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Stauffacher, Daniel

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About / À propos

Dr. Daniel Stauffacher, a former Ambassador of Switzerland, is the Founder and President of the ICT4Peace Foundation (, which since 2003 explores, champions the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for peace-building, crisis management, and humanitarian aid, and supports diplomatic processes for a peaceful and open cyberspace ( He has a Master’s degree from Columbia University, New York and a Ph.D. in media and copyright law from the University of Zürich. He joined the UN in 1982 and worked in New York, Laos and China.

In 1990 he joined the Swiss Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs (Bawi) and in 1995 he was posted to the Swiss Mission to the European Union in Brussels. From 1999 to end of 2005 he was an Ambassador of Switzerland in Geneva and a Special Representative of the Swiss Federal Government, responsible, inter alia for the hosting the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in 2003. He was a member of UN SG Kofi Annan’s UN ICT Task Force and a founding Trustee of Sir Tim Berners Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation. He is an Alumni of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center on Internet and Society and a Member of the Board of Gulf Research Center Foundation in Geneva. He served as an advisor to Governments and the UN Secretariat General, Funds and Programmes on improving Crisis Information Management Systems.

Since 2006 he and his colleagues from ICT4Peace have called for and participated in research, capacity building and international negotiations on peace and security in the cyberspace and published a number of widely acclaimed publications to support such international cybersecurity processes (see selected publications: ).

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