Harvard-MIT-University of Toronto Cyber Norms Workshop I
October 19-21, 2011
The Cyber Norms workshop was a response to the growing awareness at the international level of the need for such norms to stabilize behavior in cyberspace. The need was recognized in a 2010 report by the UN Group of Governmental Experts on Information Security, which included representatives of the United States, Russia, China and twelve other countries. Since then, the US and other major states have also called for international discussions on cyber norms and a major intergovernmental conference on cyber “rules of the road,” met in London, Nov. 1 -2, 2011.
The workshop at MIT brought together government policy makers, analysts, academics and technologists with the purpose of generating input for that conference and future discussions of cyber norms, by identifying norms whose cultivation by the international community can ameliorate spiraling security crises in cyberspace.
Harvard-MIT-University of Toronto Cyber Norms Workshop II
September 12-14, 2012
A workshop on international cyber norms met for the second time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, from September 12 to 14, 2012. In the last few years, there has been growing recognition that widely accepted, articulated norms can support the beneficial development of global cyberspace and reduce the likelihood of conflicts there. One objective of our workshops is to identify norms which could fill such a role, explore their groundings in law and technology, and estimate the feasibility of their acceptance, given current political and economic contexts.
The workshops provide an opportunity for cyber policy makers, analysts, academics and practitioners to exchange and probe relevant ideas and proposals. We hope that these conversations, through participants’ networking and reports, will support and inform the positive steps that are taken by governments, private sector and civil society to promote cyber norms.
The agenda, format, participants and preliminary report for the workshop website can be found here.