During the RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco, United States, Microsoft presented the idea of a Digital Geneva Convention.
Brad Smith, President of Microsoft called upon state leaders, private companies and everybody involved in cyberspace to gather and work on regulations to protect civil society. His idea originates from a treaty which soon will have its 70th anniversary. After the Second World War, in 1949, state leaders came together to protect the people. They negotiated the 4th Geneva Convention which aimed to protect civilians during wartime. Brad Smith took great example of history and called upon a Digital Geneva Convention. This convention shall protect civilians also in cyberspace, not only on solid ground. The Digital Geneva Convention shall serve as an international regulation which holds nations accountable for their actions. It shall protect nations, governments, industries and civil society in cyberspace.
Read more about the Digital Geneva Convention:
- The need for a Digital Geneva Convention, blog and Keynote Address video by Brad Smith, Microsoft
- A Digital Geneva Convention to protect Cyberspace, policy paper by Microsoft
- Internet Governance Forum 2017 – WS34 – A Digital Geneva Convention to protect cyberspace, panel discussion (video), Internet Governance Forum 2017
- Digital Geneva Convention: multilateral treaty, multistakeholder implementation, by Jovan Kurbalija, Huffington Post
- Why we urgently need a Digital Geneva Convention, by Kaja Ciglic, World Economic Forum Geostrategy Platform
Responding to the Call for a Digital Geneva Convention: An Open Letter to Brad Smith and the Technology Community, journal article by David Wallace and Mark Visger, Journal of Law & Cyber Warfare Vol. 6, No. 2 (Winter 2018), pp. 3-55
Other related reading:
- The Cybersecurity Tech Accord
- Tech Companies endorse MANRS Routing Security Actions by Grant Gross, Internet Society
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