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Day 2 – 23 October

14:30 – 17:30 (3 Hours) - Focus Session (Security): Legal and other Frameworks: Spam, Hacking and Cyber-crime

This session will aim to produce clear takeaways on legal and other frameworks for addressing the complicated and oftentimes controversial problems of spam, hacking and cyber-crime. This session will pick up and carry forward some of the discussions that were held at the WCIT in Dubai in December of last year, with a particular emphasis on pragmatic solutions.   

The multistakeholder discussion will examine frameworks for preventing and responding to spam, hacking and cyber-crime on the Internet.  The session will examine the impact of these security issues and provide unique capacity building opportunities for all interested stakeholders, including policymakers, about existing initiatives and potential solutions.

We will discuss the complementary roles of technical solutions and cooperation, legal frameworks and law enforcement responses, and cross-border cooperation mechanisms.

Specific framework issues to be discussed include:
•       Negative economic and social impacts of spam and other malware;
•       Successful education and capacity building initiatives;
•       Effective approaches to public-private partnerships and other forms of cooperation;
•       Model legal frameworks for addressing hacking and cybercrime;
•       Legal and technical efforts to address cross-border criminal activity on the Internet.

Tentative Schedule:

14:30 - 14:45 (15 mins.)

1. Introduction of Questions for this session

14:45 - 16:00 (75 mins)

2. Spam

i. Assessment of spam problems.  How big of an issue is it?  How successful have we been in managing the problem?

ii. Broader impact of spam (e.g., network traffic), including issues raised during the WCIT.

iii. Initiatives update:  LAP and MAAWG.  What are the lessons learned and how do we scale these solutions into a larger framework of cooperation?

iv. How is the spam problem evolving and what should be done about it?

v. Audience participation, workshop input and takeaway solutions.

16:00 - 16:30  - Break  (TBC)

16:30 - 17:30 (60 mins)

3. Hacking and Cybercrime

i. Discussion of hacking and cybercrime problems, particularly at the global level.

ii. Legal frameworks and law enforcement cooperation.  What's working and what needs to be streamlined or strengthened?

iii. Capacity building programs.

iv. Audience participation, workshop input and takeaway solutions.

17:30 - 18:00 (30 mins)

i. Session summaries of areas of agreement and takeaway options.


Host Country Chair: Dr. Edmon Makarim (Research Fellow and Professor University of Indonesia)

Jayantha Fernando, Director & Legal Advisor, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka

Chris Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, US Department of State

Karen Mulberry, Policy Advisor, Internet Society

Wout de Natris, Consultant, Expert, International Cybercrime, Security and Spam Cooperation


Nii Quaynor, Professor, Chairman of Board of Directors at National Information Technology Agency, Ghana (TBD)