Strengthening Cooperation within the Context of the IGF: Creating a Roadmap for 2018

17 December 2017 - A Other on Other in Geneva, Switzerland

Agenda

Organization: De Natris Consult

Title: Strengthening cooperation within the context of the IGF: Creating a roadmap for 2018

Description:

Strengthening cooperation in cyber security and cyber crime issues within the context of the IGF has been discussed within the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) as a potential Best Practice Forum topic for 2017. From these discussions the option was posed by the MAG to first focus on the topic from several angles at the upcoming IGF in Geneva and to distil recommendations on potential ways forward for the MAG to discuss in 2018. This IGF Day 0 session follows up on this request and invites all concerned organisations to work together on formulating recommendations on the way forward on this topic.

In an ideal world organisations working on solutions involving awareness raising, standard setting, regulation, enforcement, mitigation, ICT product security, etc. inform, cooperate and coordinate (with) each other, thus strengthening each other’s aims, effect and resolve. Unfortunately actual cooperation is not something that comes naturally to organisations (within different silos). This has many reasons, e.g. (perceived) competition, disparate interests, different outlooks, etc. or they simply never meet.

Several organisations involved in the IGF over the past decade have posed the question whether it is possible to work within the IGF context on complex issues surrounding the Internet and its governance, by cooperating in an ongoing fashion towards mutually supported solutions. However, before commonalities and shared interests can be identified, time passes and work has to be put in by all involved. Foremost to build trust. The body of work leading up to this Day 0 session aims at giving this discussion a headstart in 2018.

First by looking at current successful cross-organisation cooperation. By focusing on the reasons why these collaborations are successful and determining which situation(s) and/or organisation(s)allowed for success, lessons can be learned. The results of research carried out, are presented at the session and to the world at large.

It leads up to the goal of this session: to do the groundwork towards joint initiatives to strengthen cooperation within the context of the IGF. Organisations from around the globe are invited to participate and fill in a questionnaire, the answers to which form the basis of the discussion during this session. Organisations are invited to share their views on e.g. cooperation, establishing common goals, interests and challenges, whether the IGF could be a place to continue this debate and if so, what topics need to be discussed, what topic justifies a well-supported pilot, etc. The starting point will be the recommendations participating organisations agreed upon unanimously in workshop #153 ‘Let’s break down silos in cyber security and cyber crime’ (2016), https://www.nligf.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Report-workshop-153-Let27s-break-down-silos.pdf

This session strives to provide a conclusive roadmap on how to continue the topic of strengthened cooperation within the context of the IGF. Its outcomes are reported in the main session on enhanced cooperation at the IGF. The report, including the recommendations, is presented to the MAG in 2018.