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In 1996, only 36 million people, or about 1 percent of the world's population, used the internet.As the number of users soared after the late '90s, the internet became a vital substrate for economic, social and political interactions. Many observers have called for laws and norms to secure this new environment. Although Moore's law about the doubling of computing power every two years means that cyber time moves quickly, human habits, norms and state practices change more slowly.For starters, given that the internet is a transnational network of networks, most of which are privately owned, non-state actors play a major role. Some norms do exist in cyberspace.Other norm entrepreneurs include Microsoft, which has issued a call for a new Geneva Convention on the internet.As member states contemplate the next steps in the development of cyber norms, the answer may be to avoid putting too much of a burden on any one institution like the UNGGE. What is certain is that the development of cybersecurity norms will be a long process.
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