Concepts of acceptable behaviour to protect and enhance trust

7 November 2012 - A Workshop on Privacy in Baku, Azerbaijan


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Concise Description of Workshop:

Building on the conclusions of the London International Cyber Conference of November 2011, and the commitment to work internationally to develop the concept of acceptable behaviour on the Internet, the workshop will look at what this concept might mean internationally and specifically focussing on how governments, industry and civil society can work together to protect and enhance the fundamental trust and reliability of core internet services, and to work to tackle behaviours that would undermine that. The intention is to provide an input from a multi-stakeholder discussion to inform the follow-up.
The concept of norms and standards of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace was first introduced by the British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Munich Security Conference in February 2011, and subsequently endorsed in the G8 Deauville Declaration later that year. It was developed at the London International Cyber Conference (, with the Chair’s closing remarks at in November 2011. This identified as immediate next steps to develop shared understanding and agree common approaches and confidence-building measures.
In March 2012 the UK-IGF worked with the UK’s Foreign Office, the Office of Cyber Security and the International Chamber of Commerce to explore the concept further. The report of this discussion is at . Background papers are at
We now want to pursue this discussion internationally and in a multi-stakeholder environment. We believe that it is important to ensure that this dialogue will inform how subsequent discussions will address these issues. The next step will be the follow-up to the LICC which will take place in Budapest on 4-5 October 2012 and in South Korea in 2013. While the IGF will follow on from Budapest, the IGF can provide a second forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue to contribute to shaping the debate and could establish a role for the IGF in the process.
We will be building on the work in the Dynamic Coalition on Internet Rights and Principles and draw in these principles as a core part of any subsequent work.

A draft framework for the discussion is attached.

Draft Agenda

Welcome & introductions. Outline of the objectives of the workshop: Moderator, Panellists. (5 minutes)
Feedback from the Budapest Cyber Conference (October 2012): Jamie Saunders, other Panellists (10 minutes)
Discussion with participants on what standards of acceptable behaviour to protect and enhance trust might mean. And how do these fit with Internet rights? What are the roles and responsibilities of business, civil society and governments in developing a more responsible approach to the use of the Internet? (30 minutes)
Can we identify “unacceptable behaviour?” Could multi-stakeholder cooperation lead to a more successful response to unacceptable behaviour? What safeguards might be necessary to guarantee human rights in such an environment? (30 minutes)
Conclusions, way forward: Moderator, Panellists (15 minutes)