Cyber threats

1 Platform for Survival items

19. The UN shall declare cyberspace a peaceful commons and create a binding treaty for international cyber norms.
20. Manufacturers of ICT hardware and software shall be liable for negligent security failures that cause harm.

2 Links

3 Wiki

Each of the proposals above has its own page on the Project Save the World wiki. Our intention is that people will volunteer to use the wiki for an essay on how the proposal can be put into action, what changes may need to be introduced, and so on.

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4 Papers and articles

With hacking of US utilities, Russia could move from cyberespionage toward cyberwar

[Cilluffo and Cardash,] The distinction between exploiting weaknesses to gather information – also known as “intelligence preparation of the battlefield” – and using those vulnerabilities to actually do damage is impossibly thin and depends on the intent of the people doing it. Intentions are notoriously difficult to figure out. In global cyberspace they may...

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  1. Adele Buckley says:

    Why Canada needs a cyber security foreign policy
    By PAUL MEYER JUN. 14, 2018

    It could guide our efforts to influence the development of international policy on cyberspace and help set norms for responsible state conduct.

    War or peace in cyberspace? This basic question was the theme of a recent gathering of cyber security experts held at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo, Ont. Unlike many such meetings, the focus was on international policy and the status to be accorded this vital, if vulnerable, environment.
    There has been a steady “militarization” of cyberspace in recent years, with states moving from an exclusive focus on cyber defence to an open acknowledgement of offensive cyber capabilities.

    Paul Meyer is a former Canadian ambassador for disarmament, a senior fellow of The Simons Foundation and the chair of the Canadian Pugwash Group. He organized the May 24 conference in Waterloo: “War or Peace in Cyberspace: Whither International Cyber Security?”

  2. admin says:

    Submitted by David Harries

    Cyber attacks: what might be called for

    #19. An independent PoC for global cyber norms will recognize that the UN can ‘declare’, but is unlikely ever to be able to ‘bind’ states on cyberspace issues.
    #20. A legally-empowered ‘office’[1] will globally monitor ICT designers and producers for compliance with practices promoting high standards of hardware and software security and publicize acts of negligence.

    [1] An unsuccessful Proposal made for the 30/31 May conference was the establishment of a UN Technology Office.

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