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Foreign Secretary to host International Cyber Conference

Foreign Secretary William Hague will host an international conference on Cyberspace in London on 1 and 2 November.

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This follows his commitment in his February speech, “Security and freedom in the cyber age - seeking the rules of the road”, that the UK “is prepared to host an international conference later this year to discuss norms of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace”.

Announcing the details of the conference, the Foreign Secretary said:

“I am inviting governments, international organisations, NGOs and businesses from across the world to a conference in London in November. We have a shared responsibility to address the challenges presented by the networked world including cyber crime that threatens individuals, companies, and governments. It is vital that cyberspace remains a safe and trusted environment in which to operate. This can only be done effectively through international cooperation, engaging both the public and private sectors. Together I hope that we can begin to build the broadest possible international consensus on how to realise the enormous economic and social benefits the Internet offers. It is crucial that we start a focused dialogue now”.

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Published 22 July 2011