Vint Cerf: “Implications of a Digital Commons”

Vint Cerf: “Implications of a Digital Commons”

November 26, 2019, Commission in the News

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This article was published by the Munich Security Conference on 24 November 2019

At the MSC Cyber Security Summit 2019 in Berlin, Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google and Special Advisor to the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), spoke on the idea of the internet as a digital commons and its implications for the security of cyberspace: “Cybersecurity is a broad concept and its achievement implies protections from harm for all participants, and identification and apprehension of parties abusing their access to cyberspace to harm others.”

Like every commons, these distributed and widely shared resources (like computing, communications or software), can be overconsumed or abused. One idea to protect that commons and its users comes from the GCSC, which has proposed norms that would protect the core public infrastructure of the Internet from harm.

Cerf agrees with the GCSC’s work and says that “multi-lateral agreements will be needed to achieve this objective and multi-stakeholder consultations will be essential to the formulation of effective policies.”

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