The United States has joined the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace – an international effort to ensure the Internet remains free and open, and an agreement to cut critical infrastructures for electronic attacks by sovereign states and other actors.
The Paris Call was issued in 2018 by French President Emmanuel Macron as part of this year’s Internet Governance Forum at UNESCO and parallel to the Paris Peace Forum. The call contains nine principles that are listed and outlined here by The registry:
- Protect people and infrastructure – a commitment not to attack information infrastructure that affects people’s lives;
- Protect the Internet – Nations should stay away from the Internet kernel;
- Defend electoral processes – please do not hack elections;
- Protect intellectual property – prevent trade secret hacking;
- Non-proliferation – in particular of malware;
- Lifecycle Security – Ensuring security throughout the supply chain and throughout the life cycle of digital products;
- Cyber ââhygiene – basic digital campaigns in the field of public health;
- No private hack-back – Preventing attacks by private institutions and states using privateers as disputable attackers;
- International Standards – Promote the development and adoption by states of international standards for responsible online behavior.
The document also calls for human rights and applicable laws to be extended online, for multilateral cooperation between nations to curb online crime, and condemns âmalicious cyber activities in peacetime, especially those that cause significant, indiscriminate or systemic damage for individuals and critical infrastructures “. This is diplo language for” hacking hospitals, telecommunications companies and the power grid should be banned because it harms too many innocents “.
The last point – international standards – is also important as parallel attempts are made to define them, in particular the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), which is working to create rules that save the Internet infrastructure during armed conflict Set battle.
The US has not joined the GCSC but has ratified the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime – the most comprehensive multilateral treaty on cybercrime aimed at harmonizing laws and facilitating cross-border investigations.
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A White House statement said the US decision to accept the call “reflects the Biden-Harris administration’s priority to renew and strengthen America’s engagement with the international community on cyber issues.”
“This announcement builds on the continued work of the United States to improve cybersecurity for our citizens and businesses,” the statement said. So this needs to be considered along with US support for NATO’s revised Infosec policy, G7 efforts to crack down on countries harboring cyber criminals, and the recent Biden administration’s anti-ransomware summit.
Russia was not invited to this summit and China did not attend. By an interesting coincidence, the same two nations did not join the Paris Call and more or less ignored the GCSC.
The US approval of the call is important, however, because it was conspicuous in its absence when the document was being drawn up – as were China and Russia.
One goal of an effort like the appeal can be to isolate and criticize those who choose not to participate. The US signature of the document therefore means that it is now clearly uniting with its key allies. Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Facebook, HPE and IBM – among other big tech players – have also agreed to support the call.
With ransomware widespread in the US and multiple calls from the Biden government to end ransomware through international collaboration, the White House clearly sees that there are some benefits to supporting the call.
The appeal is also a kind of diplomatic signature initiative for President Macron, and the US needs him by their side again after France signed a $ 65 billion submarine construction contract in the US / UK / Australia-AUCUS pact Australia lost.
US support for the call was therefore announced alongside deeper cooperation with France in space. America has pledged to join the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) – an attempt to collect data in space to aid terrestrial responses to climate change. The two nations will also work together on space security issues. Â®