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No. 132 Where Internet governance and Cybernorms debates converge?

Pablo Hinojosa


1. Primary Contact Information


Organizational Affiliation: APNIC - The Regional Internet Registry for Asia-Pacific

2. Secondary Contact Information


Organizational Affiliation: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

3. Workshop Format. Please click here for a description of available Workshop Session Formats.


4. Panel format background paper

No background paper provided

5. Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

6. Title

Where Internet governance and Cybernorms debates converge?

7. Description of workshop

The UN Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security has become a key forum for discussing global cybersecurity. The GGE process will launch its latest round of talks in Fall 2016. These discussions will include further development of voluntary, non-binding norms for States to improve the security and stability of ICTs. To date, the GGE process has almost exclusively involved States. Meanwhile, the Internet community has been mostly absent from these discussions. To the extent that the Internet community looks to the UN, the focus has been on WSIS and ICT for Development discussions in the Second Committee (Economic and Financial). The GGE, in contrast, is a First Committee process.

Among the central achievements of the GGE to date is the elaborating of cybernorms. Among the commitments in the GGE’s 2015 Report was its endorsement of norms that States would (i) not conduct or knowingly support ICT activity that intentionally damages the use and operation of critical infrastructure, (ii) not knowingly target another State’s CSIRT, nor (iii) use their own CSIRTs for malicious activity.

The purpose of this round table is to build a bridge between the Cybernorms discourse and Internet governance debates. At present, the two conversations have rarely intersected, but just as decisions on Internet Governance impact the security and stability of cyberspace, so too can the GGE’s adoption of cybernorms or other recommendations impact Internet Governance in significant ways. This Roundtable will include experts on both communities to create an open exchange of information, present the evolution of both debates, and ask deep questions about collaboration.

8. Tags

Tag1: Cybernorms

Tag2: Internet governance

Tag3: Critical Internet Resources

9. Name, stakeholder group, and organizational affiliation of workshop proposal co-organizer(s)

Pablo Hinojosa, Technical Community, APNIC
Duncan Hollis, Academia, Temple University

10. Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


11. Description of the plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The round-table will begin with 4 key inputs provided by 2 experts in each camp, Cybernorms, and Internet-governance. An informal introduction of the debates will occur at this stage. Then, the moderator will ask questions to the different participants of the round-table. After the participants explained their views, then the experts will provide their input to those questions in a way to wrap-up the debate. A final round of concluding remarks will be held until the end of the session.

12. Proposed Speakers

Munyua, Alice
Marciel, Marilia
Poetranto, Irene

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Marciel, Marilia
Munyua, Alice
Poetranto, Irene

13. Reasons for Speakers and/or description of how stakeholder views will be represented

Duncan Hollis and Madeline Carr will be the two leading experts to help setting the scene on the UNGGE Cybernorms process. James Lewis, who has been Rapporteur of the UNGEE process will also contribute his views. Izumi Okutani and Alejandro Pisanty will explain the Internet governance processes of the last decade. Then questions will be made around why these two processes haven't been bridged before, and the group will discuss common threads and intersection points.

14. Name of in-person Moderator(s)


15. Name of Remote Moderator(s)


16. Name of Rapporteur(s)


17. Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

There will be incentives to promote remote participation. The moderator will include questions raised from Webex and will actively mediate between the room and the remote participants.

18. Based on which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

No information provided

19. Background paper

Background paper

20. Agenda

0-5 (5 mins) - Moderator will set the scene and introduce both debates, cybernorms and Internet governance. Will explain objective of the roundtable: to explore these two processes, that have evolved in parallel and whether there are points of convergence or opportunities for cross-pollination.

5-15 (10 mins) - Duncan Hollis will talk about Cybernorms discussions in the last decade or so. Will introduce James Lewis who will talk about the UNGGE process.

15-25 (10 mins) - Izumi Okutani will talk about the Internet governance discussions in the last decade or so.

25-40 (15 mins) - The moderator will introduce Madeline Carr and Alejandro Pisanty. They will kick-off a discussion: Madeline will ask questions to the Internet Governance camp and Alejandro will ask questions to the cybernorms camp.

40-50 (10 mins) - The floor is open to the participants to contribute to the discussions. Moderator will look for lessons learned from both debates. Opportunities for cross-pollination will be s

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