Apr 2015 16 – 17

Hosted by the Netherlands, the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) will take place in the Hague. Representatives from governments, private sector and civil society will gather in order to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, to enhance cyber capacity building, and to discuss norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace. Anja Kovacs, who is on the civil society advisory board for the conference, will be participating.

Cyberspace unlocks enormous potential gains in wealth and welfare in an ever more connected society.

To be able to continue to benefit from the internet as an enabler for development and innovation, we must ensure the following:

  • maintain and develop safe ways to do business online

  • protect online freedom and combat crime related activities

  • promote international stability in the cyber domain

The Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 will bring stakeholders from various backgrounds together to discuss these challenges in a comprehensive manner. Only by working together globally can we guarantee that the most crucial piece of societal infrastructure of the 21st century will remain free, open and secure. In that way the full potential of the cyber domain can be used.

Key objectives #

1. Support practical cooperation in cyberspace

The Conference will seek to jointly develop practical worldwide responses to urgent challenges. Like tackling and prosecuting cybercrime, improving CERT cooperation and taking technical measures to safeguard the internet.

2. Promote capacity building and knowledge exchange in cyberspace

The Conference will seek to launch a Global Cyber Resilience Initiative where all partners can share their cyber expertise and work together.

3. Discuss norms for responsible behavior in cyberspace

The Conference will seek to build on the Seoul Framework to promote consensus on norms related to ensuring cybersecurity, combating cybercrime and dealing with threats to international stability. And promote international discussion on human rights and privacy on the internet.

Principles that guide the Global Conference on Cyberspace #

The three preceding Global Conferences on CyberSpace (in London, Budapest and Seoul) established a set of principles on internet governance. The GCCS2015 will take these principles a step further and work them out in practical solutions to real and urgent challenges. Our approach will be pragmatic. We will aim to achieve solutions through the building of effective coalitions. We believe the future of the internet should be discussed in a multi-stakeholder way: all those who have a stake in cyberspace must be able to participate.