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Preventing cyber conflicts: Do we need a cyber treaty?

09 November 2017 -


Event description

GIP_1     Preventing cyber conflicts: Do we need a cyber treaty?   Diplo digitalswitzerland

In early 2017, Microsoft’s president Brad Smith called for a Digital Geneva Convention ‘to implement international rules to protect the civilian use of the Internet’. Microsoft’s proposal has generated extensive discussions: Do we need a convention at all? What clauses should be included? How should it be implemented and enforced? What can we learn from similar processes, and in particular the humanitarian field that inspired Microsoft’s proposal? This session will build on the discussion triggered by Microsoft’s proposal, using the expertise, experience, and tradition of Geneva as a place for debates on delicate policy issues.

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The event is part of the Geneva Digital Talks series, and it takes places in the context of the Geneva Peace Week.

Join us on 9 November 2017, from 09.30 – 11.00 CET, at the Geneva Internet Platform, WMO building, 2nd floor (Kruzel Hall), 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Eneken Tikk, Senior Advisor, ICT4Peace
  • Ms Anne-Marie Buzatu, Deputy Head, Public-Private Partnerships Division, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF)
  • Dr Richard Hill, independent consultant
  • Moderator: Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform

Background information:


For more information about the logistics of this event, please contact Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson ( For more information about the Geneva Digital Talks, contact Ms Tereza Horejsova (