Global Cybersecurity Day

The Boston Global Forum sent us this about a Dec. 12 event and new international prizes:


Boston Global Forum (BGF) is selecting the world’s top  leaders in addressing cybersecurity issues, in the three roles of government policy maker, business leader and  Internet practitioner. The names of the three winners of the World Leaders in Cybersecurity awards will be announced on Dec. 12, which BGF has declared Global Cybersecurity Day, at a ceremony starting at noon at the Harvard Faculty Club, in Cambridge, Mass.

Global Cybersecurity Day is meant to inspire the shared responsibility of the world’s citizens to protect the Internet’s safety and transparency. As part of this initiative, BGF also calls upon citizens of goodwill everywhere --- from ordinary people to leaders --- to follow BGF’s Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security (ECCC).

BGF includes, among others, scholars, business leaders and journalists, and is chaired by former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis,  a national and international civic leader and  BGF’s co-founder.

Beyond just cybersecurity, BGF also seeks to honor a maximum ofthree visionary national leaders with its World Leaders for Peace, Security and Development awards.

Candidates would come from the presidential and prime-ministerial level. Criteria would include, but not be limited to, their leadership in cybersecurity, economic development, environmental protection, technological innovation, cultural enrichment and counter-terrorism.

Governor Dukakis is chairing the selection committees for the awards, which he will present on Dec. 12.

Global Cybersecurity Day and ECCC are supported by, among other organizations and individuals, the Global Citizenship Education Program at the University of California at Los Angeles, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the dean of the College of Communication at the Boston University.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dzung is among the leaders who have praised BGF’s cybersecurity initiative.  He said:

The government of Vietnam acclaims the Global Cyber-Security Day initiative and highly appreciates the building of the Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security initiated by policy makers, scholars and professors of the Boston Global Forum. “

Prof. Carlos Torres,  the UNESCO chair of Global Learning and Global Citizenship Education at UCLA, said:


 “Global Cybersecurity Day and the Ethics Code of Conduct for Cyber Peace and Security comprise a wonderful initiative that creates synergies with our Global Citizenship Education Program.’’