US Vice President Kamala Harris said the US will be joining the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace — a voluntary agreement between more than 80 countries, local governments, and tech companies centered on advancing cybersecurity and “preserving the open, interoperable, secure, and reliable Internet.”
The announcement was part of a diplomatic trip Harris made to Paris, where she met with French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss a range of issues.
Macron spearheaded the creation of the initiative in 2018 and has long sought the inclusion of the US. But the administration of former President Donald Trump refused to join, criticizing it because both China and Russia also were not part of it.
A recent statement from the White House says the US “looks forward to continued partnership with France and other governments, private sector, and civil society around the world to advance and promote norms of responsible behavior in cyberspace.”
“This includes working with likeminded countries to attribute and hold accountable States that engage in destructive, disruptive, and destabilizing cyber activity. The United States’ decision to support the Paris Call reflects the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority to renew and strengthen America’s engagement with the international community on cyber issues.”