Stein Schjolberg

Chief Judge (Ret.)



Chairman, High-Level Experts Group (HLEG) - 100 experts from around the world (2007-2008) ITU The Global Cybersecurity Agenda

All comments are appreciated, Judge Stein Schjolberg

   The World Internet Conference was organized in Wuzhen, China, in December, and the World Economic Forum was organized in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
As a global observer, I am searching for A Global Dialogue. 
     We all agree that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online. The question is: should we agree that people must also have the same obligations online as they today have offline, to comply with authorized legal court-orders requests for information?

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made a statement at World Economic Forum in Davos, that the U.S. government are not asking for a backdoor.  She said that we are asking that «we also preserve what we currently have, which is for companies to respond to law enforcement warrants: court-ordered, court-authorized requests for information».
 Presented by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, January 25.
A proposal for A Geneva Declaration for Cyberspace. A global framework on cybersecurity and cybercrime, and a contribution for peace, security and justice in cyberspace. 
 United States Congress lawmakers acknowledge that the ultimate goal is a Geneva Convention for Cyberspace.

    As a global observer I agree on the ultimate goal, but consensus for a  binding Convention may be difficult. The excellent purpose of such a global guideline may also be achieved through a non-binding Geneva Declaration for Cyberspace. A global agreement or understanding is needed between all countries. 
 India declared at the WSIS+10 Meeting, December 15-16, United Nations General Assembly, that «we should also aim to create a global convention to address issues of cybersecurity and cybercrime.»
 China declared at a conference in China, December 16, an opposition to all categories of cybercrime, including industrial espionage, cyber surveillance, attacks against goverments networks, and that no countries should define acceptable norms of cyber behaviuor.
 China also declared at the conference in China, December 16, that participants have reached a consensus on the importance of legislation in the field of cyber security, and the necessity for a code of conduct with universal standards, in order to prevent and fight cybercrime. 
 Russia declared at the conference in China, December 16, on a greater role for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).
  The first U.S.- China High-Level Joint Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues was held in Washington DC, on December 1, 2015. The primary objectives of the dialogue were to review the timeliness and quality of responses to requests for information and assistance. They reached agreement on a document establishing guidelines for requesting assistance, and for responding to such requests. Next dialogue will take place in Bejing in June 2016.

 Cyber3Conference Okinawa2015, Japan, November 7-8, 2015. 

A proposal on A Geneva Declaration for Cyberspace (January 2016)
Draft UN Treaty on an International Criminal Court or Tribunal for Cyberspace  (10th edition, June 2015)
Draft  UN Treaty on combating online child sexual abuse (8th edition, June 2015),%202015.pdf

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«A global framework on cybersecurity and cybercrime, and a contribution for peace, security and justice in cyberspace.»