Insights from the CyberPeace Institute's Event at the Paris Peace Forum

On November 13, the CyberPeace Institute hosted its first public event at the Paris Peace Forum under the moderation of the Institute’s President, Marietje Schaake.

November 18, 2019


The panel discussion brought together Latha Reddy, Co-Chair of the GCSC; Melody Patry, Advocacy Director at Access Now; and Patrick Gaspard, President of the Open Society Foundations, to share their views on Closing the Accountability Gap in Cyberspace.

Over the course of the discussion, the panelists addressed pressing issues in cyberspace affecting civil society and ordinary people. These issues included the geopolitical obstacles to adopt international norms, increasing state-sponsored cyberattacks, and the growing use of cybersurveillance technologies. 

The CyberPeace Institute aims to not only highlight the direct impact of these malicious activities but also to illuminate their indirect consequences on civilians. The CyberPeace Institute will empower such vulnerable civilians by collaborative activities, such as, publicising analyses of cyberattacks, capacity building, and promoting responsible behaviour and international norms. 

Thereby, the CyberPeace Institute will not only function as interpreter between policymakers and cybersecurity experts but also contribute to the closing of the accountability gap in cyberspace. 


In this endeavour, we welcome the GCSC report, which advocates requirements for responsibility in cyberspace, restraint from both state and non-state actors, and respect of human rights. 

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