From March 14-16, the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity partnered with the EastWest Institute (EWI) to host the Global Cyberspace Cooperation Summit VII. This event brought together more than 200 leading policymakers, business leaders, and technical experts from over 30 countries around the world to discuss and find policy solutions concerning the most pressing security issues in international cyberspace. You can watch videos from the event here.
Featured speakers included Peter Altabef, President and CEO of Unisys; Marina Kaljurand, former Foreign Minister of Estonia and Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace; and Francis Fukuyama, Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Freeman Spogli Institute. CLTC’s Betsy Cooper delivered opening remarks.
“Cyberspace has become the most essential infrastructure to global business and government,” commented Michael Chertoff, former U.S Secretary of Homeland Security, in advance of the event. “A broad array of critical concerns like the integrity of our voting systems, privacy and the proliferation of cyber weapons must be addressed by cooperative action across government, business and civil society. The EastWest Institute summit is a critical step in that direction.”
The three-day event sought to cultivate a wide range of unique perspectives on the challenges that cyberspace encompasses, and addressed five thematic areas: Promotion of Norms of Responsible Behavior in Cyberspace; Resilient Cities and the Internet of Things; Increasing the Global Availability and Use of Secure ICT Products and Services; Systemic Risk and Cyber Insurance; and Ubiquitous Encryption and Lawful Government Access.
The 2017 summit introduced participants to the work of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC). Launched this past February as a joint initiative between the government of the Netherlands, The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, and the EastWest Institute, the GCSC aims to bring together key stakeholders from across the international security and cyberspace communities to develop proposals for norms and policies concerning the stability of cyberspace.
“State-on-state skirmishes in cyberspace increasingly undermine terrestrial security and stability,” said Bruce McConnell, EWI Global Vice President who leads the institute’s Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative. “Our goal is to bring together the world’s leading thinkers and decision makers to reframe evolving issues and drive practicable policy solutions.”
The 2017 EWI Cyber Summit was organized with support from, among others, Microsoft, Huawei Technologies, Unisys, Sonus Networks, Palo Alto Networks, Qihoo 360, NXP Semiconductors, CenturyLink, VEON (formerly VimpelCom), The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. To learn more about this event, see https:///www.cybersummit.info.