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On 17 September 2015, ICT4Peace was invited to participate in an Expert-Workshop "White Paper 2016 on Cyber Security“ in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Defence, the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich and the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM). In preparation of the drafting of its White Paper 2016, the German Government organised this inclusive and comprehensive consultation process, involving multiple actors from the German Bundestag, different German ministries, academia and think tanks, international partners and institutions as well as the general public. A summary of the proceedings can be found here.

In light of the increased malicious use of ICT’s for purposes detrimental to peace, security and stability, including hacking and other attacks on digital networks and systems, the use of ICT for terrorist purposes, the promotion of tension and conflict between and within countries, ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher stressed the need for further global and inclusive dialogue and negotiations by all states on norms of responsible state behaviour and confidence building measures. He also stressed that to date, only a handful of development cooperation agencies and recipient countries have included cybersecurity capacity building in official development assistance programmes, and even fewer are linking cybersecurity capacity building efforts to other key policy areas to which they are contributing assistance such as governance, legislative reform and so forth. In this regard, it is imperative that the international community invigorate existing cybersecurity capacity building efforts both at the policy and technical levels, especially for developing and emerging economies and ensure better coherence of effort.

For more information on the work of ICT4Peace in the field of Cybersecurity Capacity Building see below:

  • ICT4Peace Presentation at OSCE in Vienna on Capacity Building for International Cyber Security Negotiations - See more here.
  • ICT4Peace conducted International Cybersecurity Diplomacy Course at the Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015, The Hague Netherlands - See more here.
  • The Government of Kenya and ICT4Peace Foundation co-organized the first Regional Training Workshop in Africa on International Security and Diplomacy in Cyberspace - see more here.
  • ICT4Peace cooperates with the Organization of American States to conduct International Cybersecurity Diplomacy Course for Latin America - See more here.