The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) is helping to promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. By finding ways to link the dialogues on international security with the new communities created by cyberspace, the GCSC has a genuine opportunity to contribute to an essential global task: supporting policy and norms coherence related to the security and stability in and of cyberspace.
Chaired by Marina Kaljurand, and Co-Chairs Michael Chertoff and Latha Reddy, the Commission comprises 27 prominent 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.
The GCSC will be linked to existing initiatives, such as the Global Commission on Internet Governance and the London Process, through Special Representatives.
The Commission is initiated by two independent think-thanks, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) and the EastWest Institute (EWI). Under the direction of Alexander Klimburg (HCSS), Director of the Initiative, and Bruce McConnell (EWI), Co-Director, the Secretariat provides operational support to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace.
The Commission is supported by numerous funders, who facilitate its work and research. The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, the EastWest Institute and the Commissioners would like to recognise and acknowledge the following funders for their generous support.
- Government of The Netherlands
- Microsoft Corporation
- Government of Singapore
- Internet Society (ISOC)
- Government of Estonia
- Packet Clearing House
- Black Hat
These organizations and institutions are committed to advancing the debate and putting forward creative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the stability of cyberspace.
The Research Advisory Group (RAG) fulfills a critical research and execution element of the Commission. It functions as the Commission’s academic backbone and links the latter to the wider research community. The RAG engages in scientific research to support the deliberations and publications of the Commissioners and, through its outreach and community engagement, also fulfills a crucial advocacy mission of the Commission. Members are able to respond to requests for proposals commissioned by the GCSC, as well as generate their own ideas for further enquiry. Select members will also be invited to provide testimony to the Commission at the Full Commission Meetings (twice per year).
The core interaction of the Research Advisory Group is founded on four email lists that correlate to the key subject areas that the Commission focusses its work on. Each list is moderated by a RAG Deputy Chair.
- International Peace and Security of Cyberspace (RAG-P), moderated by Deputy Chair Mr. Hugo Zylberberg.
- Internet Governance (RAG-I), moderated by Deputy Chair Ms. Marilia Maciel.
- Law (RAG-L), moderated by Deputy Chair Ms. Liis Vihul.
- Technical and Information Security (RAG-T), moderated by Deputy Chair Mr. Koichiro Komiyama.
The Research Advisory Group is chaired by Mr. Sean Kanuck, who reports to the Commission and the Secretariat, and participates in all Commission meetings.
Interested in joining the Research Advisory Group?
The Commission is currently looking to recruit researchers and experts to join the Research Advisory Group. Find out how to join here.