Nov 2017 23 – 24

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India, will be hosting the 5th edition of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2017. GCCS has been earlier hosted in London (2011), Budapest (2012), Seoul (2013) and The Hague (2015). Dr. Anja Kovacs will be joining the Delhi conference as a speaker.

GCCS is a prestigious global event where international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks, cyber wizards and others gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space. GCCS was launched with a view to establish internationally agreed ‘rules of the road’ for behaviour in cyberspace, and create a more focused and inclusive dialogue between all those with a stake in the internet (governments, civil society and industry) on how to implement them.

The theme of the 2017 conference is ‘Cyber4All: A Safe, Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development’. GCCS 2017 aims to foster a holistic view of cyber space ensuring not only empowerment of individuals but also enabling governments to achieve national goals of sustainable development. With a 360 degree view, GCCS 2017 aims to promote open dialogue among all stakeholders so as to create a safe, secure and inclusive cyber space. Through such dialogues and partnership, the conference aims to give a direction to the world community on such critical issues for optimising the potential of cyber space for all.

Dr. Anja Kovacs will be speaking in the session ‘Idea of Open and Free Internet for All’, which will take place from 9.15 am until 10.45 am on 24 December, in room Peacock 2 at the Pullman Hotel. The other speakers in the session are:

Dr. Ajay Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and IT

Mr. P K Kapur, Visiting Clinical Professor, University of Maryland

Mr. Paul Byron Wilson, Director General, APNIC

The session will be moderated by Mr. Jeremy Malcolm, ICT Policy Adviser and Advocate, Electronic Frontier Foundation

In GCCS 2017, the Government of India is expecting to host around 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries from various fields of cyber space, including over 50 delegations at the ministerial level. Other stakeholders like industry, civil society and academia from various countries will also be participating. The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, will be inaugurating the event. There will be four plenary sessions and twelve parallel sessions featuring eminent speakers from across the world. Full details of the event can be found on the GCCS2017 website.


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