Ambassador of Netherlands, Alphonsus Stoelinga handovers the GCCS 2017 to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad; Picture Credit: GFCE

Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) will be held in India in 2017. This will be the 5th edition of GCSS and India is hosting it for the first time. Over a 100 countries are expected to participate in this conference.

On Tuesday, IT and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “India has been selected for hosting Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS) in 2017. It is recognition of India’s emerging role as big cyber power accelerated by Digital India which has gained international fame,” reported PTI (Press Trust of India).

Mr. Prasad also added that he recently met with the Netherlands Ambassador Alphonsus Stoeling who handed over the GCCS hosting to India.

Global Conference on Cyber Space was first held in UK in 2011, followed by Budapest in 2012. The year 2013 was South Korea’s turn and the Netherlands in 2015.

The GCCS is sometimes known as the ‘London Process’. It deliberates mainly on the issues regarding to cyberspace co-operation.

GCCS promotes the norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace and enhances the cyber capacity building.

IT is reported that the Global Cyber Space Conference will be held in the last quarter of 2017. An government official said that the venue and dates will be decided shortly.