As announced at the 2019 Paris Peace Forum, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and more than 1,000 other signatories have endorsed the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace. The Paris Call is an agreement on nine fundamental cybersecurity principles and a commitment to work together to promote a safe and secure cyberspace for all. Led by the French government, the call was first launched in November 2018 and now, on its one-year anniversary, has been signed by 74 governments and hundreds of industry and civil society organizations, making it the largest cybersecurity-focused, multistakeholder commitment in the world.
Supporters of the Paris Call are committed to working together to:
- Increase prevention against and resilience to malicious online activity
- Protect the accessibility and integrity of the internet
- Cooperate in order to prevent interference in electoral processes
- Work together to combat intellectual property violations via the internet
- Prevent the proliferation of malicious online programs and techniques
- Improve the security of digital products and services as well as everybody’s “cyber hygiene”
- Clamp down on online mercenary activities and offensive action by nonstate actors
- Work together to strengthen the relevant international standards
Adapting technology to advance – not degrade – democracy is a universal responsibility and complex challenge. As IFES works to ensure that technology, information and data positively serve democracy and elections, endorsement of the Paris Call affirms our organizational commitment to strengthening the security of digital spaces.