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As one of the signatories, ISD recommends our stakeholders to sign the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. The initiative was launched on 12 November at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF) by French President Emmanuel Macron. This high-level declaration in favour of the development of common principles for securing cyberspace has already received the backing of 76 states, 27 public authorities and local governments, 343 international and civil society organizations, and 632 entities of the private sector.

The declaration is not legally binding but offers an opportunity for signatories to provide assurance in regards to their activities (business/non-profit) following the principles of the call. The principles are:

  1. Increase prevention against and resilience to malicious online activity;
  2. Protect the accessibility and integrity of the Internet;
  3. Cooperate in order to prevent interference in electoral processes;
  4. Work together to combat intellectual property violations via the Internet;
  5. Prevent the proliferation of malicious online programmes and techniques;
  6. Improve the security of digital products and services as well as everybody’s “cyber hygiene”;
  7. Clamp down on online mercenary activities and offensive action by non-state actors;
  8. Work together to strengthen the relevant international standards.

These 8 principles are aimed to provide a safe cyberspace for innovation, economic activities, cultural development, and access to information to thrive. This call was initiated as a response to the growing threat of complicit cyber activities/cybercrime, such as: information manipulation, political and economic espionage, personal data theft, compromise of public and private information and communication systems, amongst others. As these threat becomes more sophisticated just as the underlying technology, public and private partnership across the world is needed in order to combat them.

Our stakeholders especially businesses interested to join this initiative may benefit from joining a forum of international companies and governments that work together to achieve the goal. If your institution is interested to join the call, please go to this link or send this form to Click the links below to download the full document of the call and the list of signatories.