The Dutch embassy in Berlin is looking ahead to the Global Conference on CyberSpace (GCCS 2015) in The Hague on 16 and 17 April. As a prelude to that conference, the embassy hosted a panel discussion on export controls for surveillance technology. ‘The GCCS will focus on promoting an open, free and safe online environment by encouraging parties to work together,’ said deputy head of mission Frank Mollen. ‘We’re involving government authorities, the business sector and NGOs.’
The embassy organised the seminar together with the Centre for Internet & Human Rights of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder).
GCCS 2015 is a worldwide conference where government ministers and representatives of NGOs and the business sector will discuss the opportunities presented by the digital world. The central question will be how to make safe use of those opportunities. The aim of the conference is to foster better cooperation between the various parties involved and promote responsible conduct in the digital world.
Previous editions of the cyberspace conference were held in London (2011), Budapest (2012) and Seoul (2013). By hosting GCCS 2015 the Netherlands is making an active contribution to an open, free and safe online environment.