IGF 2019 WS #99 Towards a Multistakeholder Cybersecurity Framework

Organizer 1: Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, European Summer School on Internet Governance
Organizer 2: Alexander Klimburg, The Hague Centre for Security Studies
Organizer 3: Max Senges, Google

Speaker 1: Johannes von Karczewski, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 2: Ludmilla Georgiew, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Jan Neutze, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Marina Kaljurand, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 5: Anriette Esterhuysen, Civil Society, African Group

Policy Question(s): 

1. Norms for good behaviour of state and non-state actors in cyberspace
2. Collaboration among various private sector and governmental initiaves (Paris Call, Tech Accord, Charter of Trust, GCSC, GGE/OEWG, Contract for the Web etc.) to enhance cybersecurity,
3. Development of a Multistakeholder Global Framework for Cybersecurity and Digital Cooperation

Relevance to Theme: Discussions on norms for the behaviour of state and non-stae actors in Cyerspace have been intensified since the failure of the UNGGE in 2017. Numerous activities by the private sector as well as by governments has been launched in recent years aimed at more cyberstabilty and enhanced cybersecurity as the Paris Call, the Global Commmission on Stability in Cyberspace, Microsofts Tech Accord and Digital Peace Campaign, Siemens Charter of Trust etc.

Relevance to Internet Governance: Security, stability and resilience on cyberspace is since the start of the IGF in 2006 a key issues of Internet Governance


Break-out Group Discussions - Round Tables - 90 Min

Description: Towards a Multistakeholder Cybersecurity Framework: How to translate multiple plans – from the Charter of Trust to the Paris Call - into one global pratice.

Recent Cyberattacks againts core elements of the Internet infrastructure have the dangerous potential to undermine stability in cyberspace. Freedom of communication, digital trade and many other activities of today´s life are dependent from a functioning Internet. This is recognized both by states and non-state actors around the globe, however so far there is no global agreement among stakeholders how to keep the vybersdpace stable and secure.

In the last two years a number of initiatives to stabilize cyberspace and to avoid a new generation of cyberconflicts has been launched both by various governments and the private sector. The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace (initiated by the French government) got meanwhile the support of more than 60 governments and around 500 non-governmental actors. The Dutch government initiated in 2017 the establishment of the Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspoace, which has proposed a so-called „Norm Package“ to enhance cybersecurity. The Charter of Trust (initiated by Siemens) as well as the Tech Accord and the Cyber Peace Campaign (both initiated by Microsoft) got broad support from governments and non-governmental stakeholders. In June 2019 the final report of the UN High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation will also make recommendations to contribute to security, stability and resilience in cyberspace.

All this are good examples, how the multistakeholder approach to Internet Governance, as proposed by the Tunis Agenda (2005) is translated into concrete actions and how governments, the private sector, the technical community and civil society are working hand in hand to keep the Internet, free, open, unfragmented and peaceful.

The two new intergovernmental committees, established by the 73rd UN General Assembly in December 2018 (GGE & OEWG) have now a concrete mandate to negotiate arrangements to enhance cybersecurity on a global level. They are also invited to enter into broader consultations with non-state actors and regional organisations.

The proposed workshop will bring experts from the various projects together and will discuss, how the state and non-state initiatives can support each other and contribute to the emergence of a global framework for cybersecurity and digital cooperation and to stop the militarization of cyberspace and to enhance cybersecurity.

Charter of Trust/Siemens, Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace, Google,

Session Organizers:
Wolfgang Kleinwächter, GCSC, Max Senges, Google, Johannes von Karczewski, Siemens

Johannes von Karczewski, Siemens
Ludmila Georgieva, Google
Anriette Esterhuysen, APC, South Africa
Jan Neutze, Microsoft
Marina Kaljurand, Global Commisison on Stability in Cyberspace, MP, Estonia

Additional Resource Persons:
Carmen Gonsalvez, Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs (TBC)
Christoph Meinel, Hasso Plattner Institute Potsdam
Isabel Skierka, Digital Society Institute, Berlin (TBC)
Chris Painter, former Cyber Coordinator of the US Department of State

Wolfgang Kleinwächter, GCSC (Offline) / Alexander Klimburg, The Hague Center for Strategic Studies (Online)

Louk Fassen, GCSC

Expected Outcomes: 1. Enhanced collaboration among the various state and non-state cybersecurity initiatives
2. Development of a Proposal for a Multistakeholder Global Framework for Cybersecurity and Digital Cooperation (New Deal)

Onsite Moderator: 

Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator: 

Alexander Klimburg, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Louk Faesen, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Discussion Facilitation: 

The format will be a round table discussion with a moderator who will encourage interventions from the floor as well as online. A background paper will be distributed online before the workshop

Online Participation: 

A background paper will be distributed online before the workshop


GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions