En ”digital Genèvekonvention” er ikke i Danmarks interesse.

  • Jeppe Teglskov Jacobsen Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Abstract

Abstract in English
Although Denmark, as a small-state actor, has an interest in global IT security and clarity of international norms in cyber space, this article argues that it is not in Denmark’s interest to pursue a “Digital Geneva Convention,” the proposal currently being put forward by Microsoft. Starting negotiations on a comprehensive digital convention would risk reopening already concluded international agreements and undermining on-going, non-binding negotiations. It also overlooks the gains that states’ security apparatuses legitimately pursue in cyberspace. This, however, does not mean that a small state like Denmark should stay passive in the field of international cyber politics. On the contrary, the continuing political uncertainty in cyberspace provides small states with the possibility of “punching above their weight”. Prioritizing Danish cyber engagements in the EU, NATO, the UN and in non-governmental fora as well as enhancing cooperation with the private sector in both Denmark and internationally, would strengthen Denmark’s political profile internationally and security in cyberspace more generally.

Sammendrag på dansk
Selvom Danmark såvel som de fleste andre småstater har interesse i bedre it-sikkerhed og juridisk klarhed i cyberspace, er Microsofts forslag om en åbning af forhandlingerne om en bred digital konvention for staters adfærd i cyberspace langt fra i dansk interesse. En åbning risikerer ikke blot at genåbne allerede vedtaget internationale aftaler og underminere eksisterende, ikke-bindende drøftelser om emnet, men ignorerer også de sikkerhedspolitiske gevinster som stater legitimt forfølger i cyberspace. Det betyder dog ikke, at en småstat som Danmark blot må forholde sig passivt på det cyberpolitiske område. Tværtimod. Den politiske uklarhed, der stadig omringer cyberspace, giver småstater mulighed for at ”punch above their weight”. Således vil et øget danske cyberengagement i EU, NATO, FN og i ikke-statsdrevne forhandlingsfora samt et målrettet samarbejde med både danske og udenlandske virksomheder styrke Danmarks position internationalt og ultimativt sikkerheden i cyberspace.

 

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Author Biography

Jeppe Teglskov Jacobsen, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
PhD candidate
Published
2018-05-31
Section
Fagfellevurdert
How to Cite
JACOBSEN, Jeppe Teglskov. En ”digital Genèvekonvention” er ikke i Danmarks interesse.. Internasjonal Politikk, [S.l.], v. 76, n. 2, p. 73-88, may 2018. ISSN 1891-1757. Available at: <https://tidsskriftet-ip.no/index.php/intpol/article/view/1041>. Date accessed: 14 aug. 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.23865/intpol.v76.1041.
Keywords
cyberspace, Microsoft, cyber diplomacy, international law, small states, cyberdiplomati, international ret, småstater