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This briefing document aims to frame discussions at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2017 Day 0 event “A rights-based approach to cybersecurity: A pipe dream or a critical means to a secure and stable internet?”.

The goal of this event, and therefore this briefing document, is to deepen understanding of the human rights dimensions of cybersecurity policy in 2017. It touches on major developments in the field of cybersecurity that impact on human rights, and maps out key issues for further discussion at the Day 0 event.

This briefing is not meant to be comprehensive. For example, by focusing on policy and normative approaches to cybersecurity threats, it does not address in detail the important responses from the technical and academic communities in this regard. Discussion, debate and additional contributions are welcome.