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International Summer School “Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity”

International Summer School “Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity”

Global issues of Internet regulation and network security are dealt with quite differently in India, Brazil and Germany. A comparison of different regulatory approaches shows clear country specifics, especially in the area of data protection law. This is a result of the International Summer School “Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity” that took place from 11 to 18 March 2018 at Centre for Communication Governance (CCG) at the National Law University, Delhi. Eight law students from Universität Hamburg had the opportunity to participate in this international exchange along with students and young professionals form India and Brazil. The 4th International Summer School was organised by the Hans-Bredow-Institut and the Faculty of Law at Universität Hamburg (UNESCO Chair on Freedom of Communication), the CCG, the Global Network of Internet & Society Research Centers as well as the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio).
 
With the topic “Embedding Human Rights in Cybersecurity”, the summer school took on current global issues in the areas of IT security, data protection and human rights implication of “cyberspace.” The summer school was led by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schulz, Ass. Prof. Chinmayi Arun (Executive Director, CCG) and Prof. Dr. Carlos Affonso Souza (ITS). In addition, high-ranking lecturers from the Network of Centers environment, including Anne-Kristin Polster from the Hans-Bredow-Institut.

The country comparison made different levels of protection and regulatory frameworks of privacy visible. Especially the special human rights perspective on this discourse highlighted legal areas of conflict concerning cybersecurity. The students discussed in a policy simulation how regulatory mechanisms can take this into account in the context of different legal systems. According to the legal participants, the teaching of technical basics of cyber-attacks or the like was always informative in this respect.
 
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation supplemented the extensive programme with a lecture on the project “Economy of Tomorrow” in New Delhi. Furthermore, the Brazilian Embassy invited the participants to a discussion on the current development of the right to privacy law in India and Brazil.
 
During the lectures on topics such as national IT security law, international human rights law, cybercrime, encryption and interfaces of artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, there was an enriching exchange for all participants, which could also be deepened while eating together, exploring the city or visiting Taj Mahal.

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