Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 

16 - 17 April 2015 

The Hague, The Netherlands

Global Conference on CyberSpace 

16 - 17 April 2015



For one week in April the Netherlands will be the cyber center  of the world. The momentum of the Global Conference on Cyberspace provides an opportunity for many organizations to organize side events about specific cyber policy issues. Many of these are open to the participants of the conference or even the wider public. An overview of the planned side events is provided below.

ONE Conference

The NCSC ONE Conference is a two-day conference on 13-14 April, which will be held this year for the thirteenth time. The ONE Conference is organized by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), part of the Ministry of Security and Justice.

The goal of the ONE conference is to establish a multi-stakeholder forum that brings together industry, government and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level. Each stakeholder brings unique insights from their expertise in the disciplines of emerging technologies, operations and enforcement, academic and pragmatic experience. Various topics are discussed such as incident response for individuals and companies, cyber security in the Internet of Things age, strengthening critical infrastructure and strategies for public-private partnerships. The ONE conference hosts more than 800 professionals, thereby creating a unique opportunity to network, learn about the latest developments and share insights.

This year, the ONE conference is organized in close cooperation with the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS 2015), held in the same week and at the same venue. Many of the topics explored at a technical level at the ONE conference will be also be discussed on a strategic level during the subsequent GCCS2015. In addition, cyber security products developed for the ONE conference will be shared with the public of the GCCS2015. This link between the two conference provides unique opportunities for participants of the ONE conference to help set the international policy agenda of the GCCS2015!

More information:

Cyber Security Week The Hague (13 - 17 April 2015)

In the same week as the GCCS and ONE Conference, a Cyber Security Week will be held at the campus of The Hague Security Delta, the largest security cluster in Europe. Aim is to show the world the innovative strength of The Netherlands created by triple helix cooperation within the security cluster. During this week, students and professionals interested in the latest developments in the field of cyber security are welcome to meet some of the key players in the cyber security domain, participate in debates & threat battles, join an international matchmaking programme and experience the latest Dutch innovations in cyber security during the Innovation Room.

More information about the total programme is available on

Cyber Security innovations session by The Hague Security Delta (HSD) (Monday 13 – Friday 17 April – location: The HSD Campus)

As the GCCS 2015 and the ONE conference take place in the same week and in the same city, it offers a unique opportunity for the Netherlands to promote its cyber (security) sector. The so called ‘Cyberweek’ will be organised by multiple ministries, the city of The Hague, the Hague Security Delta together with partners from the public and private sector and will offer a platform for numerous interactive business related activities. Participants of the side event will be able to learn about the HSD concept, its innovative companies and view some of the latest innovations at the campus of the HSD. Furthermore, international cooperation is stimulated and business opportunities are created through matchmaking and social events.


  • A tailor-made matchmaking programme for trade missions.
  • A “Made in Holland” (digital) magazine in which the Dutch cyber security businesses and community presents itself to the world. 
  • Guided tours for press, investors, students and international companies.

Panel discussion on International Cyber Norms and Global Swing States (Official Side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015)

On 15 April 2015, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, together with the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), will host an official side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2015, which is hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Time: 17:00-18:00.

Registration: See the website of The Hague Institute for Global Justice

The side-event will consist of a public panel discussion entitled “Global ‘Swing States’ and International Cyber Norms.”

This side-event seeks to contribute to a principal objective of the GCCS 2015, which is to discuss norms for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. The panel will address the role of “swing states” in the global debate on Internet governance and consider how these states influence norms for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.


Sash Jayawardane
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Sophialaan 10
2514 JR The Hague
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)70 3028162

Expert Roundtable on Norms for Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace (Official Side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015)

On 15 April 2015, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, together with the Observer Research Foundation (New Delhi), will host an official side-event of the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2015, which is hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The side-event will consist of an expert roundtable (invitation-only). The topic of the expert roundtable will be “Reconciling Policy Priorities of the Global North and South: Implications for Norms of Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace.”

This side-event seeks to contribute to a principal objective of the GCCS 2015, which is to discuss norms for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace. Key state actors in both the Global North and South have called for the elaboration of such norms and made various proposals to this end. To identify and articulate norms to which many or most states can subscribe, however, it is important to first understand national and regional policy priorities, which are dictated, in part, by security and development imperatives. To this end, the side-event will bring together cyber and public policy experts from the Global North and South to engage in a constructive, policy-oriented dialogue on several key issues including:

  •     North-South policy coherence aimed at facilitating universal access and increasing the affordability of the Internet and devices in the Global South
  •     Capacity building initiatives that benefit all countries and promote cyber security/cyber hygiene more generally
  •     The extent to which these issues fall within the remit of individual states versus when they should be regulated at the international level, and how.


Sash Jayawardane
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Sophialaan 10
2514 JR The Hague
The Netherlands
T: +31 (0)70 3028162

Law Enforcement And Prosecutors Conference on Cybercrime (Wednesday 15 April – location: Europol, The Hague)

During this side-conference, international cybercrime units and cybercrime public prosecutors will meet and share best practices concerning (alternative) strategies to investigate and prosecute cybercrime.

Successes and stumbling blocks regarding operational public private partnership, disruption of cybercriminal processes, or effective counter-communication by law enforcement agencies, as well as (international) legal issues regarding those strategies will be discussed in a confidential environment (no press allowed).

Global Commission on Internet Governance (led by Carl Bildt; invitation only) (Wednesday 15 April – location: Hampshire Hotel Babylon, The Hague)

In January 2014 the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) was established. It is a two-year initiative designed to produce concrete policy recommendations for a future of Internet governance that enhances legitimacy and promotes human rights while reducing systemic risks. A key objective of the Commission is to produce independent and interdisciplinary empirical research that directly informs policy debates.

The Netherlands will host and partially fund the fifth in-person meeting of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. Support received from the Government of the Netherlands will be used to further the work of the Commission by providing support of commissioner travel, hotel accommodation and hospitality to the meeting. Hosted in the Netherlands on 15 April, 2015, prior to the Global Conference on CyberSpace, the primary focus of the meeting is cyber security.

Cyber Security Council breakfast (invitation only) (Friday 17 April, before start of programme – location: World Forum, The Hague)

A number of countries have Cyber Security Councils in place. Members of these councils will be invited to join for a breakfast meeting in order to discuss: 1. The strategic agendas of the councils and topics they focus on (what are the differences/similarities); 2. the experiences of working in a multistakeholder setting within the councils.


A magazine including interviews with Dutch Cyber Security Council members, a description of the set-up, functioning, and organisation of the council and lessons learned so far.


Public-Private Cooperation in Cybersecurity Research Strategy Development across the Globe (Friday 17 April, 9.00-10.45 a.m – location: World Forum Rooms Everest 1 and 2, The Hague)
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

The main goal of this session is to understand how international cooperation effectively may enhance national cybersecurity RD&I strategies and improve global cybersecurity. Given the global dimension of cybersecurity, the challenges we face require cooperation among states and the private sector at a national and international level.

We are interested in the vision of policymakers and strategists, familiar with cybersecurity research and innovation policy in their country or continent and learn about the development and realisation of cybersecurity research agendas, to what extend public private partnerships (PPP) are playing a role in this process and address and compare research policies for cybersecurity RD&I. Some countries have national cybersecurity strategies, national research agendas, R&D programs by security ministries, others have research council funded cybersecurity programs.

In this session we expect to exchange lessons learned, explore possibilities for cooperation and share knowledge of cybersecurity research policies & strategies. A better understanding of the global perspectives, thanks to international participation and sharing of insights during this session, may have positive effects on national plans and approaches and will ultimately contribute to a more secure cyber environment.

Views and cases from different countries and continents will be shared and discussed.

Initiated and organised by the Dutch platform IIP-VV* ( and The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (

NATO CCD COE consultation meeting on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 (invitation only) (Wednesday 15 April – location: Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Van Kleffenszaal), The Hague)

On April 15th, the day before the GCCS 2015, the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, with the assistance of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will organise a consultation meeting on the Tallinn Manual 2.0. This update to the influential Tallinn Manual 1.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare will broaden the scope of the manuscript to include the international law applicable to State activities in cyberspace during peacetime.

A number of authors from the International Group of Experts working on the Tallinn Manual 2.0 will present new material on a number of key topics. The consultation meeting offers an opportunity to State legal advisors to comment and offer their national viewpoints in order to ensure that the Tallinn Manual 2.0 is relevant for a global audience.

Participation in this event is intended for State legal advisors and invitations have been sent out to a number of countries. However, interested State representatives, can register their interest in this event by contacting:

Watchdogs Under Watch: Media in the Age of Cybersurveillance (open) (Tuesday 14 April 20:00hrs – location: Humanity House, The Hague)

How far do National Security interests trump those of a free media? When does the ritual insistence on the centrality of freedom of expression in the western world become lip service when measured against practice? How do journalists and bloggers find new methods to protect themselves and their sources from the apparent ubiquitous onslaught of cyber surveillance?

These questions will be raised at a panel discussion organized by RNW Media in cooperation with fellow international broadcasters such as France Medias Monde and the Broadcasting Board of Governors.

The start point for the debate is the report “Watchdogs Under Watch” written by Washington-based think tank, the Center for Media Assistance commissioned by RNW. That report will be published in the first half of April 2015. Don Podesta, formerly Washington Post correspondent and news editor and writer of the report, will give an introduction to his findings and will invite panelists and audience to bring in their thoughts on a set of international standards for civil society, political leaders, press and citizens in order to balance their different needs and rights. Saudi activist and presenter Hala Al Dosari is one of the panelists.


Training course in cyber diplomacy (Wednesday 15 April – location: Clingendael Institute, The Hague)

On the afternoon of Wednesday 15 April, the day before the conference, the ICT4Peace Foundation together with the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ will host a 1/2-day training course in cyber diplomacy. Internationally acclaimed scholars such as Duncan B. Hollis (Temple University), Paul Cornish (RAND Europe) and Camino Kavanaugh (King's College London) will provide lectures on diplomatic engagement regarding international cyber policy.

Participants will be given a better overview of the context, history and direction of cyber diplomacy on issues such as norms of responsible behaviour and cyber conflict, internet governance and human rights in cyberspace. Also, attention will be paid to capacity-building in cyber-diplomacy. Afterwards, participants will be better able to work on these policy issues themselves and bring home recommendations for strengthening national and international capacities.

The training course is intended for diplomats and other state representatives working on cyber issues. Participation is free of charge, but seats are limited to 40 and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Please register through the Clingendael website: where more information will become available.

Bart Hogeveen

Asia-Pacific Event organised by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) (Wednesday 15 April – 17.00 – 18.30 hrs. – location: Sociëteit De Witte, The Hague)

In February, the Netherlands supported an Asia-Pacific regional workshop organised by the ASPI International Cyber Policy Centre and the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia. Held in Kuala Lumpur, the event brought together multistakeholder participants to discuss the key themes and topics of the GCCS. The findings of this effort will be presented at the Asia-Pacific ‘Borrel’.

This event offers the opportunity for informal networking and the chance to amplify the voice of the Asia-Pacific at the GCCS.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Klée Aiken at

Panel on 'Cyber warfare and jus in bello' (Thursday 16 April - 12.30-13.15 hrs. - location: Oceannia Foyer, World Forum, The Hague)

The International Committee of the Red Cross, with the support of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will organise a short side-event on 'Cyber warfare and jus in bello' during the Thursday lunch break of the conference. This panel will focus on the use of cyber operations as means and methods of warfare during armed conflict, namely cyber warfare. It will give participants insights into the challenges that cyber warfare creates for the application and interpretation of international humanitarian law (IHL). The panel will touch upon issues such as the potential human cost of cyber warfare; the protection that IHL affords to infrastructure essential to the civilian population against cyber attacks; the challenges that the dual use of cyberspace creates for the principle of distinction; or the legal review of cyber weapons.

The panel should support participants in gaining a better understanding on whether the relevant IHL norms, in particular the rules governing the conduct of hostilities, appear to be sufficiently clear in light of the specific characteristics and foreseeable human cost of cyber warfare.

NCSC ONE Conference: International Cyber Security conference for NCSC partners and CERT Community (public and private sector) (Monday 13 April – Tuesday 14 April – location: World Forum, The Hague)

The ONE Conference will appeal to a broad audience, from technical specialists and decision makers to policy makers and researchers. In plenary sessions and parallel tracks, leading experts and inspiring speakers will present a variety of topics. Technical subjects such as malware and monitoring, less technical subjects about organisational aspects of security and privacy, cybercrime and incident response cases, strategy & policy and public-private partnerships are amongst the topics you can choose from. There is the opportunity to network with national and international speakers and participants.

Civil Society Pre-Event: Facilitating Effective Civil Society Engagement in GCCS2015 (invitation only) (Wednesday 15 April – location: Nutshuis, The Hague)

This pre-event will be the culmination of a capacity building programme to facilitate effective civil society participation in GCCS 2015, consisting of a training and a strategy strand. This effort has been launched through a series of webinars running from March until the pre-event itself. The pre-event will bring together civil society actors and experts from over 35 countries to undergo in-depth training on key Cyberspace issues by leading experts, and engage in a dedicated strategy session designed to feed in civil society input to GCCS 2015. This pre-event has been organised by the GCCS Advisory Board and facilitated by Global Partners Digital in partnership with the Government of the Netherlands.


Aditi Gupta
Development House, 56–64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT
T: +44 (0)207 549 0338

GCCS-Unplugged: the unconference!

During this community-driven experience, you will come together with your fellow participants to share skills, learn what has worked, exchange ideas and practices, build plans and do some coding throughout the day. You will set the day’s agenda on the spot during the first session of this spontaneous and timely event. GCCS-Unplugged will be an exceptionally productive day in which you define problems, develop plans, and create solutions.

We will help participants build the agenda, enable participation and to get the most from the day. We have listed some suggested topics on a brainstormpage.

You can register and suggest a session even before you start, here! But you can also take your time and suggest sessions and topics to discuss on the day of the event itself, it is completely flexible.

GCCS-Unplugged is the ‘unconference edition’ of Diplohack, and is organised by Open State Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It will take place on Friday April 17, 2015, from 9am to 7pm at the Worldhotel Bel Air, in The Hague, the Netherlands on the final day of the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015.

More information:


Arjan El Fassed