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Public Consultation: Cyber and Critical Technology International Engagement Strategy

Overview

In October 2017 DFAT released Australia's inaugural International Cyber Engagement Strategy (ICES) to guide international engagement across the full range of Australia's interests in cyber affairs. Led by the Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, implementation of the ICES has established Australia as a leading international actor on cyber affairs.

Recognising the dynamic nature of Australia's digital interests, DFAT will update the ICES in 2020, and broaden the scope to include critical technology, reflecting the increasing interdependencies and linkages between our cyber and technology policy interests.

On 22 April 2020, DFAT published a call for submissions in to the Cyber and Critical Technology International Engagement Strategy (CCTIES).

The Public Call for Submissions encouraged NGOs, civil society, academia and interested individuals in Australia and overseas, to provide input into the CCTIES. Submissions closed on 16 June 2020.

Public submissions form part of a broader program of consultation DFAT is undertaking as part of the development of the CCTIES. This includes consultation across the Australian Government and closed consultations with experts and key stakeholders.

Guidelines for Public Submissions

Each submission had to include:

  • Name and contact details of the individual or body making the submission
  • Overview of the author

Submissions had to consider at least one of the following questions:

  • What should Australia's key international cyber and critical technology objectives be? What are the values and principles Australia should promote regarding cyberspace and critical technology?
  • How will cyberspace and critical technology shape the international strategic/geopolitical environment out to 2030?
  • What technological developments and applications present the greatest risk and/or opportunities for Australia and the Indo-Pacific? How do we balance these risks and opportunities?
  • How should Australia pursue our cyber and critical technology interests internationally?
  • How can government, industry, civil society and academia cooperate to achieve Australia's international cyber and critical technology interests?
  • What policies and frameworks exist in other countries that demonstrate best practice approach to international cyber and technology policy issues?

Call for Submissions

Submissions closed on 16 June 2020. DFAT received 31 submissions in response, 6 were IN CONFIDENCE and 25 have been published below.

Submissions and Confidentiality

In making a submission, all authors agreed to the following disclaimer:

All submissions will be treated as public and may be published on this website, unless the author specifically requests that the submission, or part thereof, be handled in confidence. Unless otherwise requested, DFAT will publish the submission and the name of the submitting organisation or individual on its website. DFAT will not edit submissions prior to publishing. All details that have been included in a submission, including contact information, will be available on the DFAT website. DFAT reserves the right to not publish any submission that does not meet editorial guidelines or which it otherwise deems inappropriate.

Submitters may request that all, or part, of a submission be treated as confidential. Material supplied in-confidence should be clearly marked 'IN CONFIDENCE' and be provided in a separate attachment to non-confidential material.

By making a submission, the author(s) agree to their submission, or part thereof, being used by the Commonwealth of Australia for Commonwealth purposes.

Copyright in submissions resides with the author(s), not with the Commonwealth of Australia.

The views expressed in these submissions are the views of the author(s) and should not be understood as reflecting the views of the Commonwealth of Australia, or those of the Australian Government.

Contact

Please direct all questions to CyberAffairs@dfat.gov.au.

For media enquiries, please contact DFAT's media team:media@dfat.gov.au or (02) 6261 1555.

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