President Emmanuel Macron of France on Monday launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace aimed at developing common principles for securing cyberspace. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, laid out the challenges and objectives of the Paris Call at the Grande Halle de la Villette during the Paris Peace Forum.

The Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace is an effort to create international laws for cybersecurity and warfare, although it does not specify any particular legislation.

The agreement aims to:

  • increase prevention against and resilience to malicious online activity;
  • protect the accessibility and integrity of the Internet;
  • cooperate in order to prevent interference in electoral processes;
  • work together to combat intellectual property violations via the Internet;
  • prevent the proliferation of malicious online programs and techniques;
  • improve the security of digital products and services as well as everybody’s “cyber hygiene”

Signatories included more than 50 nations, 130 private sector groups and 90 charitable groups and universities, but not the United States, Russia or China.