A new strategy just launched from the federal government to guide international engagement on technology diplomacy and advance the National Security Strategy and National Cybersecurity Strategy.

The strategy, released at the RSA Conference 2024 in San Francisco, focuses on the concept of digital solidarity, which is a willingness to work together on shared goals, to stand together, to help partners build capacity, and to provide mutual support. Working with other federal agencies, the Department of State developed the strategy.

Digital solidarity recognizes all who use digital technologies in a rights-respecting manner are more secure, resilient, self-determining, and prosperous when working together to shape the international environment and innovate at the technological edge.

The concept of digital solidarity rests on efforts to build digital and cyber capacity. This way partners are better able to build a defensible and resilient digital ecosystem over the long term. In addition, they are also able to respond and recover quickly when incidents happen and to hold criminal and threat actors accountable. To build broad digital solidarity, the strategy lays out three guiding principles:

  1. An affirmative vision for a secure and inclusive cyberspace grounded in international law, including international human rights law
  2. Integration of cybersecurity, sustainable development, and technological innovation
  3. A comprehensive policy approach that utilizes the appropriate tools of diplomacy and international statecraft across the entire digital ecosystem

Within the strategy there are four areas of action:

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  • Promote, build, and maintain an open, inclusive, secure, and resilient digital ecosystem
  • Align rights-respecting approaches to digital and data governance with international partners
  • Advance responsible state behavior in cyberspace, and counter threats to cyberspace and critical infrastructure by building coalitions and engaging partners
  • Strengthen and build international partner digital and cyber capacity, including capacity to combat cybercrime

Repressive regimes and other actors have misused cyber and digital tools to threaten international peace and stability, harm others, exert malign influence, and undermine the exercise of human rights. An innovative, rights-respecting cyberspace and digital technology strategy is foundational to U.S. strategic, security, economic, and foreign policy interests.

Moving forward, the United States will work with a wide range of partners across the globe to realize and extend digital solidarity.

This strategy sets out a path for the United States to mobilize resources to implement this affirmative and proactive vision. This way, it is possible to build digital solidarity that connects people and information like never before. It can also foster a more inclusive, secure, prosperous, rights-respecting, safe, and equitable world.

Click here to read the entire strategy paper.

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