Expert Presentation Meeting on “DarkNet: the New Societal, Legal, Technological and Ethical Challenges”

When, local time: 
Thursday, 14 September 2017 -
10:00am to 1:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Consultative Meeting
Mr. Boyan Radoykov, Chief of the Section for Universal Access and Preservation, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector (email:, Tel: +33 1 45 68 36 66).

The Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) and the Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO are organizing an Expert Presentation Meeting under the theme “DarkNet: the New Societal, Legal, Technological and Ethical Challenges”.

It will take place on 14th September 2017 at UNESCO’s Headquarters, in Room IV, from 10h00 to 13h00, with simultaneous interpretation in English and in French.

Not all content available in cyberspace can be accessed using standard search engines. In reality, there is an entire online parallel world – commonly called the DarkNet, which is in reality describing the part of the Internet that can be access anonymously and is frequently used for the purpose of illegal activities, including exchanges of sensitive data, child pornography, drug hubs, weapons trafficking etc. It is also more and more used by terrorist and extremist groups promoting racism, hatred and violent extremism.

This Expert Presentation Meeting will allow discussing challenges of cyber threats and ways to improve national strategies through innovative and global solutions in that respect. The event also reflects UNESCO/IFAP active engagement in the field of fighting radicalization leading to violence of youth in cyberspace.

The meeting will be opened by Ms Chafica Haddad, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme (IFAP) and moderated by Mr Boyan Radoykov, Knowledge Societies Division, UNESCO.

The participants to this event are:

- Ms Nacira Guerroudji-Salvan, Docteor in Computer Science and Founder of the "Circle of Women in Cyber Security"

- Mr Nicolas Arpagian, Scientific Director of the "CyberSecurity Program", National Institute for Security & Judicial Studies  (INHESJ)

- Mr Dan Shefet, Lawyer and President of the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (AAID)

- Mr Tony Day, Senior Software Developer at CENTRIC (Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research)

- Mr Jonas Seider, Criminal Intelligence Officer, Interpol