The Geneva Conventions

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The Geneva Conventions


The Geneva Conventions were four conventions across the decades aimed at developing international humanitarian law (IHL). The Geneva Conventions have been added to throughout the years in order to regulate the conduct of armed conflict.

The first Geneva Convention focuses on protecting wounded or sick soldiers. The second is to protect navy personnel while the third applies to prisoners of war. The fourth and last Geneva Convention protects civilians. The last Geneva Convention was held in 2005 to add protocol to the existing conventions. For a more detailed summary, go here. 

While the first Geneva Convention was in 1949, protocol is continuously added. The last Geneva Conventions aim to protect citizens, which is one of the main government and military reasons for increased cybersecurity. 




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"The Geneva Conventions ," in Cyberwar Resources Guide, Item #200, (accessed August 7, 2022).