01 November 2011

[Security] The London conference on Cyberspace


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Within the space of just over a decade cyberspace has revolutionised how many of us live and work. Access has grown from 16 million internet users in 1995 to nearly 2 billion today, more than half of whom are in developing countries.

The rapid development of a globally networked world offers enormous social and economic opportunities.


The aims of the London ConferenceHeld at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, the London Conference on Cyberspace on 1-2 November will be hosted by the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, the Rt Hon William Hague MP. It will launch a more focused and inclusive dialogue between key cyberspace actors from across the world including from government, industry and civil society. This will aim to develop a better collective understanding of how to protect and preserve the tremendous opportunities that the development of cyberspace offers us all.

The ideas and proposals which emerge from the conference will develop into the 'London Agenda', a plan to help us realise the full potential of cyberspace - one of the great challenges of our time.

The content of the London ConferenceThe conference will concentrate on five themes:

economic growth and development
social benefits
cyber crime
safe and reliable access
international securityOver the two days there will be sessions on the wide number of issues that fall under each theme. Discussion is likely to include: capacity building, network connectivity, online privacy and data protection, online jurisdiction, investment in internet infrastructure and cyber crime.


Get involved in the debate about the future of cyberspace


The wider cyberspace community will be able to take part in the debate by contributing their views in the run up to and during the Conference to help inform the discussion at the Conference. This important event will be a unique opportunity to help shape the future international agenda on cyberspace. You can follow our hashtag#LondonCyber and our dedicated twitter account @LondonCyberfor more details.

You have an opportunity to ask senior representatives from government, business and civil society your questions about the future of the web. Our team of digital rapporteurs will put a representative selection of the questions to the speakers and chairs of the panels during the London Conference on Cyberspace.


How to ask your question:

Via Twitter:


Tweet your questions in English in advance of the conference, or while it is taking place. Include the hashtag #LondonCyber for general questions and add one of the following hashtags, corresponding with the relevant theme, so that we can match your question to the right session:
#social, #economic, #crime, #access, #security

Via Facebook:

You can go to the Foreign Secretary’s page on Facebook and ask a question in English there.
If you see a question that has already been asked, you can like it, to help us see what the most popular questions are.



Mapping the debate from the Cyber Conference

Below is a visualisation of the debate, by Debategraph, at the London Cyber Conference (November 1-2) on the issues arising out of the possibilities offered by the digital world and the threats to those freedoms and opportunities. The map does not represent the views of the government on any given issue, but reflects the issues raised in and around the conference. Click on areas of the map to follow the conversation and click here to add your ideas to the map.

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