22 September 2021 – The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) issued the enclosed press release with a statement on the interpretation of the norm on non-interference with the public core.
The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) welcomes the strong interest of the international community in its work, especially in the norm on non-interference with the public core of the Internet. We are delighted that the concept of the public core of the Internet has been fully integrated in such diverse texts as the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace and the Cyber Security Act of the European Union. We were also pleased to note that fundamental components of the public core norm, in particular the principles of our appeal to all actors to abstain from intentional activity that could substantially damage the general availability and integrity of the public core of the Internet, were endorsed in the 2021 reports of the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) and the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE).
In light of more recent references to the norm, the Commission offers further clarification on the norm and underlines the importance of and support to the current multistakeholder approach, which is critical to ensuring the stability of cyberspace.
The full statement is attached and available here.
About the Commission
Launched at the 2017 Munich Security Conference, the mission of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace is to develop proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The Commission helps to promote mutual awareness and understanding among the various cyberspace communities working on issues related to international cybersecurity. The final GCSC report “Advancing Cyberstability” is available on cyberstability.org.