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India to Host Global Conference on Cyber Space 2017

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi

India, for the first time ever, is going to host the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS), one of the world’s largest conferences in the field of Cyber Space and related issues, on 23 and 24 November 2017, at Aerocity, New Delhi.

According to a government statement, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will inaugurate the mega event, while Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will deliver the keynote address in the valedictory function.

Incepted in 2011 in London, second GCCS was held in 2012 in Budapest with focus on relationship between internet rights and internet security, which was attended by 700 delegates from nearly 60 countries.

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The third edition of GCCS was held in 2013 in Seoul with commitment to Open and Secure Cyberspace. The fourth version GCCS 2015 was held on April 16-17, 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands which saw participation from 97 countries.

Themed on Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development, this is the fifth edition of GCCS where international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks, and cyber experts will gather to deliberate the issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space.

The overall goals of GCCS 2017 are to promote the importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy, to defend the status quo of an open, interoperable and unregimented cyberspace, and to create political commitment for capacity building initiatives.

The objective is also to address the digital divide and assist countries, and to develop security solutions in a balanced fashion that duly acknowledge the importance of the private sector and technical community.

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