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Monday, December 5 • 16:30 - 18:00
BPF on Cybersecurity - Creating spaces for multistakeholder dialogue in cybersecurity processes

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BPF on Cybersecurity - Creating spaces for multistakeholder dialogue in cybersecurity processes

Time and place:

1630 – 1800 Monday 5th December (Day 0) - Workshop Room 10 (but be sure to check the IGF schedule)


The purpose of this pre-event session is to have a practical and interactive discussion on how stakeholders can engage in cybersecurity processes and fora, and what expertise, tools and mechanisms can be used to facilitate and encourage multistakeholder approaches to cybersecurity policy-making and norm-setting. 

This pre-event provides an opportunity for the cybersecurity BPF members and others to explore both the cybersecurity landscape and concrete ways of encouraging multistakeholder dialogue on cybersecurity policy matters at national, regional and global levels.

The session will discuss how to build on the increasing calls for cybersecurity policies to be developed in a more open and inclusive manner, such as:

  • The Seoul Framework that resulted from the Seoul meeting of the London Process in 2013 states that it is “necessary to continue to work together towards ensuring a trusted, secure and sustainable environment in partnership with multiple stakeholders, including international organizations and the private sector.”
  • The 2014 NETMundial Multistakeholder Statement noted, inter alia, that “initiatives to improve cybersecurity and address digital security threats should involve appropriate collaboration among governments, private sector, civil society, academia and technical community.”
  • And, the Chair’s statement at the 2015 GCCS meeting in The Hague that urged governments “to ensure that cyber policy at national, regional and international level is developed through multistakeholder approaches, including civil society, the technical community, businesses and governments across the globe.”

This pre-event will leverage the experience of the BPF Cybersecurity and others, and draw upon their experiences of working in and contributing to cybersecurity related processes and policies.   The panellists and discussants will identify where stakeholders been involved in cybersecurity discussions, assess how substantive were those discussions and draw lessons from those engagements.


  • Tatiana Tropina, Senior Researcher Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freedom Online Coalition Working Group 1
  • Carmen Gonsalves, Head International Cyber Policy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, Global Forum for Cyber Expertise Co-chair, Freedom Online Coalition Working Group 1
  • Barbara Marchiori de Assis, Cyber Security Project Officer, Organization of American States and
  • Belisario Contreras, Cyber Security Program Manager, Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, Organization of American States
  • Sowmya Karun, Project Manager, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University Delhi
  • ‘Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
  • Walid Al-Saqaf, Member of the Board of Trustees, ISOC
  • Matthew Shears, Director Global Internet Policy and Human Rights, Center for Democracy & Technology, Freedom Online Coalition Working Group 1 Co-Chair (session moderator)

The session rapporteur will compile a brief report on the key learnings and approaches drawn from the session that will be shared in the substantive session of the IGF BPF Cybersecurity on 8 December at 9:00am local time.

Session Organizers
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Matthew Shears

Global Internet Policy & Human Rights, CDT
Mr. Matthew Shears is Director for Global Internet Policy and Human Rights activities at the Center for Democracy and Technology’s (CDT). He has extensive experience in Internet and telecommunications policy and governance in the non-profit, public and private sectors. He was Internet... Read More →

Monday December 5, 2016 16:30 - 18:00 CST
Workshop Room 10 PALCCO, Guadalajara, Mexico