Expert Roundtable on Norms for Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace (Official Side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015)

On 15 April 2015, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, together with the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), organized an official side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2015, which is hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The side-event consisted of an expert roundtable (invitation-only). The topic of the expert roundtable was “Reconciling Policy Priorities of the Global North and South: Implications for Norms of Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace.

This side-event seeked to contribute to a principal objective of the GCCS 2015, which is to discuss norms for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. Key state actors in both the Global North and South have called for the elaboration of such norms and made various proposals to this end. To identify and articulate norms to which many or most states can subscribe, however, it is important to first understand national and regional policy priorities, which are dictated, in part, by security and development imperatives. To this end, the side-event brought together cyber and public policy experts from the Global North and South to engage in a constructive, policy-oriented dialogue on several key issues including:

  • North-South policy coherence aimed at facilitating universal access and increasing the affordability of the Internet and devices in the Global South
  • Capacity building initiatives that benefit all countries and promote cyber security/cyber hygiene more generally
  • The extent to which these issues fall within the remit of individual states versus when they should be regulated at the international level, and how.

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