China on Thursday called for the development of a comprehensive set of “traffic rules” for the “information highway,” adding that “the United Nations is the most appropriate forum for the formulation of such norms and rules.”
The statement came as Wang Qun, the Chinese ambassador for disarmament affairs, was addressing the First Committee of the UN General Assembly on information and cyberspace security. The First Committee is in charge of disarmament and international security.
“In this information age, ‘information highway’ has reached almost all corners of our planet,” Wang said. “It is worrisome, however, that in this virtual space where traffic is very heavy, there is, hitherto, no comprehensive ‘traffic rule.'”
“As a result, ‘traffic accidents’ in information and cyber space constantly occur with ever increasing damage and impact,” he said. “Therefore, the development of international norms and rules guiding the activities in information and cyber space has become an urgent task in maintaining information and cyberspace security of various countries.”