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International rules for the behaviour of states in cyberspace

A visualisation of the 11 agreed norms that all states in the world have agreed to follow.

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This is a visualisation of the 11 norms contained in the 2015 report of UN Group of Governmental Experts. Some norms are prohibitions (red), others are positive encouragements (blue). The yellow-coloured norm refers to (neutral) advice.

What have you learned through this sketching process? (1,000 characters)

In my professional area of cyber capacity building, we could make much more use of good practices from international aid and diplomacy. I was reminded of a visual that was made for the 2010 Millennium Development Goals, and now the Sustainable Development Goals. That's when I considered making similar illustrations for the 11 international cyber norms. There may be additional work in making them even more appealing and compelling.

Tell us more about you. (1,000 characters)

I'm heading up the cyber capacity building work at ASPI's International Cyber Policy Centre. I designed a project that aims to increase understanding among governments, thinktanks and academia in our region of the agreeements made in the framework of the United Nations. Ambiguous diplomatic and negotiated language is terrible to explain in simple terms, but that's critical to a process of adoption and eventual compliance. My background is in international peace and security affairs, and for the past +/- 5 years I've working on issues related to stability in cyberspace, international rules and cyber crisis management. I really enjoy interaction with different cultures and nations in an effort to create a common understanding of opportunities and inevitable risks in cyberspace. There's scope for much more cross-fertilisation between the world of cyber diplomacy and traditional areas of foreign policy and international aid- and vice verse.

Why are you participating in this Challenge? (750 characters)

Creative and innovative techniques are necessary to make some of our most critical cyber issues understandable, visible and tangible. I like the intellectual and creative elements of this challenge. I've often been thinking of ways to illustrate cyber diplomacy issues for the purpose of our capacity building work. In traditional areas of diplomacy and international aid, we've seen quite extensive and effective use of visuals. But it seems that the 'cyber' prefix makes this exponentially challenging. We like to be at the forefront of confronting this challenge in a collaborative manner.

Website(s) (see our reports with the purpose-made illustrations)

What is your experience with the field of cybersecurity?

  • I have considerable experience and/or knowledge in the cybersecurity field.

What best describes you?

  • I’m a cybersecurity professional with an interest in visuals.

How did you hear about this OpenIDEO Challenge?

  • Hewlett Foundation website / social media

Location: City


Location: State / District

Australian Capital Territory

Location: Country

  • Australia


Join the conversation:

Photo of Dima Boulad

Welcome to the challenge, and thank you for your contribution! How would you consider pushing this idea further? We've had a large number of very interesting submissions so far and we are going through them one by one in the Review phase. In the meantime, we invite you to browse other submissions and join the conversation around cybersecurity on the platform!

Photo of Tristan Spill

I wish we could read the image to see the actual words. What are the 11 rules? Are these stickers?

Photo of Ash Gardiner

I like the reuse of the MDG tile format. Lets hope your cyber goals are less ignored than the MDGs ;)