Norms for Cyberspace Stability: Project Syndicate

The internet is vital communications infrastructure. The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace with experts from 16 nations met over three years to consider security challenges, rules and norms for information technology. The aim: encourage safe, secure use of cyber services, manage change in peaceful and organized ways, resolve disputes and reduce tensions while relying on international law. A binding international treaty is premature and norms could be more useful during a period of rapid change, suggests author Joseph Nye for Project Syndicate. The commission identified eight norms that include non-interference or disruption of public core features of the internet, technical features of elections, and development of goods or services including the supply chain. Prohibitions should be in place for botnets or programs that use others’ machines. Finally, nations and internet providers must support transparency and fast disclosure of vulnerabilities; emphasize security and mitigation of malicious activities; and enact regulations that ensure cyber-hygiene and prevent offensive operations. – YaleGlobal

Norms for Cyberspace Stability: Project Syndicate

It’s too early for a binding international treaty to protect the internet yet nations should agree on basic norms to keep the vital infrastructure in operation
Joseph S. Nye Jr.
Monday, December 30, 2019

Read the essay from Project Syndicate about efforts to establish norms for internet governance.

Joseph S. Nye, Jr., a professor at Harvard University, is the author of Is the American Century Over? and the forthcoming Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump.

Trends in Internet Governance and Digital Policy ● Rise of autonomous cars  ● Right to be forgotten  ● Use of personal data by third parties  ● Artificial intelligence ● Cyber norms  ● Fake news  ● Expansion of gig economy and legal issues

(Source: Geneva Internet Platform/Digital Watch Observatory)

© Project Syndicate - 2019

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