A total 51 states, including all EU members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyberweapons and the use of the internet, the French government said on Monday. The states have signed up to a so-called Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, an attempt to restart stalled global negotiations. China, Russia and the US did not sign the pledge, reflecting their resistance to setting standards for cyberweapons, which are at the cutting edge of modern warfare. “We need norms to avoid a war in cyberspace which would be catastrophic,” French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday. Campaigners have called for a “digital Geneva convention”, a reference to the Geneva conventions that set standards for the conduct of wars. They want states to commit to, for example, not attacking infrastructure that is depended upon by civilians during wartime. A new international norm would also help define a state-backed cyberattack and when a ...

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