Working Group A: Policy and Strategy

About Working Group A

The Policy & Strategy theme may be understood as the ‘foundation’ for the other identified themes in the Delhi Communiqué.

The main objective of the group is to help countries and other stakeholders strengthen their policy and strategy making capacity, and to create a space for multi-stakeholders to share expertise and learn from one another.

The Working Group is split in two Task Forces:

  1. Task Force Strategy and Assessments.
  2. Task Force CBMs, Norms Implementation and Cyber Diplomacy.

More information on the work done by Working Group A can be found in the GFCE Annual Report 2020.

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News and Updates

Towards 2021, the Strategy & Assessments Task Force aims to build on the work of the ‘catalogue’ and ‘assessments overview’ developed in 2020, while the other Task Force aims to continue to demonstrate its added value in supporting the implementation of outcomes from international cyber stability discussions. Additionally, the two other things both Task Forces aim to build on in 2021 is getting more materials available in languages other than English and in leveraging the outputs of the new global CCB research agenda.

Working Group A’s ambitions for 2021 is detailed in the Working Groups Workplan.

Reports and Deliverables

To help countries know what types of support activity are available for the National Cybersecurity Strategy cycle, and to help programme managers design projects, the Strategy & Assessments Task Force developed a ‘catalogue’ of examples. A draft of the catalogue was prepared for the GFCE Annual V-Meeting 2020 and will be finalized for circulation by early 2021. Based on the outcome of the Cyber Capacity Assessments webinar in April, members of the Strategy & Assessments Task Force came together to form a project team to develop an overview of the existing tools to assess cyber capacity of countries. The project will be finalized in February/March 2021.

The CBMs, Norms Implementation and Cyber Diplomacy Task Force developed an introduction paper on CBMs as they relate to cyberspace in 2020 (available in English and Spanish). During the GFCE V-Meetings in May, the Task Force organized a session on Capacity Building and UN Processes; which saw the participation of the Chairs of the UN GGE and OEWG. The aim of the session was to provide an update on the UN OEWG and GGE processes, and to elaborate on the role of capacity building in implementing the outcomes of such discussions. The Task Force has also put together a living overview of the existing capacity building initiatives and trainings on the relevant topics.

In 2020, both Task Forces submitted a total of 6 research ideas for the Draft Global Cyber Capacity Building Research Agenda 2021.

2020
2019

In 2019, the Task Forces focused on mapping existing initiatives and available tools related to their respective topics. During the GFCE Annual Meeting 2019 in Addis Ababa, both Task Forces organized workshops for the beneficiary community.

 

The CBMs, Norms Implementation and Cyber Diplomacy Task Force developed a whitepaper on Cyber Diplomacy.The Strategy & Assessments Task Force supported Sierra Leone with their Clearing House request (still ongoing), bringing together implementors and donors to discuss Sierra Leone’s priorities and how the international community could support them at the GFCE Annual Meeting. The Task Force also used the GFCE Annual Meeting to help coordinate strategy support projects in West Africa, in partnership with ECOWAS.

The Working Group presented a collection of interviews on national cyber strategies with cybersecurity specialists in Norway, Mexico and Senegal.

 

Recognizing the importance of the ongoing international cyber negotiations and the need for greater cyber diplomacy capacity, the Working Group split into two Task Forces during an informal meeting at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in November 2018.

2018

Contributions to Cybil Knowledge Portal

GFCE members have submitted information on 76 ongoing projects that are relevant to the strategy/policy process, national assessments, CBMs and norms, and/or cyber diplomacy.

The Task Forces have each identified 38 tools and publications on their relevant topics and identified key stakeholders, actors, and events in this space which can be found at https://cybilportal.org/themes/policy-strategy/.

Chair and Task Force Leads

GFCE Secretariat Representative

Active Members and Partners