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IGF 2018 Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace


Cybersecurity, Norms, Cyberdiplomacy


The international cybersecurity regime continues to be in flux. Norms of responsible state behavior, confidence building measures, and the application of international law will continue to define the interstate narrative and are essential to the furtherance of the international rule of law in cyberspace. Both bilateral and multilateral discussions have attempted, and in some cases managed, to address the risks involved in inadvertent escalation as well as a loss of escalation control. However, attempts to find a workable interstate dialogue seem to have reached an impasse. 

The mandate of the GCSC is to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability in cyberspace. The first phase of the Commission’s work has focused on developing recommendations for norms of responsible behavior in cyberspace, to influence the conduct of both state and non-state actors in ways that complement and reinforce the norms already developed elsewhere.

Session Content

During this panel, GCSC Commissioners will present the work of the Commission on norms, in particular the launch of the Singapore Norm Package, and get feedback from the broader IGF community.



Welcome Remarks by Michael ChertoffCo-Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), Co-founder and Executive Chairman at the Chertoff Group, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and Marina Kaljurand, Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) and former Foreign Minister of Estonia;


Rules of the Road - GCSC proposed norms of responsible behaviour in Cyberspace

  • Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet, by Wolfgang Kleinwächter, Professor Emeritus, University of Aarhus, former ICANN Board Member, and former Special Ambassador of the NETMundial Initiative
  • Call to Protect the Electoral Infrastructure, by Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament
  • Proposed Norm for State and Non-State Actors to Avoid Tampering with Products Prior to their Release, by Bill Woodcock, Executive Director of Packet Clearing House
  • Proposed Norm Against Commandeering of ICT Devices into Botnets, by Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer of Internet Society (ISOC)
  • Proposed Norm for States to Create a Vulnerability Equities Process and Proposed Norm to Reduce and Mitigate Significant Vulnerabilities, by Christopher Painter, Former Coordinator for Cyber Issues in the U.S. State Department, Principal Visiting Fellow at The Hague Center for Strategic Studies
  • Proposed Norm on Basic Cyber Hygiene as a Foundational Defense, by Anriette Esterhuysen, Director of Global Policy and Strategy, Association for Progressive Communications
  • Proposed Norm Against Offensive Cyber Operations by Non-State Actors, by Frederick Douzet, Professor at the French Institute of Geopolitics at Paris 8 University & Chairwoman of the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy


Interventions from Stakeholders

  • David Martinon, Ambassador for Digital Affairs, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France
  • Sarah Deutsch, Board Member, ICANN 
  • Jan Neutze, Director of Cybersecurity Policy, Microsoft 
  • Olivier MJ Crépin-Leblond, Chair of European At-Large Organisation (EURALO), ICANN
  • Carmen Gonsalves, Head of the Task Force International Cyber Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands


Question & Answer with wider audience

Relevant Publications

Session Time: 
Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 13:30 to 15:00
Salle XII

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Palais des Nations,
CH-1211 Geneva 10

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