Appropriate Norms Of State Behavior In Cyberspace: Governance In China And Opportunities For US Businesses

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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Finding cybernorms that are acceptable to the United States and China, which have different ideologies and practices as well as enormous interests at stake, is challenging.  However, recent developments in China show that the International Code of Conduct for Information Security that China and other member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization submitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2015, especially paragraphs 2(7) (protecting online and offline rights equally) and 2(8) (facilitating access for all in cyberspace), present new opportunities for the two countries to bridge certain gaps in setting cybernorms.  This article identifies these developments in China - the new Guiding Cases System as well as foreign and domestic developments regarding facilitating everyone’s access to cyberspace - and discusses how they, together with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s growing significance in the international arena, call for more strategic thinking among US policymakers so that the United States can seize the new opportunities to engage meaningfully with China in establishing international norms for cyberspace.

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