As the Internet's importance in our daily lives continues to grow rapidly, the need for international cooperation on rules and regulations designed for creating a safe cyberspace has been greatly enhanced. In order to create a forum where governments, international bodies, corporations and many other stakeholders can discuss, in one place, all cyber-related issues, the UK launched the Conference on Cyberspace in 2011.
The Conference on Cyberspace is an international conference that comprehensively discusses those diverse cyber-related issues such as the economic and social benefits of cyberspace, cyber crimes, cyber security, international security and the build-up of related capabilities, among others. Established with the first conference in London, UK, it was followed by the 2012 conference in Budapest, Hungary. The 2013 conference is held in Seoul, Korea for two days from October 17 to 18. The 2013 Seoul Conference has attracted around 1,000 participants from 80 countries and will include ministers and vice ministers, government representatives, those working for international bodies, as well as representatives of domestic and international ICT (information and communications technology) corporations, academia and research centers.
Under the theme of "Global Prosperity through an Open and Secure Cyberspace," the Seoul Conference is a critical forum that seeks out ways to effectively address the negative aspects of cyberspace such as cyber-attacks, leakage of personal information, as well as ways for cyberspace to make a continuing contribution to a nation's economic and social development.
Anticipating a successful hosting of the Seoul Conference on Cyberspace, a commemorative stamp has been issued by Korea Post, where cyberspace's convenient functions are expressed with colorful, rainbow colors and the protection of cyberspace from its adverse functions was embodied in a lock design.