The UN Cybersecurity Committee focuses on ensuring online safety on a global scale, tackling issues related to discrepancies in international legislation regarding the online environment, the role of states in providing such regulations and the solving of “online crimes” such as hacking, illegal data sharing and online market irregularities. As most UN committees, the UNCC will have seats for all UN members, all with the right and ability to vote, and will function similarly to all subsidiary bodies of the UN General Assembly.
Throughout the past years cyber crimes have become more and more common may it be due to the new age of spying, the massive surveillance systems given to us by the government, or the feeding of specific false content by large media conglomerates. Independent of the source, we are exposed on a daily to several cyber crimes, and we need some way to stop it. Notably, in the year 2000 and 2001, the Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee of the UN was one of the first to properly spotlight the issue in its resolution, especially taking into consideration the misuse of information technology. It was not until over a decade later in 2013, that the UN’s General Assembly formally adopted “the right to privacy in the digital age” and placed emphasis on the states’ responsibility to respect and protect both offline and online privacy.