As the first host of the Global Conference on Cyberspace, the United Kingdom set the stage in creating a platform that addresses the key themes in Cyberspace. The London Conference initiated a broad dialogue on the opportunities and challenges that arise from an increasingly networked world.
The Internet and ICT-sector nurtures innovation, growth and social benefits, but a safe and secure access to cyberspace that is protected against abuse must be assured. Governments alone cannot develop a secure and safe digital environment that fosters economic and social developments. Therefore the London Conference included interests of civil society, industry and governments across the globe. It initiated a broad dialogue on the rules of the road and set the agenda for further work and conferences. The success of this agenda was founded on the set of partnerships that were explored and forged at the Conference.
The London Conference presented a set of principles as a guide to the challenges and benefits arising from cyberspace. There was never the intention to start from noting. The starting point must build on existing work set out by previous summits, a trend that must continue in the following conferences. With a thematic approach over 700 participants from more than 60 countries were brought together to ensure the Internet remains a single undivided network.
The Conference agreed that in order to achieve the broadest and deepest possible benefits to growth from cyberspace, access in terms of both physical infrastructure and training must be broadened so the widest possible groups can share what it has to offer. Delegates agreed that cyberspace must be secure and reliable in order for it to remain a trusted medium for business, education and innovation. Cyberspace must remain a competitive environment without censorship to create new opportunities and benefits in the future.
Parallel to the many sessions, workshops and discussions, a Youth Forum was set up to involve young pioneers of the digital revolution. This unique initiative acknowledges that young people are the motor of innovation in the ICT-industry and their voice should be an integral part of the international dialogue.