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BPF on Cybersecurity - Exploring best practices in relation to recent international cybersecurity initiatives


Latest : Statement on the IGF and Cybersecurity to the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security - Second substantive session (13 February) - Informal Paper submitted by the IGF Secretariat to the UN OEWG (February 2020). 


IGF2020 BPF on Cybersecurity


The outline proposal for the continuation of the BPF Cybersecurity in 2020 was developed following feedback on the BPF mailing list in December and approved by the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG): 

Part 1:  continue identifying new agreements, their relative scope, and update the research paper to include this new work. The analysis will continue look for horizontal / overlapping commitments (those appearing in more than one initiative) as well as for initiative- specific commitments (which only appear in one).

Part 2: 

  • Selecting a small set of agreements on which we will perform a Call for Contributions to collect additional best practices on their implementation. We realized that the 2019 work could have been more successful if it was more clearly targeted, and we will therefore select a small number of agreements from within those reviewed in 2020 in order to gain additional input on this targeted sub-set of agreements.

  • Identify methods of norms assessment, as implemented by different stakeholder groups. Norms assessment includes mechanisms to determine whether a particular norm is adhered to, or if violations are identified and assessed.

  • Evaluate the difference between norms-making between government stakeholders, and norms-making between and / or within other communities, in particular the private sector. We expect to draw on the BPF’s 2016 work, in which we identified roles & responsibilities, to determine what norms are most important to be implemented or endorsed by a specific group.

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