Towards a secure and open cyberspace: German‑US consultations in Washington

Germany and the United States of America held their fourth Cyber Bilateral Meeting on 22 and 23 March in Washington. The German delegation comprised representatives of several federal ministries and was headed by Ambassador Thomas Fitschen, Director for International Cyber Policy at the Federal Foreign Office.

In addition to talks between senior officials, there was a round-table discussion among German and US stakeholders from the private sector, academia and civil society, resulting in important impetus for the transatlantic dialogue on cyber matters. The main topics were internet governance and national and international cybersecurity. The talks also focused on the protection of human rights in the digital era, the fight against cybercrime and the deletion of online hate propaganda.

In a joint statement, both sides affirmed their commitment to continuing their joint endeavours to promote a peaceful, secure and open cyberspace in which human rights are upheld.

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Joint statement on the German‑US Cyber Bilateral Meeting

Last updated 29.03.2016

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