IGF 2019 WS #102 Inclusive governance for cyber norms


Organizer 1: David Wilp Sudha, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Organizer 2: Bruno Lete, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Organizer 3: Chihaia Mihai, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Organizer 4: Jessica Zucker, Microsoft Corporation

Speaker 1: Maciej Surowiec, Private Sector, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: David Wilp Sudha, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Bruno Lete, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Policy Question(s): 

How can we reinvigorate intergovernmental processes on cybernorms by enhancing multi-stakeholder input? What are the best practices for multi-stakeolder policy input from intergovernmental organizations in other domains (e.g. OSCE, OECD, WHO, IAEA, OPCW, etc.)? Which of the identified mechanisms can we apply on UNGGE context?

Relevance to Theme: Today, the UNGGE discussions around cyber norms and cyber governance are still dominated at large by a group of select states through various intergovernmental processes. But multistakeholder inputs are a cornerstone to ensuring more security and stability in cyberspace. This panel will therefore discuss how to programmatically infuse the intergovernmental process with more multi-stakeholder input in order to make cyber governance more accessible and inclusive to a wide range of stakeholders. The panel will draw lessons learned and feature best practices from other (non-cyber) domains such as non-proliferation of chemical and atomic weapons, global health policy, international economic cooperation, etc.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The panel would look to improve multilateral processes focused on cyberspace governance. It will be an attempt to compress best practices for policy input mechanisms from unrelated fields into a programmatic blueprint that could be applied to UNGGE context in order to strengthen its mandate in cyber governance.


Panel - Auditorium - 90 Min

Description: Since the end of the last UN GGE process in 2017, many government participants have recognized the importance of building in multistakeholder input models given the disproportionate impact insecurity in cyberspace has on the private sector or civil society. However, multilateral processes, such as those at the UN, traditionally do not have a mechanism for bringing in non-governmental stakeholders to dialogue. This panel is intended to brainstorm and put forth proposals to help disrupt the traditional multilateral model and pave the way forward for a new multistakeholder system of governance for cyberspace”

The format of this 90min. panel will be specially designed to feature 4 key policy makers and practitioners in on-the-record conversation, along with a GMF moderator. We aim to encourage a frank exchange of views and interactive debate, and not prepared remarks or official presentation. In the beginning each speaker will receive 7-8min to share some straightforward thoughts. After speakers' initial input the moderator will proceed with Q&A among the speakers and with the audience.

Issues to be discussed will include, in the following order, (1) describing opportunities or challenges for 3rd party input at UNGGE level with perspectives from GOV, BIZZ and NGO speakers, (2) featuting multi-stakeholder input best practices and lessons learned with representatives of other (non-cyber) intergovernmental institutions, and (3) all speakers togehter exploring how to implement these best practices on the UNGGE proccess.

The moderator will have have an active role and will guide the conversation accordingly. The moderator may ask spontaneous follow up questions to the speakers and will include the audience in the debate.

Target speakers are:
* Mr. Kai Chen (China), Head of Public Affairs, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
* Mr. Marcos Bonturi (Brazil), Director for Public Governance, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
* Ms. Katherine Getao (Kenya), ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Kenya
* Mr. Maciej Surowiec (Poland), EU Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft
* MODERATOR: Ms Sudha David Wilp (USA), Deputy Director Berlin Office, The German Marshall Fund of the United States

Expected Outcomes: To raise public awareness for the importance of including 3rd party voices into the intergovernmental process around cyber governance and rules of behaviour for states in cyber space. To identify policy solutions (a blueprint) how to do so, with the specific aim to enhance successful negotiations at UNGGE level.

Onsite Moderator: 

David Wilp Sudha, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Jessica Zucker, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Chihaia Mihai, Civil Society, Eastern European Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

The moderator will ensure an interactive and dynamic conversation between the panelists and with the audience. Speakers will be briefed beforehand this is not a venue for statements or speeches, but that we seek a real conversation. Speakers will also be briefed to keep their initial remarks to 7-8min max to allow for maximum interaction with the audience.

Online Participation: 

An experienced online moderator and a cyber domain expert will encourage contributions/questions to the panel coming from outside the room. We recognize that variety of 3rd parties will not be present in the room. (including some of the non-internet related organizations having strong multi-stakeholder input mechanisms -whom we will encourage to join online) so we'll seek to establish strong links between onsite and online participants.

Proposed Additional Tools: use GMF web tools to reach external audiences, e.g. panel promotion on GMF webpage, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr + live-tweeting the panel


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