The welfare of our societies increasingly depends on digital technologies, which are vulnerable and prone to cyberattacks. Businesses are facing growing normative and regulatory pressures to enhance the trustworthiness and security of their products and supply chains. The absence of a shared vision and pathway towards achieving digital product security is compounded by a lack of capacity.
The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace helps to shape a joint vision regarding the security of digital products with leading businesses, and enhances their understanding of and contribution to global policy processes in order to achieve a trusted, secure, and stable cyberspace.
Under the Geneva Dialogue’s broader scope of clarifying the roles and responsibilities of actors – states, civil society and communities, and the business sector, – to contribute to greater security and stability in cyberspace, it is particularly focused on the roles of companies in securing their digital products and overall supply chain. Building on its groundbreaking work in 2020, most notably the collection of good industry practices, the Geneva Dialogue will endeavour to:
- Develop common policy baseline requirements for boosting the security of digital products and look into approaches for the broad implementation of the agreed baseline requirements.
- Enhance the feedback loop between corporate efforts and cybersecurity processes that develop norms, regulations, policies, and standards, as well as support businesses to follow and contribute to those processes at the regional and international levels.
To activate synergies, expand capacities, and incentivise implementation, the Geneva Dialogue will deepen its collaboration with other multilateral and multistakeholder initiatives in this area.
The Geneva Dialogue is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and implemented by DiploFoundation.
The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace aims to map the roles and responsibilities of actors – states, the business sector, civil society, and the academic and tech communities – in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace in the context of international peace and security; identify good practices and possible gaps in existing efforts; and, ideally put forward recommendations for overcoming such gaps.
Currently in its second phase, the dialogue will focus on the roles and responsibilities of the business sector. The project aims to: convene global business sector actors to discuss responsible behaviour in cyberspace; assist the business sector to develop its capacities to understand, follow, and meaningfully contribute to international policy and diplomatic processes; and, facilitate dialogue among global businesses towards shaping principles and an action plan contributing to the global efforts at the UN and elsewhere.
The second phase of the dialogue is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and implemented by DiploFoundation.
In 2021, Geneva Dialogue will unfold in two tracks. Track 1 will tackle discussing baseline requirements for security of digital products, while Track 2 will tackle connecting corporate practices with global policy processes.
TIMELINE OF THE DIALOGUE
Track 1 – February-November 2021
Track 2 – April-June 2021
Track 1 – April-August 2021
Track 2 – May-December 2021
Track 1 – July-November 2021
Track 2 – October-December 2021
PREVIOUSLY: PHASE 1
In its first phase, the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behavior analysed the roles and responsibilities of states, industry actors, civil society, and academic and tech communities in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace.
The first phase was led by the FDFA in co-operation with the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), ETH Zurich, and the University of Lausanne.
From June to September 2018, background research was conducted. From September to November 2018, a series of in situ discussions and knowledge exchange activities were organised. An expert workshop was held in Geneva 1-2 November 2018. The first phase resulted in the Final Report, supported by the Baseline Research and the draft Framework Documents.