IGF 2019 WS #168 Cyber Sovereignty & Cyber Security Law

Organizer 1: Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker 1: PAVAN DUGGAL, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: CHRISTOPH STUECKELBERGER, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: SALMA ABASSI, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Policy Question(s): 

1. What is the concept of cyber sovereignty? What are its limits?

2. How are countries trying to expand the scope of cyber sovereignty using cyber security regulation?

3. What is the actual implementation capability of such provisions concerning cyber sovereignty?

4. Does Internet jurisdiction not pose a challenge to cyber sovereignty?

5. What can be the limits for cyber sovereignty?

6. Could the cyber sovereignty of one country potentially be violating or contravening the cyber sovereignty of another country/

7. How can the cyber sovereignty of different countries be appropriately balanced by putting in adequate limits?

8. What is the legal framework in the event if there is a breach of cyber sovereignty of one country by other countries?

9. What is the international mechanism in the event there is a dispute between different countries to the extent of applicability and expanse of cyber sovereignty of countries?

These and other policy questions are likely to be discussed in the proposed Workshop.

Relevance to Theme: Today different countries are coming up with different national legislation on cyber sovereignty. One of the key thrust areas of the said legislation is cyber sovereignty. Different countries are expanding their scope and applicability of cyber sovereignty. This workshop will look at how cyber sovereignty as a concept has evolved and how cyber security law has been evolving as an instrument for further enhancing the cyber sovereignty of different countries.

This workshop will look at the role of cyber sovereignty in enhancing the cyber security law jurisprudence.

The proposed workshop will be organized by International Commission on Cyber Security Law.

Relevance to Internet Governance:
Cyber sovereignty has a direct relevance to Internet Governance. Internet Governance today is going through very transient times. The norms of behavior in cyberspace have not been appropriately developed. On top of it, different national legislations are coming up with different national perspectives and visions of what is cyber sovereignty. Very expansive definition of cyber sovereignty is currently being given so as to expand the applicability and ambit of national laws to areas beyond the territorial boundaries of different countries.

In a scenario like this, the proposed Workshop will try to examine the interconnection between cyber sovereignty, cyber security law and the Internet Governance. The broader the countries are defining their concepts of cyber sovereignty, the higher the chances that it could have potential prejudicial impact upon the entire issue of Internet Governance. For the purposes of governing the entire Internet properly, more holistic and balanced approaches need to be adopted in the context of cyber sovereignty.

Further, Internet Governance mechanisms must provide for adequate and efficacious adjudication of disputes between countries pertaining to the extent of the cyber sovereignty. These and other important issues in cyber security law have a direct connection on Internet Governance. As such, the present Workshop will be extremely relevant from the perspectives of both state and non-state actors. The proposed workshop will deliberate as to how appropriate norms could be developed so as to provide to the world, a balanced approach on cyber sovereignty, in order to minimize potential disputes between nations and in order to provide more harmonious coexistence so that Internet Governance can be effectively implemented in a far more efficacious harmonious and constructive manner

Format: 

Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Description: Today different countries are coming up with different national legislation on cyber sovereignty. One of the key thrust areas of the said legislation is cyber sovereignty. Different countries are expanding their scope and applicability of cyber sovereignty. This workshop will look at how cyber sovereignty as a concept has evolved and how cyber security law has been evolving as an instrument for further enhancing the cyber sovereignty.

This workshop will look at the role of cyber sovereignty in enhancing the cyber security law jurisprudence.

The proposed workshop will be organized by International Commission on Cyber Security Law.

Expected Outcomes: The workshop will aim to come up with potential solutions and approaches that could be adopted in order to minimize potential confrontation between different nations , in the event of conflicts arising concerning cyber sovereignty of nations.

Discussion Facilitation: 

The workshop will be in an interactive format. The workshop will encourage more participation from participants and also various stakeholders from different sectors and corners.

Online Participation: 

Usage of IGF Tool

SDGs: 

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions