MUSSINGTON AND CPPPE TAKE THE BIG STAGE ON CYBER at the Cyber Norms 5:0 Conference Hosted by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)
Dr. Mussington, Professor of the Practice and Director of the UMD Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, is one of the organizers of the 5th Annual Cyber Norms Conference “Creating International Architecture for Cyber Stability” hosted by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) The meeting is scheduled to take place on March 7-9, 2017 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The sponsors of the conference include: MIT, the University of Maryland’s Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise, the US Department of State, the Government of the Netherlands, the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, the German Federal Foreign Office, Microsoft, and Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
The meeting seeks to build on the progress achieved by assembling leading academics, industry experts, and government practitioners from the United States and allied countries in crafting norms governing interstate conflict and interaction in cyberspace. Identifying confidence building measures (CBMs) suitable for cyberspace is one of the meetings goals, as are in depth discussions of cyber stability, military cyber issues and multilateral governance of the cyber domain.
In recent years, diplomats have worked to develop cyber norms for state behavior and confidence building measures in an effort to create an international architecture for cyber stability. After agreeing that international law applies to state cyber activity, the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (UNGGE) in the UN 1st Committee reached consensus around several cyber norms that restrain state behavior in the areas of critical infrastructure attack, protection of first responders, and non-malicious use of computer emergency management teams (CERTs). In the XI-Obama summit and subsequent summits with UK and German heads of state during Fall 2015, China agreed to the norm against state sponsored theft of intellectual property for commercial gain. The mission of this conference is to assess recent progress in development of international cyber norms drawing on international relations and international economics, and propose practical next steps towards an international architecture for cyber stability.
This conference addresses the needs of policymakers to devise next steps international dialogues on cyber norm development and future architectures for international cyber stability. It will generate and evaluate new norms, CSBMs, and analytical constructs as it energizes the academic community to prioritize research challenges in the cyber norms area. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together top academics, scientists, engineers, and scholars with practitioners to contemplate the role and potential impact cyber norms within the context of international cyber strategy and create frameworks to evaluate their effectiveness.