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[liberationtech] 21st Century Statecraft: Joint Statement on U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting

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Sat Jun 15 12:42:30 PDT 2013

 Joint Statement on U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2013


 The text of the following statement was agreed by the Governments of the
United States of America and the Federal Republic of Germany on the
occasion of the U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting June 10-11, 2013.

Begin Text:

The Governments of the United States and Germany held a Cyber Bilateral
Meeting in Washington, DC on June 10-11, 2013.

The U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting reinforced our long-standing
alliance by highlighting our pre-existing collaboration on many key cyber
issues over the course of the last decade and identifying additional areas
for awareness and alignment. The U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting
embodied a “whole-of-government” approach, furthering our cooperation on a
wide range of cyber issues and our collaborative engagement on both
operational and strategic objectives.

Operational objectives include exchanging information on cyber issues of
mutual concern and identifying greater cooperation measures on detecting
and mitigating cyber incidents, combating cybercrime, developing practical
confidence-building measures to reduce risk, and exploring new areas of
bilateral cyber defense cooperation.

Strategic objectives include affirming common cyber approaches in Internet
governance, Internet freedom, and international security; partnering with
the private sector to protect critical infrastructure, including through
prospective legislation and other frameworks; and pursuing coordination
efforts on cyber capacity-building in third countries. The discussions
specifically focused on continued and bolstered support for the
multi-stakeholder model for Internet governance, particularly as the
preparations for Internet Governance Forum 8 in Bali, Indonesia are
underway; expanding the Freedom Online Coalition, particularly as Germany
joins the coalition just before the next annual meeting in Tunis this
month; and the application of norms and responsible state behavior in
cyberspace, particularly next steps in light of successful UN Group of
Governmental Experts consensus where key governmental experts affirmed the
applicability of international law to state behavior in cyberspace.

Germany noted its concern in connection with the recent disclosures about
U.S. Government surveillance programs. The U.S. referenced statements by
the U.S. President and the Director of National Intelligence on this issue
and emphasized that such programs are designed to protect the United States
and other countries from terrorist and other threats, are consistent with
U.S. law, and are subject to strict supervision and oversight by all three
branches of the U.S. Government. Both sides recognized that this issue will
be the subject of further dialogue.

The U.S.-Germany Cyber Bilateral Meeting was hosted by the U.S. Secretary
of State’s Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Christopher Painter, and included
representatives from the Department of State, the Department of Commerce,
the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the
Department of Defense, the Department of Treasury, and the Federal
Communications Commission. Mr. Herbert Salber, the Federal Foreign Office’s
Commissioner for Security Policy led the German interagency delegation,
which included representatives from the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal
Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Office for Information Security, the
Federal Ministry of Defense, and the Federal Ministry for Economics and

Coordinator Painter and Commissioner Salber agreed to hold the Cyber
Bilateral Meeting annually with the next to be held in Berlin in mid-2014.

PRN: 2013/0734
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