and everyone will be given equal weight and equal opportunity to intervene. Walk-in participants will be encouraged to participate in the discussion by the moderator who will seek contributions from participants in person and remotely. The remote moderator will play an important role in sharing the ideas of remote speakers/participants and will encourage their interventions through video. Reporting: Following the discussion, participants will be encouraged to share their key takeaways from the session through online tools and social media. This will help ensure diverse perspectives raised during the discussion are included in the reporting.

Relevance to Internet Governance: When talking about the Internet, either in the context of its benefits, challenges or overall governance, a conversation about cybersecurity cannot be avoided, and the inclusion of AI in the debate cannot be skipped any longer. Cybersecurity and AI sits in the front and centre of economic opportunities, technological innovation, social progress, sustainable developments, and, above all, is a key element of trust in the entire Internet ecosystem. Getting the policy right around the governance on cybersecurity and AI is essential to safeguard the open, free and trustable Internet, and uphold its safe, secure, sound and resilient architecture. Considerations around AI applied to cybersecurity governance should be built starting from commonly shared global values and principles, developed in collaboration with all stakeholders with an ethical dimension. This workshop will look at what policy elements are necessary to include AI into cybersecurity, as a key element for trustable economic growth. It will also aim to identify and provide options for policy response to the main challenges posed.

Relevance to Theme: The workshop directly addresses one of the main themes of IGF 2020: Trust. It aims to showcase the applicability of AI in cybersecurity to enhance trust. It also aims to bring IGF participants closer to identifying policy best practices and policy initiatives that foster the development and smooth integration of AI into cybersecurity enabling trustable economic growth while ensuring security, ethics and respect for human rights. The workshop will uncover how a trustable internet is critical for any kind of business, governments and citizens. What cybersecurity powered by AI technologies do companies use in their day-to-day activities? What are the ethical considerations that must be kept in mind?

Online Participation


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