22 Nov 2019

Unpacking the GGE’s framework on responsible state behaviour: Confidence building measures

By Kristine Hovhannisyan and Eneken Tikk and Sheetal Kumar

At the UN First Committee, two processes—the UN Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) and the Open-ended Working Group—are currently exploring the same question: responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

This term comes from a 2015 report by the previous GGE, which defines it according to a framework of four components:

  1. norms, rules and principles;
  2. confidence-building measures;
  3. capacity-building;
  4. the application of international law in cyberspace.

Understanding these components is crucial to engaging effectively at the GGE and OEWG. In this series, we’ll be looking at each component in turn—looking at what they mean, how they have been defined, and their relevance to human rights.

In this entry, we examine confidence building measures. This explainer was authored by Kristine Hovhannisyan and Eneken Tikk of Cyber Policy Institute (CPI) and Sheetal Kumar of Global Partners Digital.