Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

Promoting stability in cyberspace to build peace and prosperity


Afilias Joins Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

The Hague, the Netherlands –January 15 2019 – Afilias, the world’s second

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GCSC meeting in Geneva hosted by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)

Version as of 12 December 2018 The Global Commission on the Stability

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Request for Consultation: Norm Package Singapore

Overview Purpose: This public comment procedure seeks to solicit comments and obtain

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Mission Statement

We have reached the end of a twenty-five-year period of strategic stability and relative peace among major powers. Conflict between states will take new forms, and cyber-activities are likely to play a leading role in this newly volatile environment, thereby increasing the risk of undermining the peaceful use of cyberspace to facilitate the economic growth and the expansion of individual freedoms.

In order to counter these developments, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace will develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The GCSC will engage the full range of stakeholders to develop shared understandings, and its work will advance cyber stability by supporting information exchange and capacity building, basic research, and advocacy.

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Norm Package Singapore

In November 2018, the GCSC issued the Norm Package featuring six new global norms for both state and non-state actors to help promote the peaceful use of cyberspace.

Request for Consultation: Between December 17, 2018 – January 17, 2019, you can submit feedback on the norm package using the guidelines on template and style to the GCSC Secretariat ([email protected]). For more information about the consultation procedure and the documents, visit here

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Call to Protect the Electoral Infrastructure

At its second meeting in May 2018 in Bratislava, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) issued a Call to Protect the Electoral Infrastructure with the following norm:
“State and non-state actors should not pursue, support or allow cyber operations intended to disrupt the technical infrastructure essential to elections, referenda or plebiscites.”

The GCSC welcomes feedback on this norm, both in terms of wording as well as possible levers for implementation via [email protected] or [email protected].

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Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet

At its fourth meeting in November 2017 in New Delhi, the GCSC issued a “Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet“ with the following norm urging all Internet stakeholders to safeguard the general availability and integrity of the Internet:

“Without prejudice to their rights and obligations, state and non-state actors should not conduct or knowingly allow activity that intentionally and substantially damages the general availability or integrity of the public core of the Internet, and therefore the stability of cyberspace.”

After the sixth Meeting in May 2018 in Bratislava, the GCSC proposes a definition for the Public of the Internet. As input to its process, a working group of the GCSC conducted a broad survey of experts on communications infrastructure and cyber defense to assess which infrastructures were deemed most worthy of protection.

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The Commission comprises 26 prominent independent Commissioners representing a wide range of geographic regions as well as government, industry, technical and civil society stakeholders with legitimacy to speak on different aspects of cyberspace.


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