On 16-17 April 2015 the Netherlands hosted the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in The Hague. Representatives from governments, private sector and civil society gathered in order to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, to enhance cyber capacity building, and to discuss norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace. GCCS2015 took place in the World Forum in The Hague.
Cyberspace unlocks enormous potential gains in wealth and welfare in an ever more connected society.
To be able to continue to benefit from the internet as an enabler for development and innovation, we must ensure the following:
- maintain and develop safe ways to do business online
- protect online freedom and combat crime related activities
- promote international stability in the cyber domain
The Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 brought stakeholders from various backgrounds together to discuss these challenges in a comprehensive manner. Only by working together globally can we guarantee that the most crucial piece of societal infrastructure of the 21st century will remain free, open and secure. In that way the full potential of the cyber domain can be used.
1. Support practical cooperation in cyberspace
The Conference sook to jointly develop practical worldwide responses to urgent challenges. Like tackling and prosecuting cybercrime, improving CERT cooperation and taking technical measures to safeguard the internet.
2. Promote capacity building and knowledge exchange in cyberspace
The Conference sook to launch a Global Cyber Resilience Initiative where all partners can share their cyber expertise and work together.
3. Discuss norms for responsible behavior in cyberspace
The Conference sook to build on the Seoul Framework to promote consensus on norms related to ensuring cybersecurity, combating cybercrime and dealing with threats to international stability. And promote international discussion on human rights and privacy on the internet.
Principles that guide the Global Conference on Cyberspace
The three preceding Global Conferences on CyberSpace (in London, Budapest and Seoul) established a set of principles on internet governance. The GCCS2015 took these principles a step further and worked them out in practical solutions to real and urgent challenges. The approach was pragmatic. We aimed to achieve solutions through the building of effective coalitions. The future of the internet should be discussed in a multi-stakeholder way: all those who have a stake in cyberspace must be able to participate.