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Cyberlaw, Bitcoins, Blockchains, Cybercrimes & Darknet

Cyberlaws.Net and Pavan Duggal Associates, Advocates, Supreme Court of India


Session No. 161 entitled “Cyberlaw, Bitcoins, Blockchains, Cybercrimes & Darknet” will examine the emerging trends pertaining to Cyberlaw at a global scale in today’s context.  The Session will also examine the significance of emerging technologies like Blockchains and Bitcoins and the need for enabling legal frameworks connected therewith.  The said Session will also look at the increasing volume and new kinds of cybercrimes happening in different parts of the world and the need for legally regulating the same.


This session will aim to look at the development of Cyberlaw in the direction of fighting cybercrime and the emerging important trends pertaining to Cyberlaw and how to deal with the emerging challenges raised by issue of Bitcoins, Blockchains and Darknet.


The said session will examine the following:-

• Emerging and current growth of Cyberlaw and cyber legal frameworks across the world.

• Practical challenges being posed before Cyberlaw development with new technological advances

• Increasing use of Bitcoins for cybercrimes and money laundering

• Use of Bitcoins and Blockchains for criminal purposes

• Advent of Darknet

• Need for legal frameworks to deal with the challenges pertaining to Darknet and misuse of new technologies


Darknet is an important component of the Internet.  Majority of the stakeholders currently don’t like to talk about darknet, but Darknet is not going anywhere. On the contrary, it is getting increasingly more significant with each passing day.  This Session will examine the legal and technical nuances and issues pertaining to Darknet and its connection with cybercrimes and how there is a need for coming up with appropriate legal frameworks to effectively regulate cybercrime activity on the darknet. The Session would aim to examine the challenges that cybercrimes are today presenting before the lawmakers and law enforcement agencies across the world. Further, the Session will examine how Bitcoins related cybercrime activities are beginning to emerge as a challenge and why there is a need for Cyberlaw frameworks in today’s scenario to effectively regulate the same. Not just the current trends and developments in Cyberlaw that have emerged would be discussed but also future potential developments that are likely to emerge in the horizon in the context of Cybercrimes, Bitcoins, Darknet and Blockchains would also be examined in the said Session.


The said Session would aim to keep its attendees updated on the latest emerging perspectives and thought process on Cyberlaw jurisprudence and cybercrimes as also Darknet. This Session would also seek to inform the participants about the various international approaches concerning Cyberlaw and Cybercrime and further what legal, policy and regulatory approaches need to be adopted in the context of Bitcoins and Blockchains.

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Pavan Duggal, President, Cyberlaws.Net, Chairman, International Commission on Cyber Security Law & Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Speakers / panellists
  • Pavan Duggal, President, Cyberlaws.Net, Chairman, International Commission on Cyber Security Law & Advocate, Supreme Court of India
  • Dr. Salma Abbasi, Founder, Chairperson and CEO, e-Worldwide Group TBC
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Director, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)-TBC
  • Mr Leon Strous, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP)-TBC
  • Alfredo M. Ronchi, Secretary General, EC MEDICI Framework
  • Pablo Hinjosa, Strategic Engagement Director, APNIC-TBC
  • Other members of the Community
Session 161
  • Monday, 11:00 – 13:00
  • Room K2, ITU Montbrillant
  • Thematic Workshop

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2–6 May 2016, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland