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The Proposed "Digital Geneva" Convention: Towards an Inclusive Public-Private Agreement on Cyberspace?

Strategic Security Analysis - 2017


Maria Gurova

Release Date:

July 2017

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Microsoft president Brad Smith’s proposal that private sector entities should draw up and adopt a digital convention is timely, but risks being another exclusive coalition of like-minded actors without proper global outreach.

In substance, the six principles of the proposed digital convention more closely resemble a mix of public and private international law than the principles of international humanitarian law, which are already applicable to the cyber domain, with some exceptions.

Without support from the government sector and comprehensive outreach to the international community, any digital regime on a global scale will not be feasible.