Multistakeholder Manifesto​

Revisiting the Multistakeholder Manifesto at the 11th Hour

January 16th, 2024 in Geneva

The draft United Nations cybercrime treaty does not incorporate human-centric principles and the prospect of it being adopted in its current form is gravely concerning.

In September 2021, the CyberPeace Institute and the Cybersecurity Tech Accord brought together the multistakeholder cybersecurity community to sign a Multistakeholder Manifesto. This document outlined human-centric principles essential for developing an effective and rights-respecting criminal justice instrument and was endorsed by over 50 civil society and industry representatives. 

The UN Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes (AHC) published the revised draft of the Cybercrime Convention in November last year. The text is expected to be finalised in early February and tabled to the UN General Assembly for ratification by member states. 

The revised negotiating text is, however, concerning and disappointing. It does not reflect the principles advocated by the multistakeholder community or the input provided by the accredited organisations over the course of the two-year negotiation. This is why the CyberPeace Institute and the Cybersecurity Tech Accord are once again coming together to call for the prioritisation of human-centric principles ensuring that the focus remains on protecting individuals and their rights while combating cybercrime within the emerging treaty. Using our 2021 Multistakeholder Manifesto as a guide, we are assessing how the principles have been reflected in the UN deliberations. 

Prioritizing Human-Centric Equities within the Proposed UN Cybercrime Treaty

September 30th, 2021 in Geneva

Cybercrime continues to evolve. Although something clearly needs to be done, there is growing concern that proposed action to tackle this is at the expense of fundamental human rights and that there are serious risks to the open and free internet. 

As the deadline of 29 October 2021 approaches for countries to submit input to the United Nations ahead of the January negotiations at the UN for a Cybercrime Convention, the CyberPeace Institute and its industry partners assembled under the Cybersecurity TechAccord initiative, have published the Multi-Stakeholder Manifesto. The principles outlined in the Manifesto are considered key to reflect human-centric principles in any cyber crime legislation. 

The Manifesto is supported by over 50 civil society and industry representatives.  Signatories to the Manifesto want to also ensure that any cybercrime convention preserves and upholds basic human rights and freedoms guaranteed under existing international UN and other treaties.


The Arab Center for Social Media Advancement

Africa Freedom of Information Centre

Asia Internet Coalition


The Azure Forum for Contemporary Security Strategy

Big Cloud Consultants

Castroalonso LET

Center for Democracy and Technology

The Centre for Internet and Society

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA)

Cyber Governance and Policy Center
at the University of Oklahoma

Cyber Project at the Belfer Center

Cyber Threat Alliance

CyberPeace Foundation

CyberPeace Institute

Cybersecurity Advisors Network (CyAN)

Cybersecurity Coalition

Cybersecurity Tech Accord

CyberSolace Limited

Cyberspace Cooperation Initiative
at Observer Research Foundation America

Derechos Digitales

Digital Peace Now





Fundación Karisma





Identity Valley

Institute for Security and Technology

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Internet Sans Frontieres

Media Matters for Democracy


Myanmar Center for Responsible Business

Luta Security


Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity
and Internet Governance
Indiana University

Packet Clearing House

Paradigm Initiative

R Street’s Cybersecurity & Emerging Threats

Ranking Digital Rights


Redes Ayuda

Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy
and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)
University of Ottawa

Silverado Policy Accelerator

Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV)

Swiss Digital Initiative

Tech Policy Design Centre
Australian National University

USM Technology


World Wide Web Foundation
via The Contract for the Web

Individuals signing in personal capacity:

Luca Belli
Director of the Center for Technology and Society
at Fundação Getulio Vargas

Vinton G. Cerf
Vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

Fergus Hanson
Director, International Cyber Policy Centre

Katie Moussouris
Founder and CEO, Luta Security

Marc Rogers
Founder, CTI League

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor Emerita of
Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

Cris Thomas
Security Researcher, Space Rogue

Christopher Painter
President of The Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
Foundation, signing in personal capacity.

Eneken Tikk
Cyber Policy Institute

Jokkolabs Banjul

Javvad Malik
Security Professional

Press & Media Queries

For more information about the initiative, please contact the CyberPeace Institute at [email protected]

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