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Australia to keep playing the UN cyberspace norms game

Director of cyber policy Johanna Weaver and Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs, Dr Tobias Feakin (Image: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) ×feakin-australia-cyber.jpgThe United Nations has restarted its process for setting rules on "responsible state behaviour in cyberspace" with two separate forums, and Australia intends to continue being a key player.
On Friday, Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs Dr Tobias Feakin, announced that his senior policy adviser Johanna Weaver would be the nation's representative on the sixth United Nations Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (GGE).
Weaver is the director of cyber policy at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). She holds a Masters of Laws specialising in strategic cyber policy, as well as a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Political and International Studies. She also sat through the previous round of GGE meetings as an adviser.
"Never has it been more important to be clear about responsible state behaviour in cyberspace," Feakin said. window.console && console.log && console.log("ADS: queuing inpage-video-top-5cb555d655f91 for display"); var cbsiGptDivIds = cbsiGptDivIds || []; cbsiGptDivIds.
push("inpage-video-top-5cb555d655f91"); His comment reinforced the recent assessment by Australia's Foreign Minister Marise Payne that 2019 will be a "pivotal year in the development of the rules of the road in cyberspace". "Over the past three years, we have we have seen an increase in the willingness of states and non-state actors to use the internet for malicious and indiscriminate ends," Payne said in a speech to the Lowy Institute in March.
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" Analysts believe that 30 or more nation-states either have or are working on an offensive military cyber capability. The GGE's progress stalled, but will restart again soonPrevious rounds of GGE meetings, which began in 2004, made significant diplomatic progress, at least in comparison to recent years.
In their 2013 UN GGE Report, nations agreed that the UN Charter and international law applied in cyberspace, avoiding the need for the UN to create a new global legal framework. It was agreed that nations' efforts to improve cybersecurity would have to include "respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international instruments", and.
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