India and Australia condemned attempts to use cyberspace and cyber-enabled technologies to undermine international peace and stability as they reaffirmed their commitment to an open, secure, free, peaceful and interoperable cyberspace and technologies that adhere to international law. A joint statement issued after the talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne said.

What

  1. The two ministers recognised cooperation in the areas of cyber governance, cyber security, capacity building, innovation, digital economy, and cyber and critical technologies as an essential pillar of the India-Australia relationship.
  2. The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to an open, secure, free, accessible, stable, peaceful, and interoperable cyberspace and technologies that adhere to international law.
  3. Both ministers reiterated the importance of diversity, gender equality and women's empowerment in the design, development and use of cyberspace and technologies.
  4. They reiterated their commitment to secure, resilient and trusted technology and agreed to work together to address the significant threat of malicious cyber activity by state and non-state actors.
  5. They acknowledged the importance of the security and resilience of telecommunications networks and the need to work closely with each other to protect next generation telecommunications networks, including 5G and 6G.
  6. They emphasised the way in which technology is designed, developed, governed and used should be informed by the shared democratic values and respect for human rights.
  7. The Centre of Excellence for Critical and Emerging Technology Policy, to be located in Bengaluru India, demonstrates both countries' long-term commitment to bilateral cooperation in cyber and critical technologies.
  8. The next India-Australia Foreign Ministers' Cyber Framework Dialogue will take place in 2023.