Twenty-seven nations signed a statement today reaffirming their commitment to constructing a framework for responsible state behavior in cyberspace.

The statement, Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, created a framework for the nations to show their continuing support for the international rules-based order, and encourage its adherence, implementation and further development, including at the ongoing UN negotiations of the Open Ended Working Group and Group of Governmental Experts.

“We support targeted cybersecurity capacity building to ensure that all responsible states can implement this framework and better protect their networks from significant disruptive, destructive or otherwise destabilizing cyber activity. We reiterate that human rights apply and must be respected and protected by states online, as well as offline, including when addressing cybersecurity,” the nations said in a statement issued by the U.S. State Department.

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