The exploitation of vulnerabilities in digital products is an essential component of sophisticated cyberattacks. Well-resourced adversaries increasingly exploit vulnerabilities for economic, political, or military gain, causing effects which destabilise cyberspace. Unsecured digital products allow attacks to damage global cyber stability. Several multilateral and multistakeholder fora develop(ed) cyber norms to reduce such vulnerabilities. The main challenge lies in implementation.
The Geneva Dialogue aims to clarify the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders stemming from accepted norms on responsible behaviour in cyberspace, promoting a free, open, and secure internet.
The thematic focus for 2022/23 will be on addressing the cyber norms related to reducing vulnerabilities. The Geneva Dialogue will aim to clarify the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders – especially those of the non-state actors – in line with the existing cyber norms, and provide them with guidance on how to contribute to their implementation. The results shall be published in the Geneva Manual on the non-state actors implementation of voluntary norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace.
The Geneva Dialogue will endeavour to:
- Facilitate an inclusive global dialogue on the roles and responsibilities of non-state actors in relation to voluntary norms, while building on previous achievements of the Geneva Dialogue towards reducing the vulnerabilities of digital products, and in line with the ongoing diplomatic and political discussions about cyber norms.
- Assist non-state stakeholders in contributing to implementation of voluntary norms, by providing specific guidance in form of the Geneva Manual.
- Strengthen the awareness of stakeholders about the existing international cyber processes, implementation practices and their respective roles, and their capacities for the mutual dialogue and cooperation on securing cyberspace
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.