After over two years of negotiations, the Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes failed to reach an agreement on a future convention on cybercrime. Member States could not reach a consensus on the scope of the convention, or the extent of human rights safeguards in what was meant to be the final negotiating session, so an additional session will take place in August.

As the mandate for the Ad Hoc Committee expires at the UN General Assembly in September, the LetsTalkCyber initiative organized an online roundtable on 30 May 2024 to take stock of the discussions on the future of the UN Cybercrime Convention, the progress made, the risks for human rights of the current draft, the future implementation of the convention, and the challenges ahead.

The conversation, moderated by Edoardo Ravaioli, Coordinator of the Let’sTalkCyber initiative included:

  • Briony Daley Whitworth, Director, Cyber & Tech Multilateral Engagement Sector, International Security Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia.
  • Raman Jit Singh Chima, Asia Pacific Policy Director and Senior International Counsel, Access Now
  • Katitza Rodríguez, Policy Director for Global Privacy, EFF  
  • Paloma Lara Castro, Public Policy Coordinator, Derechos Digitales 
  • Nick Ashton-Hart, Head of Delegation, Cybersecurity Tech Accord  
  • Timea Suto, Global Digital Policy Lead, International Chamber of Commerce  

Did you miss it? You can rewatch the event here