The Alliance for Multilateralism raises awareness on cyber governance

- Press Release

The Alliance for Multilateralism met on Tuesday 12th November 2019 to discuss the advances in cyber governance. The meeting took place during the Paris Peace Forum and constituted an opportunity for the Alliance to renew its commitment to multilateralism, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The theme chosen for the encounter – governing cyberspace and new technologies – shows the Alliance’s ambition to not only reform existing international organizations, but also lead innovative projects that bring multilateralism to domains where global governance is still insufficient.

Lead by the French and German Ministers of Foreign Affairs, the meeting succeeded in bringing to the table multiple stakeholders of cyber governance: four Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Denmark, Finland, India, and Netherlands), the EU Security Commissioner, two CEOs (Siemens France and Naver France) as well as representatives of the civil society (Cyberpeace Institute, Luminate and Wikipedia). Together, they focused on exemplifying the prowess of new technologies that favor access to information and increase efficiency. However, cyber risks are not to be ignored, such as privacy issues or fake news, and only a coalition of actors can hope to find appropriate solutions.

The meeting was divided into two panel discussions: the first one explored the shape of cyberspace governance, while the second concentrated on content governance and its impact on democracy. As a way of raising awareness about the multilateral responses to these challenges, two initiatives were put emphasis on: the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace and the Christchurch Call to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. Both initiatives go to show that cybersecurity has multiple stakeholders who each bear the responsibility of making the cyberspace a safer and more peaceful place.

With more than 300 people present, the meeting’s success illustrates the internationally deeply-rooted belief in multilateralism and its potential to solve 21st century problems by bringing together governmental and non-governmental actors.