Global Cyber Alliance, Inc

Accelerating Sustainable Development by Enhancing Internet Health

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Global Cyber Alliance, Inc

East Greenbush, New York, United States

http://www.globalcyberalliance.org

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Project Summary

Access to the Internet is a human right and development imperative. Moving forward on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals requires the Internet. But access without security can actually undermine the Internet’s potential and harm individual users. The UN Human Rights Council has urged all States to secure the Internet to protect human rights and “so that [the Internet] can continue to be a vibrant force that generates economic, social and cultural development.” Nevertheless, the security problem continues to worsen, and stands to harm the poor the most, as they lack the resources and expertise to implement solutions. We will address this problem by deploying free solutions that scale to protect everyone, using an approach focused on building a healthy Internet ecosystem similar to how the human body defends against illness. This project will help make the Internet a sustainable force for freedom and development, especially for the most vulnerable.

Problem Statement

Information and communications are at the heart of human engagement. Every day sees more online connections, including email, texts and social networking. These information exchanges underpin the economy and social fabric of communities. They affect nearly everyone. Access to the Internet is therefore a fundamental human right and critical for international development. The Internet is key to addressing global health challenges, expanding education, and ensuring the success of a small business that supports a family. Yet people and their data are perpetually at risk, and there are rising threats to security, privacy, business transactions, free expression and even lives. Market failure abounds, and available resources are invested in the wrong places. Society’s inability to secure the flow of information and increasing dependency on data threaten efforts to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Current attempts to solve this problem do not work at scale, especially for vulnerable populations. Technology solutions and security experts can help some people and organizations, but in developing countries, and particularly for small businesses and end-users, free and easy-to-manage solutions are critical. To make the Internet more secure and communications using it more trustworthy globally, we must focus on solutions that work for all, at scale, given that perhaps trillions of devices will be on the Internet – analogous to solutions that keep the body healthy given the trillions of cells in it. Fortunately, the Internet runs on common software and services, giving us the opportunity to accomplish broad change through shifts in technology.

Solution Overview

To date, existing technology has not provided trust across billions of computers. The Partners will address the Internet security problem differently, focusing on building a healthy Internet ecosystem that uses immune system-like solutions that provide global impact at low cost.First, we will reduce the Internet’s vulnerability – that is, we improve its health – by helping the computers, phones, and devices that are part of the Internet be more secure from first use. To do so, we will leverage the universal reliance on software and online services to drive change. We will provide online toolkits that can be used widely, and without charge, by millions of users. This will reduce the actual risk faced by marginalized people in target locations by 85%.Second, we will build services that allow the Internet itself to identify and automatically implement defenses to attacks, in the way the human immune system detects and repels infections. We will give at least 25% of the world access to free and effective protection. Third, because some threats require a human response, the Partners will empower the first responders of the Internet – cybersecurity response organizations and trusted law enforcement – to protect economic security and human rights in twenty or more countries.Using globally neutral and transparent metrics, we will measure progress on a quarterly basis to know if we are on the path to success.These actions will benefit anyone who depends upon a computer, phone, or smart device, and at least indirectly, everyone.

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Project Funders

  • District Attorney of New York County
  • Craig Newmark Philanthropies
  • Bloomberg L.P.

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