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Former president Ilves calls for global cyber-alliance of democracies

Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves. Source: (Eesti Meedia/Scanpix)

Democratic nations around the world, including and building on NATO members, should start a global partnership on cybersecurity, starting with an informal forum for collaboration, to grow into an alliance with legal structures and responsibilities, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves said in an interview.

Ilves suggested the format in an interview with magazine Inside Cybersecurity.

"Only the U.S. is capable of putting this together, only the U.S. has the possibility of providing leadership," Ilves said.

According to him, the place to start is an informal forum for collaboration that could later evolve into a union complete with obligations to its members and legal structures of its own.

Ilves also said that NATO has experience with interational cooperation, and the project could be started from there. But thought should be given to going beyond transatlantic cooperation, by involving Japan, Korea, and Mexico, and more countries beyond them.

Editor: Dario Cavegn

Source: BNS

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