Digital Geneva Convention | Whitepaper
ICT creates benefits for states and their citizens alike, but technologies can - and are - being exploited by a variety of government actors with differing motivations and means. Considering this, Microsoft strongly supports the development of cybersecurity norms that would define acceptable actions in cyberspace.
This Whitepaper puts forward a framework for developing cybersecurity norms that fall into two categories:
- Norms for improving defenses, which can reduce risk by providing a foundation for national cybersecurity capacity building and for domestic, regional, and international organizational structures and approaches that increase understanding between states;
- Norms for limiting conflict or offensive operations, which will serve to reduce conflict, avoid escalation, and limit the potential for catastrophic impacts in, through or, even to cyberspace.