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As part of its Capacity Building Program for International Cyber Security Negotiations, ICT4Peace organized the first cybersecurity policy and diplomacy workshop for ASEAN countries on 19 and 20 October 2015 in Singapore. The workshop was hosted by the Government of Singapore and co-organized by ICT4Peace and The S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS). It is the third workshop organized by ICT4Peace, after conducting the same course in Bogota for Latin American Countries in Cooperation with OAS, and for East African countries in Nairobi in cooperation with the Government of Kenya and at the Hague Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) hosted by the Government of the Netherlands. The next workshop will be held for all African countries at the AU in Addis Ababa in February 2016 and for the Diplomatic Community in Geneva in March 2016. Further information about the ICT4Peace Capacity Building Program for International Cyber Security Negotiations.

In Singapore, 20 Diplomats, Senior Officials and Technical Officials from ASEAN Governments participated in the workshop. The faculty included high-level experts from Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, US, Ireland and Australia. The program of the workshop you will find here.

The workshop was made possible thanks to the generous support from the Governments of Singapore, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland. The objectives of the program are as follows:

Long term objective:

Mitigating risks to both rights and security in the cyber-sphere through the promotion of international norms of responsible state behavior, confidence-building measures (CBMs), and international cooperation.

Short term objectives:

  • A better and more detailed understanding by public officials, diplomats, industry, civil society representatives from all regions of the world of international norms, CBMs and international cooperation in the Cyber space
  • To broaden the participation in the international debates and regional and global negotiations in fora such as the London Process, UN GGE, OSCE, ASEAN, OAS, in the EU, the AU and AP-CERT
  • A better understanding of the concerns, best practices, policies and institutional arrangements in the field of cyber security at the regional level
  • Build a network of alumni, lecturers and experts of the workshop course, to up-date and exchange information on future developments in the global and regional international cyber security debate, research and negotiations