50 countries vow to fight cybercrime - US and Russia don't

Donna Miller
November 15, 2018

Several European countries are on board, but China and Russian Federation are not, and French officials told Reuters that the USA may not become a signatory either.

The document reaffirms "the applicability of global human rights law in cyberspace", condemns "malicious cyber activities in peacetime", and says companies are responsible for "improving trust, security and stability in cyberspace".

"The Internet is a space now managed by a technical community of private players", Reuters quoted an unnamed official from French President Emmanuel Macron's office as saying. But it's not governed.

"Otherwise, the internet as we know it today - free, open and secure - will be damaged by the new threats".

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Iran has said it will stay in it only if the other powers preserve its economic benefits against USA pressure. He added, "They have made themselves more infamous in the world and in front of our people".

The Paris Peace Forum, chaired by French President and initiator of the event Emmanuel Macron, is an annual meeting for "actors of global governance" - politicians, journalists, businesses, worldwide groups, trade unions, religions and citizens - to foster worldwide cooperation and form collective solutions to global problems.

In another sign of the Trump administration's reluctance to join worldwide initiatives it sees as a bid to encroach on USA sovereignty, French officials said Washington might not become a signatory, though talks are continuing.

President Macron said he planned to continue to pressure the U.S. and others to sign the pledge While the Trump administration is not now supporting the initiative, United States technology companies, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, are backing it. "It doesn't mean that in the end the USA federal government won't join us, talks are continuing, but the USA will be involved under other forms", another French official said.

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