The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace (Geneva Dialogue) is an international process established in 2018 to map the roles and responsibilities of actors – states, private sector, civil society, academia, and technical community – in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace. It is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and implemented by DiploFoundation, with support of the Republic and State of Geneva, C4DT, Swisscom and UBS.

In 2020 – 2021, the Geneva Dialogue focused on the role of the private sector in addressing systemic vulnerabilities in cyberspace. It has built a community and become a space for a regular conversation between the leading industry actors and others in deepening mutual understanding.

In 2023, the Geneva Dialogue launched a new phase to clarify the roles and responsibilities of relevant non-state stakeholders from the private sector, academia, civil society, and technical community in the implementation of the existing cyber norms. The first round has focused on discussing the norms related to ICT supply chain security and responsible reporting of ICT vulnerabilities. Through regular consultations, the Geneva Dialogue documents the agreement and disagreement of stakeholders in interpretation and implementation of the norms, and collects good practices that may inspire others in the international community. The results are published in the Geneva Manual on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace.

Through the next phase in 2024, the Geneva Dialogue will start analysing the implementation of existing cyber norms and confidence-building measures (CBMs) related to critical infrastructure protection.

The Geneva Dialogue team:

  • Serge Droz (Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs)
  • Anastasiya Kazakova (DiploFoundation)
  • Vladimir Radunović (DiploFoundation)

Steering committee:

  • Imad Add, Technical Project Manager, Center for Digital Trust, C4DT – EPFL
  • Melanie Kolbe-Guyot, Head of Digital Policy, Center for Digital Trust, C4DT – EPFL
  • Silvan Schellenberg, UBS AG, CISO Switzerland
  • Daniela Schnidrig, Head of Engagement and Advocacy, National, Global Partners Digital
  • Xiang Zheng Teo, Vice President of Advisory, LL. M, B. Eng, CISSP, EnCE, CEH, AWS-SA, Ensign Infosecurity
  • Sofia Martinez Gomez, Cybersecurity Expert, AlixPartners
  • Maya Bundt, Swiss Risk Association, Chair Cyber Resilience Chapter
  • Constant Kohler, Cybersecurity Regulations and Standards Expert, Siemens
  • Christopher James Sampson, Conceptual Systems Designer, Future Earth Systems
  • David Rufenacht, Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst, InfoGuard

Contributors to the Geneva Dialogue include both organisations and experts participating in their personal capacity:

  • Private sector companies and organisations: ABB, Alibaba, Bi.Zone (Sber Group), Cisco, CL2R Advisory, Cognizant, Ensign InfoSecurity, Ericsson, FireEye, Hitachi, Huawei, InfoGuard, Kaspersky, Mandiant, Microsoft, PNG Digital ICT Cluster, Proton, QI-ANXIN, SICPA, Siemens, Swiss Re, Swiss Risk Association, Tata Consultancy Services, Tech Mahindra, UBS, Wisekey, and Vu Security
  • Academia and policy experts: Kamilia Amboudini, Winnona DeSombre (Atlantic Council), Bart Hogeveen (Australian Strategic Policy Institute), Imad Aad and Melanie Kolbe-Guyot (Center for Digital Trust (C4DT) – EPFL), Lennart Maschmeyer (Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich), Jan Martin Lemnitzer (Copenhagen Business School), Katherine Getao (Cyber Hygiene, Cyber Diplomacy, and ICT Strategy and Governance Consultant, former CEO of ICT Authority in Kenya and the Kenyan representative to the UN GGE), Mischa Hansel (Berlin University of Economics and Law, HWR Berlin), Jen Ellis (NextJen Security), Benjamin Ang (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, RSIS), Alexandra Paulus (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, SWP), Christina Rupp (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, SNV), Nicolas Zahn (Swiss Digital Initiative), Jeroen van der Ham (University of Twente and FIRST), Chao Wang (Wuhan University), Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance (DCAF), German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), Global Cyber Alliance
  • Technical community experts: Klée Aiken (FIRST), Pablo Corona Fraga (NYCEM Mexico), Pablo Hinojosa (APNIC), Koichiro Komiyama (JPCERT/CC), Steven Sim Kok Leong (OT-ISAC Executive Committee, Singapore), Maninder Singh Narang, Madison Q. Oliver (GitHub Security Labs), Takayuki Uchiyama
  • Civil society organisations and experts: Consumers International, CyberPeace Institute, CIPESA, DataSphere Initiative, Christopher James Sampson (Future Earth Systems), Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, Global Partners Digital, ICT4Peace, Swiss Digital Initiative