UN assembly approves dubious Russia-China cyber-crime convention

UN assembly approves dubious Russia-China cyber-crime convention
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[Ed. – The U.S., Europeans, and rights groups are all concerned that this convention would make criticism of governments a crime.  The world doesn’t need such a convention badly enough to go that route.  Veto in Security Council.]

A move by the United Nations to approve a Russian-sponsored and China-backed resolution that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime has alarmed rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.

The resolution was approved on Friday by the general assembly by a vote of 79-60, with 33 abstentions. …

The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimising crackdowns on expression, with numerous countries defining criticism of the government as “criminal”.

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