The Asia-Pacific region incorporates some of the most mature cyber actors in the world as well as some of the least connected. Governments throughout the region are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of cyberspace.
However, the capabilities, needs, and priorities of each state lie across a wide spectrum. Asia–Pacific cyber perspectives are far more diverse and dynamic than the dominant narratives coming from the ‘cyber great powers’ and it is important that the region’s distinct voices are heard in international cyber discussions.
This report aims to give insight into the wealth of cyber perspectives across the Asia–Pacific and amplify the regional voice on the key themes and questions of the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 (GCCS) in April 2015. To achieve this the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s (ASPI) International Cyber Policy Centre partnered with the Institute of Strategic & International Studies Malaysia to host a multistakeholder workshop to gather and collate the expertise of a broad cross-section of Asia–Pacific cyber experts. With generous support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the workshop brought together participants from government, the private sector, academia, think tanks, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as regional and international organisations from 12 Asia–Pacific countries.
The report represents a collation of the thoughts and perspectives from the workshop and subsequent discussions. It is based on the key themes and questions of the GCCS and structured around the GCCS agenda. The intention was not to achieve consensus but instead accurately portray the points of convergence and divergence across the region. Throughout the process the recurring themes of clarity, capacity, and responsibility emerged as ways to ensure a more reliable, secure, and stable cyberspace.
The findings of this effort will be presented at an Asia-Pacific Borrel, an official side-event of the GCCS.
A ‘borrel’ is a friendly, inviting, and informal get-together usually over drinks. Ideally it exhibits ‘gezelligheid’ bringing together good company, enriching conversation, and a welcoming atmosphere. This event offers the opportunity for informal networking and the chance to amplify the voice of the Asia-Pacific at the GCCS.
The Asia-Pacific Borrel
Location: Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte, Plein 24, The Hague
Date: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Time: 17.00 hrs – 18.30 hrs
Note: The venue is located 300m from The Hague City Hall, the site of the GCCS2015 Welcome Reception (19.00 hrs – 20.30 hrs).
For more information or to express interest in attending, please contact Klée Aiken at firstname.lastname@example.org.