Club de Madrid supports the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

On November 12th at the UNESCO Internet Governance Forum (IGF), President Emmanuel Macron launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. The WLA-Club de Madrid is one of the early supporters of the Paris Call, among other civil society organizations, private companies and States.

During the emergence of IoT and Big Data, many incidents occurred concerning the problem of users’ information protection. Hence, calls for treaties, regulations, and codes are needed and many of them are making progress. The recent high-level declaration of the President of France on developing common principles for securing cyberspace, ensuring the safety of the people has received the backing of many States, as well as private companies and civil society organizations.

The Call emphasizes the necessity of a strengthened multi-stakeholder approach and of additional efforts to reduce risks to the stability of cyberspace and to build-up confidence, capacity and trust. Supporters of the Paris Call are therefore committed to work together to:

– Prevent and recover from malicious cyber activities that threaten or cause significant, indiscriminate or systemic harm to individuals and critical infrastructure;

– Prevent activity that intentionally and substantially damages the general availability or integrity of the public core of the Internet;

– Strengthen our capacity to prevent malign interference by foreign actors aimed at undermining electoral processes through malicious cyber activities;

– Prevent ICT-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sector;

– Develop ways to prevent the proliferation of malicious ICT tools and practices intended to cause harm;

– Strengthen the security of digital processes, products and services, throughout their lifecycle and supply chain;

– Support efforts to strengthen an advanced cyber hygiene for all actors;

– Take steps to prevent non-State actors, including the private sector, from hacking-back, for their own purposes or those of other non-State actors;

– Promote the widespread acceptance and implementation of international norms of responsible behavior as well as confidence-building measures in cyberspace.

Link for Full Text of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace

In 2014, the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) launched The Next Generation Democracy (NGD) Project with the goal of “enabling democracy to meet the expectations and needs of all citizens and preserve their freedom and dignity while securing a sustainable future.” Since 2017, WLA-CdM has been partnering with AIWS to promote the development of AI in concert with the goal of the Next Generation Democracy. To align the development of AI with the NGD initiative, the AIWS has developed the AIWS 7-Layer Model. This model establishes a set of responsible norms and best practices for the development, management, and uses of AI so that this technology is safe, humanistic and beneficial to society.