Recently, 27 United Nations-member countries ahead of the U.N. General Assembly’s General Debate have issued a joint statement over an “evolving framework” to bring greater stability and accountability in cyberspace.
The “evolving framework” is a group of basic guard rails that are bounded with the laws of state-sponsored hacking and related cyber activities.
Today, cyberspace is widely used by state and non-state actors as a platform for inappropriate behavior from which to focus on the critical infrastructure, undermine democracies, international organizations and institutions, citizens and even the undercut fair competition in the global economy by copying the ideas. As per the international rules-based order, it’s a guide to regulate the behavior in cyberspace. The signers agreed, “There must be some consequences in cyberspace for bad behavior.”
The countries involved include, but not limited to Iceland, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand, Norway, France, Germany, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Slovakia, the United States, Sweden, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary and the Netherlands.
Here are the complete statements:
- There is no doubt that information technology is bringing a dramatic change in modern life. It is driving productivity and innovation, promoting free expansion, and allowing users to share ideas as well as cultures. One huge benefit of this agreement, is that it has has bridged the gap between the technology and the global community more than ever before. The challenge has emerged for the vision of reaping the benefits that cyberspace has brought to the citizens.
- For the past decade, the international community has announced that the state behavior should be guided by the international rules-based order in cyberspace. The UN member states have progressively coalesced around an evolving framework in cyberspace for behavior that affirms the eligibility of international law to state-on-state behavior. International rules-based order, development and implementation of practical confidence-building measures, adherence to voluntary norms to minimize the risk of conflict stemming due to cyber thefts, and more are just some points detailed in the order. This framework has repeatedly been affirmed by all members of the United Nations General Assembly, which was articulated in 3 successive and significant reports of UN Groups of Governmental Experts in the year 2010, 2013, and 2015.
- “We highlighted our commitment to upholding this international rules-based order while encouraging its implementation, adherence, and next development which includes the ongoing UN negotiations with the Group of Governmental Experts and Open-Ended Working Group. Our team supports targeted cybersecurity capacity building to make sure that this framework is implemented by all the responsible states and product their networks effectively; From significant disrupts as well as destabilizing cyber activity. We also believe that human rights must be respected and protected by online statements as well as offline during addressing cybersecurity.”
- “A the responsible states that uphold the international rules-based order, we recognize our role in deploying and protecting the advantages of open, free and secure cyberspace for future generations. If necessary, we will work voluntarily to hold state accountability in case of a contract to this framework such as taking preventative measures that are transparent and consistent with the International law.”