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..:: Preparation of the Global Trust Center
Of fundamental importance is that the sense of "trust", supported in the real world by multiple traditional means that have grown out of everyday exchanges between people, fails to work out in digital communication as it operates today. Ultimately, trust represents a subjective state of mind on the part of an individual human being vis--vis his or her counterpart. Consciously or sub-consciously, trust is continuously tested in all human communication. This needs to be put in place in digital communication as well.

Reaffirming the status of the individual user is essential for a seamless transition between the "real" world, and its multiple jurisdictions, and the digital world. Until now, individual countries and sectoral interests have continually been busy developing piecemeal remedies and solutions. These efforts have barely served to mitigate the symptoms of the more fundamental problems, which have remained virtually unaddressed.

Through the "Global Trust Center Policy on Enabling Trust in the Digital World", worked out in close collaboration with a broad international network of members and partners, including representatives from the public sphere, the private sector and civil society, the GTC is working to disseminate a systemic approach to resolving these issues.

See further >> http://www.globaltrustcenter.org

Since 2003, IKED has carried out work on the issues of authentication and trust in digital communication. Following joint work with the IT Oresund Academy, IKED served as secretariat for the international Steering Group which prepared the feasibility study on the viability of setting up the Global Trust Center. The venture was presented at the ASEM conference between Asian and European countries in March 2003, the Virtual Opportunity Congress in Sydney in December 2003, the 2nd OECD Conference for Ministers responsible for SMEs in Istanbul, Turkey, June 2004, and in the follow-up process to WISIS, coordinated by UNCTAD since 2006. GTC was on the agenda of WSIS in Paris, at the UNESCO headquarters, November 6-8, 2006, and at the Global Forum held in Athens, November 21-22, 2008. In 2007, the GTC was established as an independent organization under the auspices of the GTC International Council, which comprises members representing some 30 countries.
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