Microsoft, Facebook, LinkedIn and 31 Other Tech Giants Sign Agreement Promising They Won't Help With Cyber Wars
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner probably don't agree about many things. But they seem to agree about this: The world and its citizens need better protection from cyber-attacks, whether they come from rogue hackers, organized groups of criminals--or national governments, including our own.
They're not the only ones. A total of 34 high-tech firms, some of them deeply involved in the workings of the internet, have all signed the Cybersecurity Tech Accord. The Accord is modeled after the Geneva Conventions in which 196 nations agreed to protect the basic rights of civilians and prisoners of war during wartime.
The Accord was first proposed by Brad Smith, Microsoft president, who has argued over the past year that ordinary citizens and small businesses need and deserve better protection against such attacks than they currently have. Signers of the accord agree to four basic principles: protecting users and customers from cyber-attacks and building more secure products; opposing attacks on "innocent citizens and enterprises from anywhere" which includes refusing help to any government planning such attacks; empowering users and developers with the tools they need to strengthen cyber-security on their own; and working with each other and with other organizations dedicated to improving cyber-security in the developed and developing world.