Wout de Natris

Invitation to IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet Standards, Security and Safety

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The DC-ISSS will be announced at the IGF 2020 and has a clear goal: to stimulate more rapid deployment of Internet standards and ICT best practices leading to a safer and more secure (use of the) Internet. This post is an invitation to experts to join the Working Groups and efforts ahead.


A new Dynamic Coalition (DC) will be announced at the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2020), which aims to create recommendations, work plans and actions to deploy Internet standards and ICT best practices in more rapid ways. We are calling on RIPE community experts to join this effort.

DC-ISSS workplan

The Dynamic Coalition for Internet Standards, Security and Safety (DC-ISSS) has emerged from the IGF report ‘Setting the standard for a more secure and trustworthy Internet’, which sought to identify the causes of slow deployment of said standards and best practices but also provides recommendations and potential actions to speed up deployment.

First priorities, each one a separate Working Group, have been set within the DC-ISSS.

  • Building a business case - when ICT services or products are procured by governments and industry, make sure standards and best practices are in the procurement requirements
  • Security by design - set minimum requirements on, e.g., Internet of Things products, websites, software, etc.
  • Education - change education curricula to meet security challenges and Internet architecture, among others

As for the actions, which the report refers to as “pressure points”, there’s a need for:

  • Creating a level playing field for all involved in deployment
  • More elaborate information exchange after Internet standards are published
  • Involvement of actors that can put pressure on manufacturers and service providers such as consumer advocacy institutions, trade organisations, regulators, media, parliamentarians
  • The above to be addressed through awareness campaigns

The DC-ISSS plans to act on these and other recommendations and actions and initiate global stakeholder cooperation that will have a positive impact on economic and social well-being through helping digital technologies to transform everybody’s daily lives.

The intended outcomes of the DC-ISSS will be recommendations for actions by key policymakers and decision-takers that will enable security-related Internet standards and best practices to be deployed more rapidly and with greater determination and commitment.

Get involved

By involving stakeholders like yourself we believe that we can at last make a difference in making deployment more effective and widespread. It has to stop to be a, primarily, technical debate.

As a first step, the coalition needs to prioritise its work and decide on its work plan. A preparatory session for this purpose will be held during the upcoming IGF 2020 on Wednesday, 4 November at 09.40 – 11.10 CET.

In order to succeed in delivering concrete outcomes, the DC-ISSS needs committed experts from all relevant stakeholder constituencies to work together to achieve its objectives. The membership of the coalition also needs to comply with IGF guidance on geographical diversity and gender balance. After making a final decision on the priorities for the workload in 2021 and beyond, the DC is in need of experts to work on content together and for liaisons who are able to share information with the respective communities, gather comments, share positions and help build commitment for the final outcomes of the DC. But also resource persons in positions that allow them to open doors at a higher level or within stakeholder communities not usually involved in technical and/or Internet governance discussions.

The formal launch of the DC-ISSS will be held in a separate session on Friday, 6 November from 10.10 - 11.40 CET when the establishment of thematic working groups will be announced, and the work program presented. This will be followed by an online discussion with stakeholders. You are cordially invited to this as well of course.

Further information about the DC-ISSS can be found on the IGF website and you’re invited to join the DC-ISSS email list to receive updates and be informed of its progress.

Please also bear in mind that in order to participate in the work of the DC-ISSS you need to register for IGF 2020. This is free of cost.

Finally, to realise the goals of the DC and to actively support the experts and liaisons, a secretariat has been created. Should your organisation be able to support this work financially, please contact me on this topic.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the aims of the DC-ISSS, its objectives and the process for planning its work, please do not hesitate to email dc-isss@intgovforum.org. The support team, comprised of Mark Carvell, Marten Porte and I, would welcome any thoughts and suggestions you may have for making this important Dynamic Coalition a success in achieving its objectives in creating greater security and safety online for all users worldwide.

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Wout de Natris Based in Haarlem, The Netherlands

Wout is a consultant Internet governance. He has the analytical skills to see the shortest way to a solution and has the patience to take the longer route. He co-owns a company specialising in cyber security and privacy for SMEs.

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