Q3/2018 - Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace

Singapore, 19 - 20 September 2018

The Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace (GCSC) held its third full meeting on 19 and 20 September in Singapore. The focal issue under discussion was six additional norms to strengthen stability in cyberspace. The first textual draft of the new norm package was presented at a public hearing, which was attended by 38 government representatives and more than 50 high-level representatives from the private sector, academia, the civil society and the technical community.

At previous meetings of the GCSC, two norms on the protection of the public core of the Internet and on the protection of the electoral infrastructure had already been adopted. The drafts of the six new norms were revised and simplified at the public hearing on the basis of the input received. The Commission agreed not to propose any other norms for the time being. The eight norms now formulated are to be further specified in an in-depth discussion process. They will form the core of the Commission's final report, which is expected by the end of 2019. The report will then also be sent to the new UN-GGE, which, provided the 73rd UN General Assembly decides to create the group, will begin its work in autumn 2019. In the meantime, consultations are planned at the Paris Peace Forum, the IGF in Paris, the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation in Geneva, ICANN in Kobe, EuroDIG in The Hague and more.

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