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GA Recommendation Archive: Vote FOR 'Repeal Digital Network Defense' | OWL


Repeal 'Digital Network Defense'

Background Information

Proposal title: Repeal 'Digital Network Defense'
Author: Saint Tomas and the Northern Ice Islands
Purpose: To repeal previous legislation on the grounds of problematically overreaching mandates, which also impede possible new WA legislation protecting citizens' privacy.


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The Office's Analysis

The at-vote resolution seeks to repeal GA#378 "Digital Network Defense" for multiple, plausibly argued reasons. Firstly, it argues that the target contains multiple extremely vague and problematic definitions such as that of cyberattack. It also criticizes how GA#378 establishes a mandatory criminal penalty for cyber crimes, whether or not a nation wants such crimes, especially the pettier ones included by the broad definition, to have a criminal or civil penalty, arguably overstepping reasonable arguments for the imposition of civil penalties. Lastly, the proposal points out that Digital Network Defense is utterly flawed in that it prevents member nations from monitoring non-governmental networks, which may pose a serious cybersecurity threat, and allows member nations to infringe on their citizens' rights by allowing them to monitor, track and codify their citizen's digital footprint, two clauses blocking better legislation on this important topic. Thus, OWL recommends a vote FOR the at-vote resolution, "Repeal 'Digital Network Defense'".

Supplementary Opinions


From TSP Citizens

Tepertopia is the OWL Director.

Tepertopia wrote:I think the proposal makes a decent argument to repeal the target resolution. Usually, I'm not the biggest fan of repealing a resolution without a replacement ready, but as this is a topic on which a great majority of nations would likely have national laws to a similar extent already (other than the recent repeal-and-replace effort for the original resolution on the right to peaceful assembly, which would have opened up a significant hole for authoritarian nations to crack down on demonstrations, had there been a long period between the repeal and the passage of the replacement), I don't think this will be too much of an issue here.

From the World

ServoDroid Inc is Citizen of Cyrannus Star System. On the NS forums, they stated:

ServoDroid Inc wrote:"Full support on this repeal. The original fails to note any distinct difference in cyber attacks, especially ones ranging from advanced persistent threats to script-kiddies and hacktivists.

"This can definitely be replaced by something far more substantial."


From TSP Citizens

At the time of writing, OWL had not found a solid opinion against the resolution from TSP citizens. You can make your own opinion heard by posting it on the Regional Message Board of the WA Voting Center!

From the World

Boston Castle is a WA author and Deputy Minister in the North Pacific. They posted the following on TNP's forums:

Boston Castle wrote:Putting aside any actual comp sci stuff (definitely not my specialty), I disagree that the term "cyberattack" is necessarily poorly defined, that seems a sensible definition. I also disagree that "monitoring networks for digital security threats" results in the broad abuse of civil liberties claimed. Against.

Wayneactia is a resident of Osiris. On the NS forums, they stated:

Wayneactia wrote:"I see very little reason to repeal it. The resolution that it replaced was a travesty, and this one wasn't much better, but it is better than nothing on the subject."