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No, not my title (I've never been a fan of the term 'cyberspace') - but a quote from a recent speech of UK Foreign Minister William Hague on 'Security and freedom in the cyber age - seeking the rules of the road'. The speech was mentioned at the UK Internet Governance Forum Spring Messaging Session today, and was highlighted as feeding into a new 'Cyber-security strategy' due out later in Spring.
I've included the 7 principles below. How do these fit in with other principles for Internet Governance or other national or community priorities...
So in Britain’s view, seven principles should underpin future international norms about the use of cyberspace:
- The need for governments to act proportionately in cyberspace and in accordance with national and international law;
- The need for everyone to have the ability – in terms of skills, technology, confidence and opportunity – to access cyberspace;
- The need for users of cyberspace to show tolerance and respect for diversity of language, culture and ideas;
- Ensuring that cyberspace remains open to innovation and the free flow of ideas, information and expression;
- The need to respect individual rights of privacy and to provide proper protection to intellectual property;
- The need for us all to work collectively to tackle the threat from criminals acting online;
- And the promotion of a competitive environment which ensures a fair return on investment in network, services and content.
We are open to the ideas of others and we have already begun to discuss cyber with our allies in Washington, Paris, Berlin, Canberra and elsewhere.