Regulation of cyberspace

Richard Laming

Letter published in the Financial Times, 7 October 2010

Sir, The moment at which the western countries have the upper hand in cyberspace is exactly the moment to propose an international agreement to regulate it. Gideon Rachman is right to warn that “one day, the tables may turn”: without an agreement that binds the powers of the strongest, what happens to us then? The Clinton-Blair years were an era of missed opportunities, when decisive steps in the direction of a more stable global order could have been taken but were not. As we survey the chaos that has ensued in the climate and the financial markets, let us not repeat that mistake in cyberspace.

Richard Laming
Chair, Federal Union

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