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Need to define cyber sovereignty principles, say experts

New Delhi, Feb 23: Cyber sovereignty principles need to be quickly defined to address not just tiol sovereignty and security concerns but also to balance conflicting state interests in cyberspace, cyber law experts said here. Addressing a semir recently on “Tallinn Manual 2.0” that was launched earlier this month, experts emphasised that there is a dire need for an “Intertiol Convention on Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity”.

Authored by 19 intertiol law experts, the “Tallinn Manual 2.0” is the most comprehensive alysis of how existing intertiol law applies to cyberspace.

“Tallinn Manual 2.0 seeks to provide a commendable starting point for a long journey on how principles of intertiol law would apply to various facets of cyber operations in today’s world,” Pavan Duggal, one of the country’s top cyber law experts, told IANS on the sidelines of the event.

A sequel to its first version released in 2013, the new manual also offers insights about how cyber threats have evolved over the years and represents a new milestone in the evolving global cyberlaw jurisprudence.

“The cyber ecosystem, being a global paradigm, needs to be seen from a holistic perspective and not from a western centric vision only,” Duggal added. According to Sanjay Bahl, Director General of the government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), the digitisation of the country should not come at the cost of cyber attacks.

“With India gradually inching towards digitisation, the scope of cyber attacks, in absence of a concrete cyberlaw or its implementation, puts the country at peril,” Bahl told the gathering. Duggal suggested that the process of framing an “Intertiol Convention on Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity” can begin by collating common minimum denomitors of universally-accepted principles on the said subjects. (IANS)

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