Parallel Session 11: Gaps and Opportunities in Rights-Based Cyber Norms

Parallel Session 11: Gaps and Opportunities in Rights-Based Cyber Norms

In a world where disinformation and securitization increasingly shape the political and governance landscape, the lack of progress in developing norms to frame the online behaviour of stakeholders threatens the realization of economic opportunity and social progress. The need for rights based norms that address both the relationship between human rights and cybersecurity and frame the online responsibilities of stakeholders has never been greater.  The workshop will advance a paradigm shift with respect to cybersecurity to address systemic, society-wide vulnerabilities due to digitization of society and bring a much needed focus to the digital security of individuals and accompanying norms. In doing so the session will discuss a rethink of the relationship between human rights and security, particularly cybersecurity, through reflecting on norms developments including the UN’s Group of Governmental Experts, the Cybersecurity Tech Accord, as well as other approaches, including the  https://freeandsecure.online/ initiative. The speakers will discuss the merits and downsides of these and other approaches and explore how progress can be made in building rights based cyber norms to enable all stakeholders to fully benefit in their shared digital futures.