Submitted Proposals

Organization: Council of Europe
Title :
Cybercrime laws and policies - the role of parliaments
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Comprehensive and consistent legislation is essential to help societies meet the challenge of cybercrime and thus to enhance the security of and confidence in information and communication technologies.  The Convention on Cybercrime provides a global guideline in this respect. While governments are driving legislative reforms in many countries around the world, it is now increasingly parliaments/legislative assemblies which are preoccupied with the complex question of cybercrime legislation and policies.

The aim of the workshop is to encourage parliaments to take on this responsibility while keeping in mind to balance the rights of users and the role of the private sector on the one hand, and security concerns on the other.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.

It is proposed to invite panelists from legislative assemblies from different continents:

Federal Senate of Brazil (proposed) 

National assembly of Egypt (proposed) 

Parliament of India, Committee for Information and Communication Technology,  (proposed) 

National Assembly of a European country (proposed)

The Council of Europe has been cooperating with these stakeholders. Once it is confirmed that the workshop will be included in the IGF agenda, their participation will be confirmed.

Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.
The Council of Europe will organise the workshop and ensure that it reflects geographical diversity and multi-stakeholder interests. Gender - which forms a key element of its human rights work and standards - will also be reflected in the discussions.
Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
So far, discussions in particular at the international level focused on the role of governments (ministries of justice, ICT ministries, telecom regulators) and the private sector in the preparation of cybercrime legislation. The involvement of parliaments would thus represent a different perspective.
Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.
The workshop will address the crucial question of security and confidence in ICTs. The proposal is in line with the Tunis Agenda in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs and the IGF mandate paras 72 a), d), f), h), k).
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

The Council of Europe – most often in cooperation with other stakeholders – carried out more than 60 events on cybercrime legislation all over the world since 2006. Recent events include the Octopus Interface global conference on Cooperation against Cybercrime on 1-2 April 2008.

The proposed workshop would provide a follow up to the workshop on “legislative responses to cybercrime threats” organized by the Council of Europe in cooperation with other stakeholders at the Rio IGF in 2007.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
Together with the EBU, WBU, IFJ and the BBC, the Council of Europe co-organised the IGF workshop on “Quality and the Internet – using and trusting Internet content  (report submitted).  The Council of Europe also organised an open forum on the public service value of the Internet (report will be submitted shortly) Together with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Council of Europe co-organised a best practice forum on  “Public participation in Internet Governance: Emerging Issues, good practices and proposed solutions” (report submitted) Together with UNESCO and OSCE, the Council of Europe co-organised the workshop on “Freedom of expression as a security issue” (report will be submitted shortly). The Council of Europe also organised an open forum on “Protecting children on the Internet” (workshop report not submitted), and a best practice forum on the “Cybercrime convention” (report will be submitted shortly).