Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace to hold first meeting

May 30th 2017 - 16:42


The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) will hold its first full Commission meeting. The GCSC was initiated by HCSS in cooperation with EastWest Institute (EWI). Together, HCSS and EWI form the GCSC Secretariat. The meeting is set up to confirm the group’s action agenda and areas of focus, and will take place on June 2-3, 2017 in Tallinn, Estonia on the sidelines of the 9th annual conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2017).

The GCSC meeting will take the opportunity to engage with a range of academic and government experts on the critical initiatives in the field of international cyberspace stability, as well as confirm research and policy initiatives. The GCSC will also announce the launch of their Research Advisory Group that will help implement the Commission’s agenda, particularly on cyberspace security, Internet governance, international law as well as technical and information security.

“The first meeting of the full Commission marks a critical step in the GCSC’s approach and direction over the next three years,” said Marina Kaljurand, GCSC Chair, and former foreign minister of Estonia. “Cybersecurity depends on the cooperation of a range of stakeholders such as the government, private sector, civil society, academia and experts, across the right balance of geographies. On the strength of our Commissioners representing 18 countries, and with the added inclusion of experts from CyCon and elsewhere, we look forward to highly productive series of discussions that will shape our work going forward and help ensure advancement on how best to tackle the security of cyberspace.”

Launched at the Munich Security Conference in February, the GCSC is the first organization of its kind dedicated solely to developing and advocating for norms and policies to improve cyberspace stability and security. The Hague-based organization is comprised of 26 commissioners and chaired by Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), and includes co-chairs Michael Chertoff (USA) and Latha Reddy (India).

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Dr. Alexander Klimburg is Director of the GCSC Initiative and Secretariat, Director Cyber Policy and Resilience Program at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, and a former associate and former research fellow of the Science Technology and Public Policy Program and Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center. Dr. Klimburg is also a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, and an associate fellow at the Austrian Institute of European and Security Policy.

Louk Faesen is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS. He holds a Master’s degree in Law and Politics of International Security (LLM) from the VU University of Amsterdam.