Digital Sovereignty, Switzerland and Trustless Computing

Last week, we were invited as TRUSTLESS.AI and Trustless Computing Association to pitch in Zurich and then in Bern, and then to make a presentation to the prestigious conference Digital Sovereignty: how sovereign could Switzerland be? in Zurich - participated by the new Swiss Federal Cybersecurity Delegate, Florian Schuetz, top ranking Israeli official, and the leaders of the Swiss cybersecurity investment and research community.

Thomas Duebendorfer - president of the largest Swiss angel investor association, cybersecurity expert, and investor 12 cybersecurity startups - presented the past and present excellence of Switzerland companies advancing Swiss digital sovereignty. We were honored to be mentioned (min 4.25 of this video) among Swiss historical leaders such as Crypto AG and ID Quantique.

Here is an slightly extended version of our speech about how our Trustless Computing Certification Body and TCCB-compliant Seevik Pod Service will enable top Swiss private banks to position themselves and global leaders in client-side cybersecurity, while also helping Switzerland increase its digital sovereignty and promote economic development:

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Sovereignty is a measure of the freedom and civil rights of citizens. It is not an absolute. Digital Sovereignty is that same measure, in cyberspace and through cyberspace.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau explained 250 years ago how and why we need a social contract to maximize personal freedom. He explained how personal freedom, and the self-determination and public safety of our democracies, coincide. We all know today that you cannot have one without the other.

Yet, since the Internet revolution most have been deluded to think that those evident truth do not apply Cyberspace because of its unique nature. This has lead to a great loss and risk of digital sovereignty.

On the one hand, most western security agencies and center-right parties have taken a cyber-securitarian approach, believing that we can and should sacrifice personal freedoms in order to maximize public safety, in a inevitable zero sum game. Yet, we learned recently how such sacrifice has greatly damaged the functioning of our democracies, and in turn public safety.

On the other hand, most civil rights activists and center-left parties have taken a cyber-libertarians approach, whereby they believe citizens can rely on new cryptographic protocols and open source software to self-provide meaningful freedoms without building or relying on existing or new trusted third parties. Such idea is not only technically flawed - because the complexity of supply chains make it impossible to self-provide meaningful digital freedoms without relying on a trusted third party - but it would have tremendous public safety consequences if it was possible, with extremely dangerous abuse by criminals.

So far, therefore, most have considered personal freedom and public safety in cyberspace as an “either or” choice. We believe instead that it is instead a “both or neither” challenge that can and must be solved.

Switzerland is large enough and dedicate very large funds to radically increase its sovereignty at least for the most critical societal use cases of citizens, governments and private banks, reaping huge economic benefits. 

It could do so by applying an uncompromising zero trust approach to ALL critical technologies and processes in the entire supply chain and lifecycle - down to CPU design, fabrication oversight, and ultimately to certifications whose governance makes it radically more trustworthy than current ones. 

But then, most powerful nations - for very concrete and solid reasons - break all techs and certifications in a plausibly deniable way to preserve public safety, and they could not allow the wide availability of non interceptable IT.

So therefore any radical increase in security has to also ensure that legitimate cyber-investigation is not substantially limited.

At TRUSTLESS.AI and Trustless Computing Association, we are building a new Trustless Computing Certification Body that reconciles the need for radically more secure IT and legitimate lawful access - and a complaint standalone 2mm-thin personal computing device that you carry in a custom wallet - and eventually be embedded into a custom flagship phone for as a magic ultra-secure back screen to build a private digital sphere for everyone.

Find here more details about our vision of how an ambitious pursuit of digital sovereignty can also become a great economic development opportunity for Switzerland.

Come to learn more about it and join our activities at our 7th Edition of the Free and Safe in Cyberspace conference series, to be held in Zurich next January.