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UN backs Russia on internet convention, alarming online rights advocates

The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020.

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The United Nations approves a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime.

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The United Nations on Friday approved a Russian-led bid that aims to create a new convention on cybercrime, alarming rights groups and Western powers that fear a bid to restrict online freedom.

The General Assembly approved the resolution sponsored by Russia and backed by China, which would set up a committee of international experts in 2020.

The panel will work to set up "a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes," the resolution said.

The United States, European powers and rights groups fear that the language is code for legitimizing crackdowns on expression, with numerous

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First Published: Dec 28 2019 | 10:12 AM IST

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