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As Democracy Summit Wraps, US Restricts Exports of Cyber Tools Used for Repression

Patsy Widakuswara reports in Voice of America (VOA) that the US, Australia, Denmark and Norway have announced an export control programme to monitor and restrict the spread of technologies used to violate human rights. The Export Control and Human Rights Initiative seeks to address the problem of authoritarian governments misusing dual-use technologies to surveil and hack into the communications of political opponents, journalists, activists and minority communities. Signatories will develop a voluntary code of conduct to help guide export licensing policy and practices. The goal is a stronger agreement with more participating governments to better control licensing for technologies that can violate human rights.

Read the full piece on the Voice of America website.