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Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar

Abstract: 
- After the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, tech companies are becoming much more aware of the cybersecurity risks that exist for the government and civilians as a result of their code. This has incentivized over 30 leading tech companies to collaborate. This collaboration is being led by Facebook and Microsoft. Their objective is to separate themselves and their companies from indulging in government sponsored cyber warfare. - One of the primary incentives of this pact is to not help any government "mount cyberattacks against innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere." This extends to actually helping countries and governments that are on the receiving ends of these attacks. This is, as Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, says "a digital Geneva Convention." Key Words: Microsoft, Facebook, Security, Technology, Cybersecurity, Web, Networks, Geneva Convention, digital, cyberwarfare,
Author: 
David E. Sanger
Institution: 
New York Times
Year: 
2018
Input By: 
Ahilya Mehta
Affiliation: 
Student
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Industry Focus: 
Information & Telecommunication
Internet & Cyberspace
Datatype(s): 
Agreements