Submitted Proposals

Organization: China Association for Science and Technology
Title :
33. Global Culture for Cybersecurity
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

Our proposed theme of Workshop is “the global culture for cybersecurity”, which is a focal point of the world today in undertaking the mandate of IGF. To appeal for the formation of global culture for Cyber-Security is the main approach to build the information society with broad ICT accessibility, with the openness and trusted environment, so as to have a save and secure cyber-world.

The openness, diversity, security and access for all are the indispensable elements of the Global Culture for Cyber-Security. Internet is global, for a save, secure, open and diversified Internet, we have to build the global culture supportive for this target. So this theme is closely bounded to the main themes of IGF. The Workshop is going to explore the structure and main frame of the “global culture for cyber-security”, discuss the possible different view points on what should be included into this global awareness, what is not. There may be many important topics to be developed under this theme.

We have already successfully organized the workshop of global culture for cyber security at the first IGF meeting. During the workshop a draft proposal of World Norm on Internet has been put forward and thoroughly discussed. At the second IGF meeting, this important and interesting topic has been further addressed and the way of arriving at the consensus on this issue has been explored more thoroughly. At the proposed workshop the emphases will be: (1) How to build and spread trust through the Internet, and how to construct a trust framework on the Internet; (2) How to build ethical principles concerning self-consciously resisting the use of Internet to spread junk mails, viruses, worms, Trojan horses, illegal or harmful information, interfere or attack information systems, steal confidential data and violate privacy. The workshop will also keep close watch on the similar issues such as the Guidance of Internet security suggested by the ITU.

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.

1) Prof. Wolfgang Kleinwächter, International Communication Policy and Regulation, University of Aarhus; Special Advisers to the Chair of IGF.

2) Mr. Richard Simpson, Vice-Chair of the OECD Committee on Information Communications & Computer Policy

3) Professor Henrik Kaspersen, Chairman of the International Committee, the Council of Europe; Professor of Computer Law Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

4) Dr. William Drake, Director of the Project on the Information Revolution and Global Governance, the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland

5) Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Director of Diplo Foundation;

6) Kamel Ayadi, President of World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO);

7) Mr.Parminder Jeet Singh, Executive Director of IT for Change.Most of them have expressed their willingness to attend our workshop.

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.

1) Consultative Committee on UN Information Technology, China Association for Science and Technology (CCIT/CAST) 

2) Internet Society of China (ISC) 

3) Program for the Study of International Organization(s) at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva,Switzerland 

4) ISOC 

5) Committee on Information Technology, World Federation of Engineering Organization 

6) IT for Change (India) 



Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?
A healthy global culture for cyber security is in fact the common foundation for the implementation of the four principles, it is important to reach the agreement among all stakeholders worldwide. Internet embodies modern information technology and is the basic infrastructure of information society. It represents a new generation of the social productive forces. However, it also raises urgent ethical issues leading to many problems of cyber insecurity. People working in information science and technology should carry out research and development works and also work together with other sectors of society to use Internet in a rational and responsible manner so as to promote economic and social progress. We are opposed to the use of Internet to spread spam, virus, illegal or harmful information, and interfere or attack other information systems, steal confidential data and violate privacy. We appeal to the international organizations and forums, first of all IGF, to promote the approaching at a commonly recognized “global culture for Cyber-Security”, or, in other words, a World Internet Norm.
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.
1) This Workshop focuses on the global culture of cyber security, which is in conformity with the item 39 of Tunis Agenda as follows: “We seek to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs by strengthening the trust framework. We reaffirm the necessity to further promote, develop and implement in cooperation with all stakeholders a global culture of cyber security, as outlined in UNGA Resolution 57/239 and other relevant regional frameworks.”2) It is in conformity with the following items as set out in para 72: a. The formation of global culture for cyber-security is a strategic target, to achieve this target, it is necessary to have supportive public policy and, first of all, to have common awareness of the global culture among multistakeholders and the policy-makers; b. global culture formation will be a result of full exchange of information and best practices, case studies etc. of the IGF process; c. it will call upon the experts from different fields to find methods to make Internet more affordable and accessible; d. The common awareness to what is good and what is misuse of the Internet which will be and could only be developed during the process of the global culture formation is the foundation to find the methods to solve the issues emerged in the Internet.
List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.
1.IGF meetings in Athens and in Rio: CCIT/CAST and ISC successfully co-organized the workshops; 2. CAST organized a side event in United Nations Framework on Climate Change in Kenya, Dec, 2006; 3. WSIS Tunis Phase, 2005, Tunis: CAST organized a session on the Chinese NGO in bridging the civil society, ICT and MDGs. ISC organized another session in the Tunis Phase on Internet Governance for Development. 4. Other world-known international conferences organized by CAST and ISC as following:1) China Internet Annual Conference;2) World Engineers’ Convention, 2004 (3,500 participants) 3)World Physiological Conference, 2003; 4) World Mathematic Convention 5) General Assembly of International Union for Sciences (ICSU), 2005
Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?
We were part of organizing a workshop last year, titled the "Global Culture for Cybersecurity". We have submitted the workshop report to the IGF secretariat by e-mail.