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NRIs Collaborative Session on Cybersecurity

NRIs Collaborative Session: Discussing the National and Regional experiences in approaches and cooperation for cyber-security  and cyber-safety and resilience for infrastructure providers and users

Theme: Security, Safety, Stability & Resilience
Sub-theme: Cyber Security Best Practice, Cyber Attacks
Policy Questions: 

  • Cybersecurity norm-making initiatives - how to bridge the gaps and make them work?
  • How cybersecurity policy and regulation can address emerging technological challenges?
  • How can cooperation and collaboration on national, regional and global levels help to increase cybersecurity?
  • What legal regulations are already in place but potentially need to be enforced and what new legal regulations should be created to address upcoming threats?
  • What role can institutional arrangements play?
  • What role should different stakeholders play in cybersecurity capacity building approaches?

Relevance to Theme and Internet Governance: Safe and secure online environment is a pre-condition for the respect of social, civil, human, cultural and political rights of all people connected to the Internet. Cyber attacks, Internet shutdowns, data missus and manipulation, online fraud, illegal access to online information are all the reality of many countries and regions. Censorship is present and in some communities, it reaches absolute barriers, as the whole online networks or particular services are being shut down. Some legislations face practices where laws are introduced to allow for legal grounds to cancel some online services. These are not addressed within a comprehensive, global framework that would allow for harmonization of principles. As a result, we face segregation in terms of addressing these matters and coming up with effective solutions.

Description: This session will focus on concrete case study examples of what are the cyber-security and cyber-safety concerns for involved countries and regions, what has been done so far in regard to addressing these and providing solutions. All participants will focus on modes of digital cooperation for the safe and secure Internet.

Format of the Session: Interactive roundtable discussion

Expected Outcomes:  The session aims to showcase concrete issues local communities have related to cybersecurity, and will produce a set of concrete messages on what are the issues and how to potentially resolve them.

Discussion Facilitation: The moderator will follow the agreed set of policy and will allow for introductory, case study remarks by the NRIs speakers. This will be followed by engaging other present participants into developing an interactive discussion.

Online participation: A dedicated online moderator will be placed next to the onsite moderator. All participants will be using the online speaking queue to be treated equally in their requests for interventions. All input presentation will be made available at the IGF website and links will be shared via the online tool.

Co-Organizers:

  1. Japan IGF
  2. Chad IGF
  3. Albania IGF
  4. Ecuador IGF
  5. Vanuatu IGF
  6. Brazil IGF
  7. IGF-USA
  8. Mauritius IGF
  9. South Korea IGF
  10. North Macedonia  IGF
  11. EuroDIG 

Speakers: Speakers to be delegated through an open, bottom-up process by the NRIs multistakeholder organizing committees.

Connection to SDGs:

GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

GOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

Villa Le Bocage
Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland

igf [at] un [dot] org
+41 (0) 229 173 411