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Russia leads fight against cyber crime in UN, U.S. not happy

Christian Fernsby |
The United Nations approved a Russian resolution that aims to create a new convention on cyber crime.

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Topics: RUSSIA    CYBER    CRIME    U.S.   

The UN General Assembly approved the resolution, sponsored by Russia and backed by China, by a vote of 79-60 with 33 abstentions.

It would set up a committee of international experts in 2020. The panel would work to set up “a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes,” the resolution said.

The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimizing crackdowns on expression at a time when numerous countries are moving to define criticism of the government as “criminal.”

U.S. deputy ambassador Cherith Norman Chalet told the assembly before the vote: “This resolution will undermine international cooperation to combat cybercrime at a time when enhanced coordination is essential. There is no consensus among member states on the need or value of drafting a new treaty. It will only serve to stifle global efforts to combat cybercrime.”

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