Australia's international engagement will seek to shape the design, development and use of cyberspace and critical technologies in line with Australian values. These values are not defined by race or religion, but rather a shared commitment to liberal democratic values including political, economic and religious freedom, the rule of law, racial and gender equality, and mutual respect.
Australia is both a principled and a pragmatic country. While we do not seek to impose our values on others, we believe that where cyberspace and critical technologies are used to uphold and protect liberal democratic values and international law, societies are safer, more secure, enable greater economic growth, and encourage innovation. By seeking to shape international approaches to technology, founded on these values and international law, we will realise their full benefits while protecting against the risks of their misuse to the safety, security and prosperity of Australia, our region and the world.
We will oppose the use of cyberspace and critical technology to interfere with or undermine democratic principles and processes. We will support the promotion and protection of human rights online and through the design, development and use of critical technologies. We will promote the use of cyberspace and critical technologies to advance diversity, gender equality and women's empowerment.
We will cooperate with international partners, multilateral institutions, the private sector, the research community and civil society to achieve these goals.