ICT4Peace Special Session at the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013 on 17 October 2013
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ICT4Peace Special Session at the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace 2013 on 17 October 2013


7 October 2013, Zurich, Switzerland
ICT4Peace is organizing a special session at the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace on 17 October 2013 at the COEX Conference Center to discuss how the international and regional cybersecurity processes can be made more inclusive of and also more relevant to the cybersecurity concerns and priorities of a broader range of state and non-state actors in support of a prosperous, secure and resilient cyberspace.

International and regional organizations such as the UN, the OSCE and ARF have bolstered efforts aimed at reaching international understanding of responsible state behaviour and confidence building measures (CBMs) as well as capacity building with regard to cyberspace and its uses, and increase trust and confidence in cyberspace. Achieving and sustaining a secure cyberspace and the economic and social benefits provided by ICTs will require significant support from a range of actors spanning governments, industry, academia and civil society.

Chaired by Daniel Stauffacher, President, and moderated by Dr. Eneken Tikk-Ringas, Senior Advisor of the ICT4Peace Foundation the session will feature brief opening remarks by senior representatives from government, the private sector and academia and we invite comments from a distinguished audience. The session will be summarized in a special report and its main findings will be shared with the conference participants in the plenary session.

This session is inter alia intended to kick off a forward-looking, multi-stakeholder process focused on cybersecurity norms. Key discussion questions will include a) which fora – new or existing – are best positioned to drive a global cybersecurity norms process; b) what norms are needed for which spectrum of behavior in cyberspace; and c) how such processes can best leverage private sector, academic and other non-governmental forms of engagement and expertise. The session will also introduce the work of ICT4Peace work in the field of confidence building measures (CBMs).

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Download a report on the use of Information and Communications Technologies for peacebuilding (ICT4Peace), with a Preface by Kofi A. Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations here
An updated version of this report, with critical analysis on current policies and practices of ICTs in peacebuilding and crises was published in early 2011. Published in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and GeorgiaTech, Peacebuilding in the Information Age: Sifting Hype from Reality can be read here

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ICT4Peace took root with pioneering research on the role of ICTs in preventing, responding to and recovering from conflict in 2003 and lead to the adoption of Paragraph 36 by the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis in 2005 which recognises “...the potential of ICTs to promote peace and to prevent conflict which, inter alia, negatively affects achieving development goals. ICTs can be used for identifying conflict situations through early-warning systems preventing conflicts, promoting their peaceful resolution, supporting humanitarian action, including protection of civilians in armed conflicts, facilitating peacekeeping missions, and assisting post conflict peace-building and reconstruction".
The ICT4Peace Foundation works to promote the practical realisation of Paragraph 36 and looks at the role of ICT in crisis management, covering aspects of early warning and conflict prevention, peace mediation, peacekeeping, peace-building as well as natural disaster management and humanitarian operations. 
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