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Estonian cyber diplomat: international cyber norms are the pillars of a safe internet

28. November 2019 - 15:29

Today, 28 November, an open discussion hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of the Internet Governance Forum in Berlin focused on trust, norms for behaviour and freedom in cyberspace. 

According to Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Diplomacy Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar, the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms is among the internationally recognised pillars of cyber norms, and the international community must ensure that these rules are followed. “When it comes to cybersecurity and internet governance, freedom and openness are the main starting point for many states. It is important for like-minded countries to continue raising these issues in international organisations as well as bilaterally,” Tiirmaa-Klaar emphasised. She added that this work plays an important role in making sure that people have a safe, open and stable internet on which our economy is increasingly reliant.

In addition to the Estonian representative, the discussion hosted by the Foreign Ministry also included Carmen Gonsalves, the head of the International Cyber Policy Department at the Foreign Ministry of the Netherlands, Mallory Knodel, the Head of Digital at the ARTICLE 19 non-profit organisation that focuses on the internet and human rights, and Gonçalo Carriço, Associate Director for EU Affairs at AT&T telecommunications company. The talk was moderated by Matthew Shears, a member of the board of ICANN, which specialises in international domain management.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held for the fourteenth time, focuses on issues of the shared global internet in 2019. The forum was initiated by the UN Secretary General in 2006 and it has become one of the main international forums for policy dialogue on internet governance issues. The event brings together various representatives of governments, the private sector and civil society.


Additional information:

Britta Tarvis
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia
Communication Department
+372 637 7627 / +372 5194 7045

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