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Looking to the Future: Expert Perspectives on Global Cyber Policy

The GCSP, along with the Center for Policy Studies in Russia, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research and in association with the Trialogue Club International hosted an expert panel

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The GCSP, in partnership with the Center for Policy Studies (PIR Center) in Russia, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and in association with the Trialogue Club International, hosted an expert panel titled: “Looking to the Future: Expert Perspectives on Global Cyber Policy.”

The panel was moderated by Dr Gustav Lindstrom, head of the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the GCSP. Panel experts were Ms Alexandra Kulikov, Program Coordinator for Global Internet Governance and International Information Security at the PIR Center, Mr Ben Baseley-Walker, Program Lead for the Emerging Security Threats Program at the UNIDIR, and Colonel Aapo Cederberg, Senior Programme Advisor for the Emerging Security Challenges Programme at the GCSP.

The experts addressed topics such as protecting critical infrastructures, strengthening international cooperation, applying and adapting international law to cyber activities and possible future challenges in cyberspace. Some key points included: different states and regions have different areas of interest or priorities in cybersecurity concerns; international law applies to cyber; definitions and concepts are unclear and politicised; and many cyber-capacities are confidential and unknown by the greater global community.

The experts concluded that a solution may lie in finding a minimum common denominator as there are mutual assets all want to defend in cyberspace such as critical infrastructures. It was discussed that creating a common baseline of definitions could be a starting point in forming approaches for international cybersecurity agreements.

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