UN Committee Approves Draft Resolutions on Responsible ICT Use by State Actors

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The United Nations General Assembly First Committee has approved two documents that aim to regulate the way state actors use modern information and communication technologies.

The Disarmament and International Security Committee approved the draft resolution titled “Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security,” which provides a list of “responsible behaviors of States” with regard to modern communication technologies and calls for, among other things, the creation of a working group in 2019 that would develop and expand that list, the U.N. announced in a press release.

The DISEC also approved a draft resolution titled “Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace in the Context of International Security,” which called on signatory states to use communication technologies in ways that are consistent with principles prescribed by earlier U.N. expert panels.

In addition, the document called for the creation of a new panel that would “continue to study… possible cooperative measures to address existing and potential threats in the sphere of information security.”

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