The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace visits The Hague during Dutch Cyber Security Week

During the Dutch Cyber Security Week, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS) invited GCSC Commissioners to discuss “International Norms, Cyberstability, and the Future of the Internet”. The event brought together government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders from various braches of the Dutch and international cybersecurity community, and was organized in the context of the Dutch Cyber Security Week that takes place around the Europol – INTERPOL Cybercrime Conference and the EC-Council’s Global Cyberlympics final.

After a presentation about the underlying ideas, structure and goals of the Commission, Mr. Klimburg, the Director of the GCSC Secretariat and Initiative, moderated the session with three Dutch Commissioners: Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer of ISOC; Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament; and Uri Rosenthal, former Foreign Minister of the Netherlands and Special Envoy for International Cyber Policy.

Each Commissioner raised concerns from their communities and shared insights on the risks and challenges that threaten the international security and stability of cyberspace, how to mitigate them, and what the way forward for international consultations on international peace and security should look like according to them. In this context, “the Commission remains strongly committed to the broad-tent approach” stated Commissioner Olaf Kolkman.

The Commissioners addressed the first priority of the GCSC: “the public core of the Internet”, and the protection thereof, and discussed it with Dutch and international cybersecurity stakeholders. Among other things, they exchanged views on the conceptualization of (parts of) the internet as a “global public good”.

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