1 November 2011


Organized by William Hague, Minister of Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and supported by Hillary Clinton, the London CyberSpace conference saw the participation of more than 900 delegates from 60 countries to discuss the future of Cyber Space and the strategies to guarantee Freedom of Speech and a Secure Access for everybody. Many relevant speakers supported the conference as David Cameron, European Commissioner Neelie Kroese, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom and ITU Secretary General  Hamadoun Touré. David Cameron announced that in a period where the government is cuttinginvestments on Defense, they have a 650 million pound plan to improve cyber defense. He warned that cyber crime costs the UK £27 billion a year, with the global bill as much as $1 trillion. He also warned that there are also international efforts to steal both Government and Private Sector secrets, that would be of interest to other countries, not just commercial organizations and therefore a global response is needed.

Many topics have been discussed during the two days, ranging from freedom of speech to the role of Governments and international organizations as ICANN and ITU.
I summarize the most important aspects:
a. Cyber Space needs norm, but this process takes a lot of time to build consensus and there are issues as the freedom of speech that make the definition of international norms a complex task
b. Governments role: governments need to develop new approaches to affirm their role in protecting cyber space. Finding a balance between regulation and openness is key: regulations are required to guarantee the security of Cyberspace, but a wrong and rigid regulation could cause more harm. Also, the role of private sector is key, but very few countries have been able to develop a constructive and coordinated relationship with the private sector.
c. Governments should recognize the importance of Cyber Security and should define plans to protect citizens, critical services and government services, guaranteeing privacy, protection of intellectual property and freedom of access and speech.

The conference allowed remote participants to contribute to the discussions through Twitter and Facebook. Speakers and panelists answered many questions coming directly from Cyber Space. Also, the use of these social networks allowed peer discussions between participants.

Andrea Rigoni, GCSEC Director-General

REPORTAGE FROM LONDON CYBERSPACE CONFERENCE – LONDON, 1-2 NOVEMBER, 2011 ultima modifica: 2011-11-01T12:16:46+00:00 da Aramis

1 November 2011