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About us

..:: The Global Trust Center in brief

The GTC was initiated in 2003 by a small group of individuals, responding to the observations of outstanding serious issues in digital communication that remain unresolved in mainstream multilateral negotiations. The proposal was first presented at the ASEM conference, between Asian and European countries, hosted by IKED in Malmö. In the aftermath of that conference, continued research and deliberations in a series of international conferences underlined and verified the rationale for an independent Global Organization capable of summoning a range of experts and stakeholders for the purpose of working up the basis for a user-centric approach to transactions in the Digital World. An international Steering Group was put together which oversaw work on a feasibility study, concluded in 2006.

The GTC has since participated in a number of events and discussion processes arranged by IKED, the OECD, the Global Forum, UN, EU, ETSI, and ASEM. Work commenced in 2006 on the Global Trust Center Policy, "Enabling Trust in the Digital World".

In 2007, GTC organised the first International Council meeting where representatives of more than 20 countries endorsed the Global Trust Center Policy on Enabling Trust in the Digital World. In 2008, the number of countries represented in the Council grew to 30. Following consultations with key country institutions, new members are proposed and accepted on the basis of the Council Constitution.

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..:: Global Trust Center (GTC) Association and the GTC Governance Model

This Association provides the legal status, under Swedish law, for the GTC as a not-for-profit entity. The Association is responsible for guarding the independent status of the organization. Membership in the International Council, as the highest governing institution, is awarded to one exceptional individual per country to be represented. The Council appoints its Executive Council which follows work in the organization between Council meetings.

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..:: The GTC takes on the roles of:

  • Champion of the user's rights in the digital world;
  • Channel for research and analysis addressing the outstanding issues confronting users in the information society;
  • Authority on the definition and communication of best practice and guidance on issues of digital identity and trust;
  • Forum for action-oriented policy work to overcome national and sectoral differences and formulate requirements for global solutions applying to the digital world and its interface with the real world;
  • Enabler for the individual user to transition, seamlessly, between the physical world with its multiple jurisdictions and the digital world.

   
 
   

 

 

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