Joint letter to UN Secretary-General on proposed cyber rules

September 19, 2011

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Source: China Daily

The United Nations permanent representatives of China, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan jointly sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday, requesting him to circulate the International Code of Conduct for Information Security. Drafted by the four countries, it is a formal UN document of the 66th session of the General Assembly.

It is the first of its kind in the field, and shows the joint efforts made by the international community in setting the rules for cyberspace.

According to the letter, the code’s purpose is to identify states’ rights and responsibilities in cyberspace, promote their constructive and responsible behavior, and enhance their cooperation in addressing the common threats and challenges in cyberspace.

Considering the fact that cyber-attacks in recent years have grown exponentially, the code puts forward comprehensive and systematic proposals on international information security rules.
The code makes much of state sovereignty in cyberspace, but fully respects the rights and free flow of information. Frankly speaking, the flow of information to some extent has no borders, but it cannot overstep national sovereignty and should abide by related laws.

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