Legal Challenges in Cybersecurity: Freedom To vs Freedom From?

The symposium explores some of the current challenges and developments in cybersecurity from a predominantly legal perspective. Its title, borrowed from Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, encapsulates the fundamental tension that arises from attempts to secure cyberspace.

The freedom to use the internet is aided by legal frameworks that aim to provide users with a freedom from unlawful interference by third parties (e.g., hacking, identity theft, and fraud). Yet, overly stringent security laws have the potential to interfere with users’ liberty, including the ability to transfer data across geo-political borders. In light of this tension, several recent regulatory instruments will be parsed and discussed to determine their impact on cybersecurity and liberty. These include China’s Cybersecurity Act and the EU’s Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The symposium is the first of four annual conferences that will be held under the aegis of the research project ‘Security in Internet Governance and Networks: Analyzing the Law’ (SIGNAL). The SIGNAL project is run by the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law (NRCCL) in collaboration with several partner institutions and funded by the Norwegian Research Council and UNINETT Norid AS. For more information, see:

Programme (pdf)


Registration by: 6th October – register at

Attendance at the symposium is gratis but requires binding registration due to limited places.


The symposium will be preceded on Monday 16 October by a roundtable discussion session for invited experts only, at the Department of Private Law, University of Oslo.


The day immediately after the symposium,  UNINETT Norid AS will be holding a seminar to celebrate 30 years of the existence of the .no domain. The seminar will also take place at Hotel Bristol. For more information, please see:

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