GCSC Request for Proposals: Call for Research

As a result of the Commission Meeting in Delhi the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) issued a set of Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for four research projects.

The deliverable product is a report that upholds to the standards of an academic journal to inform the deliberations of the Commission Meeting in May 2018. The researchers will be invited to present their work to the Commission at this meeting.

This project consists of four lots:

  1. Adaptations to Enhance the Stability of Cyberspace
  2. Impact of Technological Developments
  3. Beyond the UN GGE
  4. Defining Offensive Cyber Capabilities

The winning proposals will receive the funding associated with the RFPs and get involved in the work of the Commission.

More details on the research project and the application procedure are available in the attached Request for Proposals.

Proposals should be submitted as a single Word file to [email protected] by 17:00 (local time The Hague) on Friday 19 January, 2018, with “Proposal: GCSC Research Project [specify the lot number and title]” in the subject line.

 

About the GCSC and the Research Advisory Group

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) develops proposals for norms and policies to enhance international security and stability and guide responsible state and non-state behavior in cyberspace. The GCSC engages the full range of stakeholders to develop shared understandings and its work will advance cyber stability by (i) supporting information exchange and capacity building, (ii) research, and (iii) advocacy.

At its meeting in the margins of the GCCS2017 in New Delhi, the GCSC released a Call to Protect the Public Core of the Internet by all Internet stakeholders to safeguard the general availability and integrity of the Internet. The commissioned research briefings and memos for Project 1 on the Public Core informed the deliberations of the Commission Meeting in Delhi and will be published in the beginning of January 2018. The experts of the Research Advisory Group that executed the commissioned research were invited to present their findings during the “Cyberstability Roundtable” of the GCSC Meeting in Delhi.

The deciding element of the GCSC are the Commissioners, distinguished individuals who have worked on different aspects of the security and stability of cyberspace. The Commission is a self-nominated volunteer body that sets its own agenda and work schedule. The Commission is supported by a Secretariat – led by The Hague Centre of Strategic Studies (which started the initiative with support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands) and the EastWest Institute. Key financial supporters are included in the Management Board, which, however, does not have an agenda setting function. More information about the Commission, its mission and members is available on https://cyberstability.org/about.

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.

The core interaction of the Research Advisory Group occurs in four email lists that correlate to the key subject areas that the Commission focuses its work on. Find out how to join the lists here.