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Civil Society and Disarmament 2017

Voluntary Non-Binding Norms for Responsible State Behaviour in the Use of Information and Communications Technology - A Commentary

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This publication contains a commentary on the voluntary, non-binding norms of responsible State behaviour from the 2015 report of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security. In an open call for comments, scholars, experts and enthusiasts were invited to submit recommendations, comments and guidance for understanding and interpreting the recommendations of the United Nations GGE. An array of academics, scholars and experts responded to this call and were involved in drafting this synthesis of views and perspectives.

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Recommendation 13 (e). Barrie Sander

States, in ensuring the secure use of ICTs, should respect Human Rights Council resolutions 20/8 and 26/13 on the promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet, as well as General Assembly resolutions 68/167 and 69/166 on the right to privacy in the digital age, to guarantee full respect for human rights, including the right to freedom of expression.

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