Global Digital Governance & Cooperation
Cyber Diplomacy and Peace on the Internet
Organizer 1: Pavel Mraz, 🔒Microsoft
Organizer 2: John Hering, Microsoft
Organizer 3: Tupou’tuah Baravilala, MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS
Organizer 4: John Hering, Microsoft
Organizer 5: Edoardo Ravaioli, 🔒
Organizer 6: Joyce Hakmeh, 🔒
Speaker 1: Joyce Hakmeh, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Pablo Castro, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Marie Humeau, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Engelbert Theuermann, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Charlotte Lindsey, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 6: Nick Ashton-Hart, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
John Hering, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Edoardo Ravaioli, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Tupou’tuah Baravilala, Government, Asia-Pacific Group
Panel - 90 Min
A. Which multilateral processes, currently underway or in development, would most benefit from the inclusion of multistakeholder voices and how can inclusion best be achieved? B. How can non-governmental stakeholders maximize impact in terms of positively influencing these processes? C. How can industry and civil society better co-operate and build alliances to convince the international community of states of the benefit of more systematic and meaningful multistakeholder inclusion in cyber diplomacy efforts?
What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain an appreciation of the benefits that can be derived from systematically including multistakeholder voices in cyber diplomacy efforts. They will also better understand how non-governmental stakeholders can maximize their effectiveness when participating in multilateral discussions/negotiations and how to better prepare for these opportunities to maximize impact.
Threats emanating from cyberspace continue to increase in both sophistication and frequency. They cannot be effectively countered by governments, industry or civil society on their own. To make meaningful progress, all stakeholder groups need to find ways to better work together and leverage each other’s strengths, resources and expertise. This is particularly true for cyber diplomacy related endeavors – including those underway at the United Nations. However, inclusion of multistakeholder voices in multilateral discussions and negotiations remains piecemeal and uneven. This session will examine recent examples of inclusion/exclusion of multistakeholder voices in cyber diplomacy efforts. It will compare, contrast and showcase lessons learned. The session would feature representatives from the governments, industry, and civil society.
The session is expected to raise awareness about the need for more systematic and meaningful multistakeholder inclusion in cyber diplomacy efforts. It will showcase lessons learned, including from inter alia various UN processes and the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. It will foster understanding that although industry and civil society may not always speak with one voice, there is benefit from amplifying and leveraging each other so as to positively influence multilateral cyber diplomacy processes. The session could produce a set of best practices and recommendations for governments, industry and civil society.
Hybrid Format: We intend to designate onsite and online moderators to facilitate interactive discussion among speakers and the audience joining online and in person. To ensure online audience is engaged fully, we intend to encourage and prioritize online questions. Moreover, we intend to leverage technical tools available to host an interactive hybrid discussion, such as using online polling tools and dividing online audience into brake-out discussion groups to encourage participants' sharing of views on multistakeholder engagement in existing cyber diplomacy processes. To maximize the session's impact and drive up in-person/online attendance, the co-organizers intend to work with speakers to amplify this session via their respective institutional social media accounts. Finally, to incentive the multistakeholder community to share their views on multistakeholder engagement in different fora, we intend to use the insights gained through this session to put together a multistakeholder document summarizing best practices and recommendations for governments, industry, and civil society.
UN cybersecurity dialogues should take steps to have more robust and systematized multistakeholder inclusion.
Fragmentation of cybersecurity dialogues, at the UN and beyond, make multistakeholder engagement more challenging, especially for organizations with limited resources.