Convention on Ethical Regulations for Cyber Entities
Agenda: Universal Content Moderation and Data Laws
January 1st, 1983 - a historic day for technology as the foundation of the internet was laid. The culmination of the information superhighway changed the way people researched, communicated, purchased and much more. Over the years, the importance of the internet has grown and is controlling almost every aspect of our lives.
However, its advancement brings along with it multiple complications and problems. From content inducing violence to money laundering frauds, the internet has it all.
The recent insurrection of The US Capitol highlights the influence of mass media over the people and how the internet can cause violent protests. Apart from the internet being used personally, it allegedly played a large role in Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory as the Russians accessed crucial voter information.
The growing influence of the cybersphere has exposed many flaws in the working of governments across the world which has caused havoc in the respective countries resulting in the curtailment of freedom of speech in countries like China. We see how global social media platforms are not permitted in China as the content there is strictly monitored by the government and thus the government only permits state applications such as ‘We Chat’. On the other hand, some countries have almost no influence over the content distributed in the digital world.
Technological conglomerates like Tencent and Facebook are the nucleus and the epicentre of the World Wide Web (W3), without which, the Convention on Ethical Regulations for Cyber Entities (CERCE) and the digital sphere would be meaningless. These conglomerates own many social media platforms and try to moderate their content; however, there are no universal regulations on the content seen on such applications. False propaganda and defamation are daily visitors to such platforms and the entities do not have regulations strict enough to moderate such content.
The present and future of the world revolve around the internet and what it has to offer. Keeping this in mind, the formation of unambiguous universal laws and content moderation for the appropriate use of the internet is the aim of this session of the Convention on Ethical Regulations for Cyber Entities.
Letter from the Director
The internet has quickly become one of the most formidable forces of the 21st century. From breaking down the barriers that once stood between different cultures to making humans more informed than ever - it has drastically changed the way we absorb information and form opinions. Technology has been a powerful tool in giving humans a voice. However, the misuse of this power has led to chaos ensuing all over the world, and poses a much larger threat to society as we know it.
The lack of regulation and control over the cyber-sphere has led to the abuse of power by companies and individuals who misuse information for personal or political gains. In light of Donald Trump's recent Twitter frenzy post the Capitol Insurrection, important questions must be asked: should such abuse over the digital sphere be allowed? What laws are in place to prevent this abuse, and are they enough?
It is your job as delegates representing various nations and companies to work towards a common consensus on creating a solid framework of data laws that will overview topics such as universal content moderation and punitive measures that can be taken over abuse of power in the cyber-sphere. I, as your director, along with my talented Executive Board, will challenge you over the course of three days to create out-of-the-box yet viable solutions that can be implemented to change the framework of how data is presented to the world and how we consume it.
A little information about me, I'm a Grade 12 IB Student with a love for English, Indian History, Math, and Politics. When I'm not trying to meet my IA and EE deadlines, I'm usually playing the piano, spending time at Marine Drive, watching 'The Good Place', or having an existential crisis (you would think I'm kidding... I wish). But probably one of the most important things you should know about me is my love for film and music, so I hope we can have great conversations about Wes Anderson, Bette Davis, The Zombies, Old Hollywood etc. It'll probably be the best way for you to win me over. Okay, I'm just kidding about that... the best way to win me over is through a comprehensive resolution (I'm talking about sub-clauses to the 6th degree).
This will be my fifth CMUN and second as a member of the Executive Board. Although slightly bittersweet, I'm excited to watch the lively debate and chaos ensue during committee - because that's what makes a GA so memorable. I expect all delegates to be well researched and ready for any challenges that the EB may throw at them. But most of all, I look forward to seeing constructive and diplomatic conversation in committee and delegates who are genuinely passionate about solving world issues rather than winning an award.
My biggest hope as Director is that all of you will come out of this experience a little less scared and a little more confident - as that is what Model UN has done for me. I hope to see you leave CMUN with a better understanding of the world you live in and equipped with the drive to impact it in any way you can. So, step into this committee with your best foot forward, with the goal of conducting yourself diplomatically, lobbying with other delegates to come to a common consensus, devising comprehensive resolutions (words cannot even emphasise how much I value this), and improving as a MUNer by the end of it.
Convention on Ethical Regulations for Cyber Entities