2nd dialogue of the Road to Bern via Geneva: Data protection

The event is posponed to 22 – 23.04. due to the extraordinary situation.

In total, four events will take place in Geneva as part of the Road to Bern. The four events focus on one of the four phases of data management. The events will be organized by Switzerland, together with two international organizations, which are based in Geneva.

Topic of the second dialogue is ” Data protection against vulnerabilities: questions of trust, security, and privacy of data”.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) are the co-hosts.

Wednesday April 22 : 10:00 – 11:30 –- PART 1

10:00 – 10:15 : Introduction

Jean-Pierre Reymond, Chargé de mission, Head of Innovation Partnerships, Permanent Mission of Switzerland in Geneva

Welcome and opening remarks

Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Chair: WIPO  

10:15 – 11:30 : Session 1- Protecting data: practice, needs and challenges

Panelists: Dennis Murathaty, Chief Security Officer, WIPO ; Vincent Cassard, Deputy Head, Data Protection Office, ICRC ; Christine Adam, Division Head, Office of the Legal Counsel, Office of Legal Affairs, International Organization for Migration ; Enrica Porcari, Chief Information Officer and Director of Technology UN World Food Programme ; Regina Scartazzini Ditsch, Legal Service Unit, Swiss Statistics Office

Moderator: Alica Daly, Senior Policy Officer on Artificial Intelligence and Data, WIPO    

Thursday April 23 : 10:00 – 12:30 –- PART 2

 10:00 – 10:10 : Welcome and opening remarks

Balthasar Staehelin, Deputy Director General, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Chair: ICRC

10:10 – 11:00 : Session 2 – Looking ahead: new actors and new approaches

Representative of academic institutions

Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Director, PersonalData.IO

Jean-Yves Art, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft

Jonas Belina, Diplomatic Officer, Humanitarian Policy, Human Security Division, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Moderator: Yannick Heiniger, Partnerships Manager, Office for Digital                             Transformation, ICRC

11:00-11:30 :  Virtual coffee break on Remotely Green

Experience the unexpected and meet panellists & participants

11:30 – 12:30 : Brainstorm Session After learning what needs and challenges data protection poses for organizations and also what new approaches are being developed for data protection, the brainstorm session will gather small groups of panellists and participants (maximum 20) to discuss the questions indicated below : 

11:30 – 11:40 : Introduction by Professor Jovan Kurbalija, Founding Director of Diplo Foundation and Head of Geneva Internet Platform

Brainstorming in small breakout groups (random selection) :

11:40 – 12:10 : What proposals can we make to the UN World Data Forum?

Discuss & comment the WIPO-ICRC view

What is the role of Geneva when it comes to data protection?

Discuss & comment the WIPO-ICRC view

12:10 – 12:30 Reconvening in the plenary moderated by Jovan Kurbalija

Share the key idea emerging from each breakout group

Closing remarks: Jovan Kurbalija


You are kindly invited to register for Dialogue 2. on Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.fr/e/cross-sectoral-dialogues-on-digital-cooperation-n-2-on-dataprotection-registration-102083771308   no later than April 17, 2020.

The e-link to join Dialogue 2 will only be sent to registered participants. To foster interactive discussions and fruitful exchanges, the number of participants is limited. It is therefore recommended to register on time.

For more information on the Dialogues, visit : https://www.giplatform.org/rtb-geneva

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