[LAC-TF] RV: [Alumni-ngl] Cyber Stewards Program - Deadline / July 15th

Alejandro Acosta alejandroacostaalamo at gmail.com
Mon Jul 9 19:37:25 BRT 2012

De: alumni-ngl-bounces at elists.isoc.org
[alumni-ngl-bounces at elists.isoc.org] En nombre de Connie Kendig
[kendig at isoc.org]
Enviado el: jueves, 05 de julio de 2012 7:36
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Asunto: [Alumni-ngl] Cyber Stewards Program - Deadline / July 15th

Hi everyone!  This might be of interest to those of you that focus on
cyber security and are based in the global south.

Please feel free to pass it on to your colleagues as well.

Best wishes,

Begin forwarded message:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Robert Guerra"

Dear Colleagues,

Are you a South-based cyber security scholar, advocate, or
practitioner interested in articulating a vision of cyber security in
which rights and openness are protected on the basis of shared
research and empirical knowledge ?

If so, please do consider applying to the Cyber Stewards Program at
the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies (Canada Centre) and the
Citizen Lab<http://citizenlab.org/> at the Munk School of Global
Affairs<http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/>, University of Toronto.

The deadline is July 15th. Further details are below..


Robert Guerra
Senior Advisor, Citizen Lab
Munk Centre for Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Phone: +1 416-893-0377<tel:%2B1%20416-893-0377>      Cell: +1 202 905
Twitter: twitter.com/netfreedom<http://twitter.com/netfreedom>
Email: robert at citizenlab.org<mailto:robert at citizenlab.org>
Web: http://citizenlab.org<http://citizenlab.org/>


University of Toronto’s Canada Centre and Citizen Lab Announce the
Cyber Stewards Program

The Canada Centre for Global Security Studies (Canada Centre) and the
Citizen Lab<http://citizenlab.org/> at the Munk School of Global
Affairs<http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/>, University of Toronto
(with the support of the International Development Research Centre
(IDRC<http://www.idrc.ca/>)) are pleased to announce the launch of the
Cyber Stewards program.

The Cyber Stewards program is designed to address the urgent need to
support South-based cyber security scholars, advocates, and
practitioners to articulate a vision of cyber security in which rights
and openness are protected on the basis of shared research and
empirical knowledge.

Cyber Stewards will be selected from across the global South. They
will work locally while networking globally through the auspices of
the Canada Centre and Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

Cyber Stewards will define their own scope of work and activities
based on their local context and pressing concerns. The expectation
will be that Cyber Stewards will map, analyze, and ultimately impact
the cyber security priorities of their own countries and regions on
the basis of shared knowledge and practices.

“We are excited about this opportunity, and the prospects that the
Cyber Stewards network can accomplish,” says Ron
Deibert<http://deibert.citizenlab.org/>, Director of the Canada Centre
and Citizen Lab. “Working together, we envision the Cyber Stewards
will help contribute to a growing global movement of citizens,
scholars and practitioners - a community of practice - whose aim is to
protect cyberspace as a secure but open commons of information in
which human rights are respected.”

Detailed Overview

As cyberspace expands and deepens in the global South, there are
growing concerns around how cyberspace will be governed and
constituted.  The security of cyberspace is now an urgent concern. A
cyber arms race among governments and non-state actors has begun in
earnest. Facing a growing number of threats, from cyber crime to
espionage and warfare, governments are developing ambitious cyber
security strategies, some of which include far-reaching and
potentially ominous censorship, surveillance, and information
operation components.

Unless proper checks and balances are instituted locally, there will
continue to be strong pressures to build “surveillance-by design” into
newly built infrastructure -- particularly the newly emerging mobile
and social media ecosystems.  These troubling trends of information
control and securitization portend the gradual disintegration of an
open and secure commons of information on a global scale.

It is essential that the process of cyber securitization taking place
in the South includes local voices who can articulate a vision of
cyber security in which rights and openness are protected on the basis
of shared research and empirical knowledge.

The aim of the Cyber Stewards project is to help support and develop
those local voices.

Why “Steward”? Stewardship is typically defined as an  ethic of
responsible behaviour in a situation  of shared resources, typically
with respect to the natural environment and the commons, such  as the
oceans and outer space.  Although cyberspace is more of a mixed pooled
resource that cuts across public and private sector than a commons per
se, the concept of stewardship still carries considerable merit: it
implies behaviour that goes beyond self-interest to accomplish
something in the service of a wider public good.  It emphasizes the
need for balance and the appreciation of the complexity of the system.
 It carries with it a connotation of custodianship and citizen-based
monitoring, all of which mesh with the aims of the network we are
setting out to build.

Why should South-based scholars and practitioners link up with a
North-based institution, like the University of Toronto? Moving
forward, it is imperative that stewards of cyberspace include
representation from all stakeholders in the global communications
environment, and that bridges are built between communities across
North, South, East and West.  Although the challenges of each locality
are unique, together we live in a shared communications space that is
becoming increasingly dense and interconnected. We have a shared
responsibility to sustain that space in a manner that supports
everyone’s rights, while keeping it secure. Networking South-based
Cyber Stewards with the University of Toronto’s Canada Centre and
Citizen Lab’s already existing network of collaborative partnerships
will help accomplish that goal and hopefully build a broad community
of global Cyber Stewards that empowers us all collectively.

Who will make up the Cyber Stewards program and how will it operate?
There will be a diversity in research topics and methods, as well as
regional and disciplinary backgrounds, in the constitution of Cyber
Stewards. We anticipate that the group will form a network of peers,
in which the Cyber Stewards regularly interact with each other, engage
in knowledge sharing and joint research and development, and mutual
mentorship.  Cyber Stewards will interact virtually as well as through
occasional joint workshops and major conferences, facilitated by the
Canada Centre and Citizen Lab.

Interested parties from any of the following regions should send a CV
and a five page outline that details project ideas to
cyberstewards at citizenlab.org<mailto:cyberstewards at citizenlab.org>
(Central America, Caribbean, South America, sub-Saharan Africa, Middle
East and North Africa, and Asia).

About the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies
The Canada Centre for Global Security
Studies<http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/canadacentre/> at the Munk
School of Global Affairs<http://www.munkschool.utoronto.ca/> is a
centre of interdisciplinary research, policy development, and other
activities in emerging security issues that are critical to Canada's
future. Established in spring 2010 with a grant from the Government of
Canada, the Canada Centre's areas of interdisciplinary study include
cyber security, global health, food security, and region-specific
concerns, such as the future of the Arctic, post-Soviet Europe, the
new Asian powers, and the changing face of the Americas.

About the Citizen Lab
The Citizen Lab<http://citizenlab.org/> is an interdisciplinary
laboratory based at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the
University of Toronto, Canada focusing on advanced research and
development at the intersection of digital media, global security, and
human rights.

We are a “hothouse” that combines the disciplines of political
science, sociology, law, computer science, engineering, and graphic
design. Our mission is to undertake advanced research and engage in
development that monitors, analyses, and impacts the exercise of
political power in cyberspace. We undertake this mission through
collaborative partnerships with leading edge research centers,
organizations, and individuals around the world, and through a unique
“mixed methods” approach that combines technical analysis with
intensive field research, qualitative social science, and legal and
policy analysis methods undertaken by subject matter experts.

The Citizen Lab’s ongoing research network includes the OpenNet
Initiative<http://opennet.net/>, OpenNet Eurasia, and Opennet.Asia as
well as the Cyber Security Stewards network. The Citizen Lab was a
founding partner of the Information Warfare
Monitor<http://www.infowar-monitor.net/> (2002-2012). The Citizen Lab
developed the original design of the Psiphon censorship circumvention
software, which spun out of the lab into a private Canadian
corporation (Psiphon Inc.) in 2008.

Ronald Deibert
Director, the Citizen Lab
and the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto
(416) 946-8916<tel:%28416%29%20946-8916>
PGP: http://deibert.citizenlab.org/pubkey.txt
r.deibert at utoronto.ca<mailto:r.deibert at utoronto.ca>

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