Microsoft calls for 'Digital Geneva' in wake of high profile cyberattacks

Julie Spitzer - Print  | 

In the wake of a series of high-profile cyberattacks, Microsoft President Brad Smith is urging tech firms to work with politicians to reassess regulations and set global norms that would police cyberspace, according to CNBC.

"This is supposed to be a time of peaceā€¦ so the world has literally, in that regard, been turned upside down from protecting civilians in times of war to attacking civilians in times of peace," Mr. Smith said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, CNBC reports.

Mr. Smith is pushing for a new Digital Geneva Convention that would help identify and fill gaps in international regulations related to cyberspace. But, this isn't the first time Mr. Smith has called for global collaboration on this issue. Shortly after the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign suffered a hack and disclosure of Democratic Party emails, he brought up the idea.

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