International Red Cross proposes digital red cross/crescent emblem to signal protection in cyberspace

From the IRC:

Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is seeking the support of states around the world to create a ‘digital red cross/crescent emblem’ that could make it clear to militaries and other hackers that they have entered the computer systems of medical facilities or Red Cross offices.

The proposed digital emblem would signal to anyone trying to enter or attack those computer systems that the systems and data they hold are protected from any harm under international humanitarian law in times of armed conflict.

Following extensive research, the ICRC on 3 November launched a new report titled Digitalizing the Red Cross, Red Crescent, and Red Crystal emblems, that the proposed digital Red Cross emblem would bring protections and advantages for the digital infrastructure of medical and Red Cross offices.

The ICRC calls on states, members of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and IT experts from the medical, humanitarian, military, and security fields to join forces and develop concrete ways to protect medical and humanitarian services from digital harm during armed conflict.

Read more about their proposal at IRC.

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