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MIGF objectives

The main objective of the Moldova IGF is to consolidate various categories of actors (private sector, civil society, technical community and academia, public sector, intergovernmental organizations) to discuss, within a multilateral, democratic and transparent process, the most important public policy issues related to the Internet, as well as security in the virtual environment. The MIGF promotes open discussions and dialogue with a view to identifying a common approach on how to promote the Internet and manage the risks and challenges that arise regarding its use and evolution. The Forum will consider global and national approaches to shaping policies for the prevention of terrorism and on-line extremism and information security of the virtual space as some of the main elements of national security, the challenges of modern digital society in the context of Internet use, fake news issues, secure identification and cryptography.

In a separate session, personal data protection will be discussed from the point of view of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which began operating in the EU on May 25, 2018. The document contains a number of challenges for the state and business, forcing them to provide people new opportunities to protect and control personal information. The MIGF will demonstrate compliance with generally accepted principles and norms of international law, such as respecting human rights, taking into account both national and international standards.

    MIGF tasks
  • Increased awareness, capacity building and promotion of better understanding of Internet Governance issues among stakeholders in relevant communities.
  • Facilitating discussions and exchanging ideas and opinions between several actors.
  • Tendency to ensure the interaction between the stakeholders of the respective communities.
  • Discuss the key aspects of the relevant communities in the global IGF agenda and reflect the global IGF perspectives on the events of the MIGF initiative.

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The relevance and methodology of the MIGF

Internet governance is defined as "the development and application by governments, the private sector, and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet" (Agenda for the information society, Tunis, 2005). The Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was formed in 2006 under the auspices of the United Nations and is the result of the World Summit on the Information Society, held between 2003 and 2005. The MIGF event aims to create a national platform for dialogue and interaction with several stakeholders. It will be both off-line and on-line.

    Off-line participation implies:
  • Annual meetings of IGF / stakeholder groups
  • Engagement in processes related to elaboration, implementation, monitoring or evaluation of Internet Governance policies, as a part of workshops, roundtable meetings, capacity building sessions, public consultations, others initiated by public institutions, international development partners or CSOs.
    On-line participation implies:
  • Communication through a mailing list
  • Connecting MIGF participants to global and regional level or events dedicated to Internet Governance issues (EuroDIG, FOC, ICANN, others)
  • Elaboration of a regular newsletter about updates related to Internet Governance issues
    Fundamental principles of the MIGF:
  • Openness and transparency
  • Inclusion (creation of a dedicated website or webpage, creation of a mailing list and/or an open platform, creation of dedicated pages on social networks and using of official hashtags)
  • The bottom-up approach (the decision-making process of the MIGF initiative should be bottom-up, where substantive organization of the annual meeting should reflect the needs of the respective community the MIGF are acting within)
  • Multistakeholder (the approach refers to collaboration between all stakeholders (private sector, civil society, public sector and technical community) around the development and implementation of an array of Internet-related principles, norms, rules, decision making procedures, and policies and programs

Agenda

Below you'll find the Agenda for MIGF 2020
Working languages: Romanian, Russian, English.

Introduction and what to expect at the first ever virtual national IGF in Moldova.

Partners from Moldova and abroad, MIGF Organizing Committee:

  • Vitalie Tarlev, Secretary of State for Information and Communication Technology - Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova
  • Aurelia Salicov, Executive director - Digital Park, Chairman - Youth Development for Innovation Foundation
  • Alexei Marciuc, Co-founder and Chairman - “Comunitatea Internet” Association, National coordinator - Moldova Internet Governance Forum (MIGF)
  • Mikhail Anisimov, Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Chris Buckridge, Head of External Relations for the RIPE NCC - Regional Internet Registry for Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia
  • Rafal Rohozinski, Principal and CEO - SecDev Group, Co-founder - SecDev Foundation (Canada)
  • Markus Kummer, Chair - IGFSA, video message
  • Vinton G. Cerf, Vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist - Google, video message

Internet Governance in the context of digital transformation. Privacy vs freedom in the digital space - road to the balance.

Internet and digital services have an important role in the development of a person, society, state and in all of the sphere and sectors of the modern world as information, government, social and economic.

Today Internet management models, openness and transparency of the virtual environment became more important subjects for all internet society.

An accessible Internet for all is the foundation of any healthy and prosperous society. An open Internet promotes and enhances civic engagement and promotes transparency of actions and events.

Current trends, problems and ways.

National vision and experience from other countries.

Speakers:

  • Aurelia Salicov, Executive director - Digital Park, Chairman - Youth Development for Innovation Foundation
  • Eduard Răducan, Director of the National Center for Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Moldova
  • Andrei Cusca, Head of the Directorate of information society and the digital economy policies and regulations - Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure
  • Tattu Mambetalieva, Director of the Public foundation “Civil Initiative on Internet Policy”, initiator of the Central Asian IGF
  • Asomudin Atoev, Regional director - SecDev Foundation (Canada)
  • Olga Kyryliuk, CEO and Founder - The Influencer Platform, Member of the Executive Committee - South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG)

COVID-19 lessons learned - need to be more digital.

However, we had to become 100% remote and we were able to understand that we can completely work from home. Also working from home, we found difficulties separating work from personal life, as well as problems with time management and stress caused by not having the right workplace or the right technology. What is national experience and what is important for the successful implementation of the remote work model?

Due to the pandemic, students and teachers were forced on quickly adaptation to online lessons and online platforms. It became the key for educational institutions. What impact has COVID-19 had on Moldavian education sector and what lessons can be learned?

Even organizations from the public or private sector that have had digital transformation projects for some time have realized that they simply are not “fully” digital to the extent that they need to be. COVID-19 has exposed flaws and vulnerabilities that have plunged organizations and entire industries into a tailspin - even those that were once supposedly at their peak of agility. What problems were identified by national organizations in this period? What are government recommendations and business experience? Are we ready to be more digital?

Speakers:

  • Veaceslav Cunev, Chairman of the board - Moldovan Association of Information and Communications Technology Companies. CEO - Deeplace Company. Professor of the Technical University of Moldova
  • Oxana Rusanovschi, Main consultant at Directorate for policies and regulations in the field of information society and digital economy - Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova
  • Catalin Arama, General Director of the General Directorate of Informatics and Digital Communications from “Dunarea de Jos” University of Galati
  • Serghei Portarescu, Director of the Moldo-American Center for Private Initiative - Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova
  • Victor Cioclea, CEO - RTS, web development, security and IT consulting company

The constitutional right to Internet access: Experiences from other countries and findings for Moldova.

The Internet is one of the powerful tools of the 21st century for promoting democracy and economic development. In recent years, many countries have given a special legislative status to the right to access to the Internet, including at the constitutional level, considering it as one of the inalienable human rights. This trend is expected to gain momentum following the promulgation of the UN Secretary General's Digital Cooperation Roadmap in June 2020. This report focuses on digital rights and freedoms that depend on broad access to the Internet.

What is the approach of international law and the peculiarities of the legislation of other countries, including Europe and the region? What models can be acceptable for Moldova? How is the national constitutional field adapting to the digitalization of life? How will these issues be reflected in the new version of the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova, on the creation of which the Commission on Constitutional Reform, formed by the decree of the President of the Republic of Moldova in July 2020, is working?

Speakers:

  • Victor Pușcaș, Former President of the Constitutional Court of Moldova, Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova, Superior Council of Magistrates. Member of the Commission on Constitutional Reform under the President of the Republic of Moldova. PhD in Constitutional Law
  • Stanislav Pavlovschi, Senior international law expert specialized in the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, former Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Deputy Chairman of the Commission on Constitutional Reform under the President of the Republic of Moldova
  • Veaceslav Zaporojan, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Law - Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, President of the "Center for Constitutional Studies and Human Rights Education", former Judge at the Constitutional Court of Moldova, PhD in Law
  • Valeriu Kuciuk, The Head of the representing Department at the Constitutional Court and law enforcement bodies of the Legal Directorate - Parliament of the Republic of Moldova
  • Alexei Marciuc, Co-founder and Chairman - “Comunitatea Internet” Association, National coordinator - Moldova Internet Governance Forum (MIGF)
  • Тatiana Puiu, Media expert, Freedom House’s Local Representative
  • Alexey Kozliuk, Digital rights expert, Co-Founder - Human rights organization “Human Constanta”

Trust and Security in the Internet space. National roadmap and regional cooperation.

Today the Internet became a tool for information sharing and communication and an important platform for business, government and civil society.

Unfortunately, digital innovations are outpacing the ability to keep it secure. Based on ICT technologies, zero-day and malicious tools you potentially can be attacked everywhere you are in the virtual environment.

We are seeing an explosive growth in cybercrime in 2020, exploiting the needs and fears of people around the world. Attackers are taking advantage of the high amount of attention paid to COVID-19 to lure victims into opening attachments on malicious emails and click on phishing links.

What we need to change in the government and business sector to protect IT infrastructure and employers? What are the priority areas in formation of the regulatory framework, digital forensic and electronic evidence? Did regional and global cooperation become a rule? What new can business and public sector provide for civil society?

Speakers:

  • Mikhail Anisimov, Head of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Eastern Europe and Central Asia - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)
  • Victor Vevera, General Director and member of the Scientific Council of the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics (Romania)
  • Rafal Rohozinski, Principal and CEO - SecDev Group, Co-founder - SecDev Foundation (Canada)
  • Alexandru Donos, Cryptography and information security expert - Dekart SRL, Co-founder - “Comunitatea Internet” Association
  • Mikhail Klimarev, Executive director - Non-profit organization “Internet Protection Society”, blogger and telecom analyst

Internet of things, artificial intelligence, business digitalization/mobility and other new Internet opportunities - adopting international experience at the national level

Real-time data will be a key value proposition for all states and business segments in the crises. Artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT), and 5G provide the intelligence, communications, connectivity, and bandwidth necessary for highly functional and sustainable smart cities.

The impact of AI on data management goes well beyond data management as we anticipate that these technologies will increasingly become part of every network, device, application, online platform and service. AI is destined to be a component of business operations and economical models. Data analytics is very different from centralized cloud computing, as data is contextual and may be processed in real-time compared to big data analytics technologies.

How the ICT sector can help us through the COVID-19 crisis and what do we need to change in the regulation framework to implement easier and usefully new Internet opportunities?

Speakers:

  • Ion Rosca, Director of StarNet Solutii, telecommunication service company
  • Magda Jianu, Regional Channel Business Manager - Palo Alto Networks
  • Pavel Sakhno, Territory Channel Manager for Small And Midsize Business, Black Sea and Central and Eastern Europe region - Microsoft
  • Alexandru Donos, Cryptography and information security expert - Dekart SRL, Co-founder - “Comunitatea Internet” Association

Use of the Internet in the context of the European standards for the protection of personal data (GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation). National experience of GDPR compliance and new security models.

GDPR implementation means not only a framework, but also compliance of technical procedures and ICT infrastructure. Today many organizations choose the security as a service (SECaaS) and other cloud outsourced services, when an outside company handles and manages your security and digital services and IT infrastructure.

The number of Internet of Things (IoT) and Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) devices generate and collect Global Positioning System (GPS) as a location, altitude, speed, time, and direction. IoMT devices are used to monitor users’ health conditions, such as body temperature, heart rate, movements, and other medical information. Being in a COVID-19 quarantine and currently, in Moldova many people use GPS and other location data from mobile phones to help track patients, potentially new patients, etc.

GDPR categorizes facial recognition data as sensitive personal data that requires additional protection. However, one of the fundamental functions of each state is civil security. This obligation is based on criminal’s identification by face from national and international databases. This identification procedure assumes processing of personal data of all persons caught in the camera lens.

All of these use-cases beg the question: how to understand and implement cloud services in context of GDPR compliance in a correct way? What does the national legal framework provide and what is a national and regional trend used on large-scale international software and support?

Speakers:

  • Jonathan Presburger, Business Development Manager for managed security services providers and strategic accounts in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region - Palo Alto Networks
  • Alex (Jay) Balan, Chief Security Researcher - Bitdefender
  • Sarkis Darbinyan, Digital rights expert, Co-founder - RosKomSvoboda, Managing partner - Digital Rights Center
  • Andrei Balint, Europe Certified Information Privacy Professional/Manager. ISO 27001 Auditor/Trainer and Data privacy consultant
  • Andrei Rusnac, Information security expert, Co-founder - “Comunitatea Internet” Association

The impact of the Internet - negative phenomena as a cybercrime, propaganda, fake news. Regional specific and Moldavian experience in overcoming them.

The Internet has become a fundamental platform of the modern world, a catalyst for innovations that continue to evolve and drive economic growth. People are able to communicate with any country, to shop online, to use it as a means of education, and to work remotely. Social networks are platforms that are used for the establishment of relations between people with common interests or activities.

Unfortunately, the development of the Internet has a detrimental impact in our life, which leads to various negative phenomena such as cybercrime, fake news and propaganda. Growth of social networks contributed to creation of many instruments to do more easy illegal activity being practically invisible in the virtual environment.

Due to its regional location, Moldova is especially susceptible to various manifestations of these phenomena. What is a national roadmap and how the state institutions see a collaboration with civil society and business? What should be considered as important and obligatory rules when developing new and revising existing legislation? Regional experience and international practice.

Speakers:

  • Ioan-Cosmin Mihai, Cybercrime Training Officer - European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Training (CEPOL)
  • Veaceslav Soltan, Chief prosecutor of the Information Technologies and Cyber Crimes Combating Unite - General Prosecutor's Office of the Republic of Moldova
  • Sergiu Lisnic, Chief of the Electronic payment means Division of the Center for Combating Cyber Crimes of the National Inspectorate of Investigations of the General Inspectorate of Police - Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Moldova
  • Dumitru Tira, CEO - Realitatea Media
  • Andrei Rusnac, Information security expert, Co-founder - “Comunitatea Internet” Association

Cyber hygiene - Building a culture of digital safety.

Cyber hygiene for building a culture of digital safety, even under COVID-19 lockdown. This session aims to demonstrate an approach to measurably improve the digital safety of small CSOs via offline and online delivery methods.

Speakers:

  • Ian Reynolds, Senior Programme Manager of the CyberSTAR program at The SecDev Foundation (Canada)
  • Asomudin Atoev, Regional director - SecDev Foundation, Regional coordinator of the CyberSTAR program (Canada)
  • Artem Goryainov, Technical expert of the CyberSTAR program at The SecDev Foundation (Canada)

The preliminary version of the topics on the Agenda was developed on the basis of a series of discussions with representatives of the community from different stakeholder groups. We invite you to contribute to the MIGF 2020 agenda-setting process. We are waiting for your ideas and suggestions for MIGF 2020 discussion topics, which can be sent via suggestions form on the event website or through social media channels.

This year the MIGF will be held as two-day conference (live and online) on November 23 and 24. Everyone who is interested in discussing current issues of Internet governance is invited to participate in the national initiative. To register, use the online form on the website. Registered participants will receive the connection details to join this meeting by e-mail. We look forward to seeing you online!

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