International protection of the internet is a matter of urgency.

The growth and health of our digital economies and societies are dependent on the backbone protocols and infrastructure of the internet. This backbone is now in need of protection against unwarranted interference to sustain the growth and the integrity of the internet. The internet’s backbone of key protocols and infrastructure can be considered a global public good that provides benefits to everyone in the world. Growing state interference with this backbone underlines the need to set a new agenda for internet governance that departs from the notion of a global public good.


On Marcht 31st 2015 the Netherlands Scientific Council for Government Policy presented their report on this subject to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders.

About the Global Conference of Cyberspace 2015

Representatives from governments, private sector and civil society will gather in order to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, to enhance cyber capacity building, and to discuss norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace.

A Policy Brief on this report will be available on this website as from 16 April 2015 when The Netherlands will host the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015