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Vice President Kamala Harris and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, France, on Wednesday. Photo: Antoine Gyori/Corbis via Getty Images

The U.S. is now part of an international agreement on cybersecurity that the Trump administration declined to sign up for, Vice President Kamala Harris announced in Paris Wednesday.

Why it matters: 80 countries, along with hundreds of tech companies — including Microsoft and Google — nonprofits and universities have signed the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, established in 2018 to create international norms and laws for cybersecurity and warfare.

Details: The U.S. support of the voluntary Paris Call reflects the Biden administration's "priority to renew and strengthen America's engagement with the international community on cyber issues," per a White House statement.

  • It builds on U.S. efforts to improve cybersecurity for citizens and businesses, the statement continued.
  • This includes "rallying G7 countries to hold accountable nations that harbor cyber criminals, supporting the update of NATO cyber policy for the first time in seven years, and the recent counter-ransomware engagement with over 30 countries around the world to accelerate international cooperation to combat cybercrime."

Of note: The Biden administration announced last month plans to create a bureau of cyberspace and digital policy and a new envoy to oversee critical and emerging technology, pending congressional approval.

The big picture: The Paris Call commitment followed Harris' meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Wednesday.

  • During the meeting, they also "agreed to establish a U.S.-France Comprehensive Dialogue on Space to enhance civil, commercial, and national security space cooperation," Harris' senior adviser and chief spokesperson Symone Sanders said in a statement.

Between the lines: Relations had become strained between the Biden administration and the French government over the U.S.-U.K. submarine deal with Australia, which saw the Southern Hemisphere country scrap a $90 billion submarine deal with France.

  • But President Biden smoothed things over with Macron during a meeting in Rome, where he described the submarine deal announcement as "clumsy."

What they're saying: Macron said during a joint news conference with Harris that his "fruitful" meeting with Biden "paved the way for the coming weeks, months and ... years," per the New York Times.

  • "We were just discussing about the fact that we do share the view that we are at the beginning of a new era, and our cooperation is absolutely critical for this one," he said of his talks with Harris.
  • The vice president added: "I do believe, and I think we share this belief, that we are at the beginning of a new era, which presents us with many challenges, but also many opportunities."

Go deeper: The pandemic has unleashed a cyber crime wave

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Spending on Cyber Monday falls 1.4%

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

The verdict is in on Cyber Monday — the biggest online shopping day of the year — and consumers rendered a split decision. Spending for the day slid 1.4% versus 2020, according to the Adobe Digital Economy Index, as shoppers clicked less, but overall spending is up.

Why it matters: Supply chain disruption, pent-up pandemic demand and routines shaken up by remote work have all changed shopping habits. Industry observers say the way consumers shop now is another step in the transition to a new normal in retail.

Supreme Court appears likely to roll back abortion rights

Abortion rights advocates and anti-abortion protesters demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 1. Photo: Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps to let states ban the procedure altogether.

The intrigue: The court seemed likely to throw out the framework established in Roe v. Wade, but it wasn't clear whether a majority of the justices were inclined to overturn the court's precedents entirely.

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How to meme a painting

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

How can a physical artwork become an NFT? One new company has just spent $12.9 million on a Banksy in an attempt to try out a new way of converting the real into the virtual.

Why it matters: The art market globally sees volume of about $60 billion per year, almost all of which is trade in physical objects. Art-world insiders including former Christie's c0-chair Loïc Gouzer are on the lookout for ways to monetize physical paintings without necessarily giving up physical ownership of them.