United Nations takes another step towards the International Treaty on Cybercrime
The United Nations:
The UN General Assembly on Wednesday adopted by consensus a resolution proposed by Russia to draft a treaty against cybercrime by 2023, an initiative viewed with suspicion by Western nations who fear it will restrict freedom of movement. ‘expression.
Entitled “Combating the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes”, the resolution – co-drafted with Equatorial Guinea – focuses on the work of a special committee launched in 2019.
From January, the committee will hold at least six ten-day sessions alternating in New York and Vienna until the presentation of a “draft convention to the General Assembly at its seventy-eighth session” in September 2023, according to the resolution.
Russia’s attempts to regulate the use of cyberspace in an international treaty have been fiercely opposed in recent years by the United States, Europeans and human rights NGOs.
They see the Russian decision as a way to muzzle the internet, restricting its use and freedom of expression on social media.
“With the idea of a world convention, the Russians want to impose restrictions on the Internet,” said a Western diplomat speaking on condition of anonymity.
A restrictive treaty could make it easier to block Internet access and strengthen control over its users in some countries, experts fear.
The resolution adopted on Wednesday stresses that “information and communication technologies, while having enormous potential for the development of states, create new opportunities for authors and can contribute to an increase in the level and complexity of criminality”.
Cyberspace is often a prolific theater of espionage, blackmail, disinformation and aggression, often initiated by states or other groups.
To date, there is only one binding international instrument on cybercrime, the Convention on Cybercrime, also known as the Budapest Convention, which entered into force in 2004.
Unlike the global text envisaged by Russia, this convention has only regional scope. It serves as a benchmark for European countries developing legislation on cybercrime and as a framework for international cooperation between signatory states.
If a new text is approved, it could possibly render the Budapest Convention obsolete, say critics of the Russian initiative.
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