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[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here.
[Update] Join the ongoing discussion here: What can be done to bring more evidence in IG, using what concrete tools and techniques? How should an IG observatory, which would gather and prepare such evidence, function?

Webinar and build-up event to the Geneva Internet Conference
13:00 ‒ 14:00 (CET) on Tuesday, 28th October, 2014

Speakers:

  • Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, head of the Geneva Internet Platform
  • Prof. Lichia Saner-Yiu, President, Centre for Socio-Eco-Nomic Development (CSEND), Geneva
  • Mr Michael Kende, Chief Economist of the Internet Society
  • Peter Gruetter, asut
  • Dr Eduardo Gelbstein, Former Director of the UN Computing Center (tbc)

Background

Paradoxically, although the Internet is an engineering artefact, we have very little data relevant for Internet Governance (IG). In cybersecurity, for example, we are still in doubt about the number of threats and the size of the losses incurred. The same applies in other IG fields. Without understanding the scope of the problem, it is difficult to discuss possible solutions. What can be done to bring more evidence in IG, using what concrete tools and techniques? How should an IG observatory, which would gather and prepare such evidence, function?

[New] Background document: An overview of the cybersecurity challenge.
[New] Annex: Mindmaps - An overview of the cybersecurity challenge

Topics for discussion

The event, will provide an overview of what is the evidence-based approach to Internet governance and highlight lessons from the fields of cybersecurity, e-commerce, and development.

Policy-makers and, increasingly more engaged general public are looking for answers to the questions such as:

  • What is the contribution of the Internet to development and poverty reduction?
  • What was the financial cost of the largest cybersecurity incident in a company (or in a country)?
  • What are the most common causes of cybersecurity incidents (expressed as a % of all causes)?

This list can be extended considerably. The real issue is to identify ways to make the best use of metrics and available evidence to support policy development in digital policies and IG.

Registrations are now closed.

Note: This lunch event is organised as part of the preparations for the Geneva Internet Conference (18-19 November 2014). The build-up process is tackling relevant themes with the input of communities around the globe. While the first theme tackled how to overcome policy silos, and the second theme tackled avenues for addressing IG issues, the third theme will address Evidence and measurement in IG: What sort of data and numbers are we talking about?


GIC event

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initative of the Swiss authorities

 

Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM, Canton of Geneva, ETH-Zürich, and the University of Geneva
 

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