About GCCS

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Official handover of GCCS2017 to India by the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Alphonsus Stoelinga, to the Indian Minister of IT and Law, Ravi Shankar Prasad

Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) is a prestigious global event where international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks, cyber wizards etc gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyber space. GCCS was launched with a view to establish internationally agreed ‘rules of the road’ for behavior in cyberspace, and create a more focused and inclusive dialogue between all those with a stake in the internet (governments, civil society and industry) on how to implement them.

The first edition of GCCS was held in London in 2011. The conference witnessed a participation of 700 global delegates and helped in setting up rules and guidelines for the subsequent editions. The second conference 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. The third edition of GCCS was held in 2013 in Seoul focusing on Open and Secure Cyberspace with participation from 1600 delegates. The fourth version- GCCS 2015 was held in The Hague, Netherlands. Nearly 1800 members from about 100 countries participated in this conference and over 60 countries participated with delegations led at Ministerial level. The scale and importance of GCCS has grown significantly over successive conferences. An institutional mechanism GFCE (Global Forum on Cyber Expertise) was set up to enhance Capacity Building.


The goal of GCCS 2017 is to promote an inclusive Cyber Space with focus on policies and frameworks for inclusivity, sustainability, development, security, safety & freedom, technology and partnerships for upholding digital democracy, maximizing collaboration for strengthening security and safety and advocating dialogue for digital diplomacy.


The objectives 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, to create political commitment for capacity building initiatives 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.

GCCS 2017 in India is expected to attract over 2000 delegates from more than 100 countries. A large number of the delegations (40-50 approx.) are expected to be headed at Ministerial levels. Besides that, industry, civil society and academia from various countries will also participate and the conference is expected to be one of the biggest International conferences on Cyberspace.

To organize the event in a smooth manner a High Level Organizing Committee (HLOC) under the chairmanship of Hon’ble Minister of Electronics & IT, Law and Justice and an Executive Committee (EC) under the chairmanship of Secretary, MeitY have been formulated. National e-Governance Division (NeGD), under the Ministry of Electronics & IT (MeitY) is the main agency to organize the event on behalf of Government of India.

The conference will be held on 23- 24 November, 2017 at Aero City, New Delhi, India.

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GCCS 2017 Theme

India is one of the key leaders in the digital and knowledge based economy with over 50% share of the outsourcing market. The world has learnt to rely on Indian talent to develop transformational solutions.

Under the ambit of the Digital India Program, today, India is relying on technology enabled growth like no other nation before. It is also offering opportunity for innovation to the world.

With innovative, technology led programmes such as AADHAAR, MyGov, GeM, Digital Locker, UMANG etc, the new India is the land of technological prowess and transformation.

India is today the third largest hub for technology start ups, and Indians are recognised for their entrepreneurship spirit globally.

GCCS 2017 presents a unique opportunity to the world’s Cyber community to gain first hand insight to the technology led transformation being engineered in India, and also given an opportunity to all participants to learn from experience and expert insights, as issues and case studies are deliberated, experiences shared and knowledge exchanged.

Ideas, roadmaps and information gathered during the event will become a resource in the form of reports, white papers, country statements etc.

Main Theme of GCCS 2017: “Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development”.

GCCS 2017 aims to foster a holistic view of cyber space ensuring not only empowerment of individuals but also enabling the Governments to achieve national goals of sustainable development. With a 360 degree view, GCCS 2017 aims to promote open dialogue among all stakeholders so as to create a safe secure and inclusive cyber space. Through such dialogues and partnership, the Conference aims to give a direction to the world community on such critical issues for optimising the potential of cyber space for all.


In recent years cyber space has emerged as the critical differentiator for economic and social progress.With over 3.5 billion internet users in the world, cyber space is providing opportunities to individuals, small businesses and large companies to redesign their business models for efficiencies and outreach.

The cyber space also offers fertile ground for innovations that offers hitherto unknown opportunities potentially disrupting businesses, Governance and our daily lives.


GCCS 2017 is a multi-stakeholder platform where industry leaders, policy makers and start-ups will come together to share their ideas and insights on this exciting journey. It also provides an opportunity for the participants to witness and showcase innovative digital products and services. Discussions on Era of Mobile Governance, disruptions by Technology start-ups, elements of a favourable policy environment for Digital Economy bring to fore interesting and contemporary topics that would not only interest stakeholders deeply involved in the cyber space, but also offer insights on how Governments will look and govern in years to come.


An inclusive society with equal opportunity for all is a core democratic value. Digital technologies are offering new avenues to make the society more inclusive by leveraging technologies. Speech recognition software, text to speech software, digital visual aid, digital audio aid and digital physical aid create an inclusive society across gender, race, geographies and physical abilities.

Cyber Digital Inclusion

GCCS 2017 aims to gather the experts of Digital Inclusion to draw a roadmap for an enhanced inclusive society. Think tanks and experts from across the globe will share experiences on Global best practices for Digital Identity, the idea of Open and Free Internet for all, Digital literacy and Digital Technologies for enabling the differently abled and other related domains.


Cyber security and cyber breaches today is the top concern for critical infrastructure like telecom, banking, power etc. compounded by recent worldwide crippling attacks that demonstrated the dark side of digitisation.

Cyber attacks are damaging to businesses and government agencies alike, and jeopardise millions of personal data of users.


GCCS 2017 will offer a platform to discuss the latest trends and developments related to cyber security, including what should constitute a comprehensive cyber security framework for organisations and nations, with an understanding that tools, policies, guidelines, risk management approach, capacity building is imperative.

Emerging Technologies for Monitoring and Control of objectionable content, Policy and Frameworks for protecting the Critical Information Infrastructure, Evolving Ethics and Etiquettes for Netizens would be certain areas that would be discussed during this session.


In an increasingly networked world, nature of challenges are changing, and requires governments around the world to create new measures for using the cyber space to achieve the goals of international cooperation and development. Cyber Diplomacy redefines diplomatic relations among states, international organisations and other international bodies.


GCCS 2017 values the presence of international leaders, think tanks, industry captains and key policy makers and aims to explore the various facets of cyber diplomacy. Emerging Technologies for monitoring and control of provocative and objectionable cyber content, effective Social Media diplomacy and Public diplomacy for sustainable development, Inter-state cooperation for preventing Cyber Warfare, and Cyber Diplomacy for Global Order are some of the key thematic sessions in this regard.


The GCCS logo symbol for the 5th edition takes inspiration from Indian philosophy and the Sanskrit term ‘bindu’, meaning a small 'dot' or a 'point'.

The powerful ‘bindu’, a sacred symbol of the cosmos, signifies a point or the source of energy: centre of creation and existence progressing towards forms and colour as well as energy, sound, space and time.

The entire graphic interpretation represents the globe at the centre with outward vibrations which represent cosmic energy or ‘cyber’ energy. The outer circles are an artistic interpretation of the ripple effect of cyber energy: the power to help achieve sustainable development goals. The circles represent a continuum, without a beginning or end, depicting complete connectedness. The circles also symbolize the space within as ‘secure’ and private space. The logo is contemporary and modern, but completely Indian in origin as well as in the vibrant colour palettes.

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