Commentary | Cyber Norms and the United Nations

Commentary | Cyber Norms and the United Nations

Article / 2 Apr 2020

In this new article for ISPI (Italian Institute for International Political Studies), Dennis Broeders and Fabio Cristiano discuss the role of the United Nations as a normative power when it comes to responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

Lucas Kello is Associate Professor of International Relations, serves as Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs, and is also co-Director of the interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security at the Department of Computer Science at University of Oxford.

Duncan Hollis is the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Law at Temple Law School, Temple University. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Bibi van den Berg is Professor of Cybersecurity Governance within the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs.

Cyberspace’ became a UN issue in 1998 when Russia first tabled a resolution on ‘Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security’ with the aim of starting negotiation of a treaty to regulate the possible use of ICTs in international conflict. Interestingly, what Russia feared most at that time was the ‘development, production or use of particularly dangerous forms of information weapons’, i.e. information warfare, which is arguably what Russia is best at today. Most Western states – in this debate often grouped under the term ‘likeminded states’ – did not want to go down the route of negotiating a multilateral treaty. In their view cyberspace did not...

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