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Workshop Number: 23

Title: Cybercrime – common standards and joint action

Concise Description:
Most countries are concerned about the growing threat of cybercrime, and many tools and instruments against cybercrime are available. The Budapest Convention on Cybercrime not only provides a framework for comprehensive legislation and international cooperation but that it provides a basis for joint action against cybercrime in a broad sense:

- For the protection of children in conjunction with the Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse
- For the protection of personal data in conjunction with the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Automatic Processing of Personal Data
- For measures against the terrorist use of the information technologies in conjunction with Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism
- For measures against counterfeit medicines in conjunction with the future MEDICRIME treaty
- For measures against criminal money flows, money laundering and the financing of terrorism in conjunction with Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds from Crime and on the Financing of Terrorism.
- To facilitate training for law enforcement, prosecutors and judges
- As a common basis for technical assistance and capacity building measures against cybercrime
- For the promotion of the rule of law and fundamental rights on the Internet through procedural law measures and conditions and safeguards

However, tools and instruments are not necessarily implemented in all countries and regions of the world, and nor is there necessarily longer-term sustainability built within countries. This is vital to ensure longer term success in fighting cybercrime, and building and “institutionalising” capacities. Common and urgent efforts to strengthen legislative frameworks, criminal justice capacities, international cooperation and public/private cooperation, the protection of children and measures against criminal money flows on the Internet are therefore required based on tools and instruments already available, or easily adaptable. Additional resources will be required and efforts would need to be undertaken to facilitate access to development cooperation funds for measures against cybercrime.

Good practices are available and can be shared in view of encouraging others to join a global capacity building effort. Experience also shows that the agreement on a common framework of reference, that is, the Budapest by Convention, helps mobilise resources and create partnerships among public and private sector organisations.

In order to add impetus and resources to efforts against cybercrime and allow societies worldwide to make best possible use of tools, instruments, good practices and initiatives already available, a global action plan aimed at obtaining a clear picture of criminal justice capacities and pressing needs, mobilising resources and providing support, and assessing progress made should be considered, preferably by the United Nations and the Council of Europe in partnership with the European Union, Parties to the Budapest Convention, and other interested parties.

The workshop will share good practices available, inform about initiatives underway and discuss the feasibility of a global technical assistance and progress review mechanism regarding cybercrime.

Which of the five broad IGF Themes or the Cross-Cutting Priorities does your workshop fall under?
Security, Openness and Privacy

Have you organized an IGF workshop before? Yes
If so, please provide the link to the report:

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite:

- Markko Künnapu, Ministry of Justice of Estonia and chair of the Cybercrime Convention Committee (T-CY)
- Rusudan Mikhelidze, Ministry of Justice of Georgia
- Zahid Jamil, Pakistan
- Jayantha Fernando, Director/Legal Advisor, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka
- Laurent Masson, Director for Anti-Piracy and Digital Crimes for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)
- Cristina Schulman, Council of Europe

Moderator: Alexander Seger, Council of Europe


Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups:
Alexander Seger, Council of Europe

Organization:Council of Europe

Contact Person: Alexander Seger