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Cyber Issues to Watch in 2023

Editors Opinions

While key developments such as the conclusion of the Ad Hoc Committee on cybercrime are expected to take place in 2023, other trends are likely to emerge in the debates around cyber issues in the coming months. Four of our Directions Blog contributing editors explain which global and regional trends – namely in Africa, the Indo-Pacific, and Latin America – …

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Top 5 Cyber Policy Articles to Read For 2023

Editors Opinions

The past year has been a busy one for cyber and digital diplomacy. Discussions by the UN Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime and the UN Open-ended Working Group on responsible state behaviour in cyberspace have advanced global debate on these issues and have included much more participation from the Global South. However, decisions about the participation of non-governmental stakeholders left …

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Europe’s Risky Plan for the Internet

Konstantinos Komaitis Opinions

Over the past few months, the European Commission, along with European telecommunication providers, have reignited an old debate about the way traffic is meant to flow through the internet. Premised under the decade-old idea of the ‘Sending Party Network Pays’ (SPNP) model, the intention is to require content providers to pay telecom operators for the traffic they carry on their …

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Estado del arte de la protección de datos en Argentina

Daniel Monastersky Opinions

La ley 25.326 con más de 20 años de vigencia, convirtió a Argentina en un país pionero en la región en la protección de  datos personales. Tras un largo camino recorrido en virtud del desarrollo progresivo de la temática, de los nuevos estándares establecidos por las comunidades de países y a la luz de los desafíos que se presentan en …

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A Path to Progress at the UN Cybersecurity Forum

Alexandra Paulus Opinions

Cybersecurity is a matter of international security. Recent incidents with implications for international security include ransomware operations conducted by groups with ties to a foreign government military intelligence service against Costa Rican government services and operations against the communication services used by the Ukrainian military conducted by Russian cyber threat actors. These developments make cyber diplomacy more relevant, but also …

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How Does War in Ukraine Impact the EU’s Digital Sovereignty?

Editors Opinions

The Russian war against Ukraine is changing the understanding of what it means to be sovereign in the digital domain. Technology is being deployed and shaped by both sides to transcend traditional dividing lines and change the terms of conflict. To become strategically autonomous, Europe must learn this new topography and ways to navigate it. Only then may Europe mitigate …

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Are Internet Sanctions a Good Idea?

Editors Opinions

Shortly after the Russian Federation launched its invasion of Ukraine, the government of Ukraine made several public calls for support, including pleas for the global internet governance bodies – ICANN and the RIPE NCC – to restrict Russia’s access to and use of the Domain Names System (DNS) and de-register the Internet Protocol (IP) address resources of Russian network operators. …

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Three Pivots Towards Digital Inclusion

Natalie Pang Opinions

While the pandemic has created a new awareness of the importance of digital inclusion, we need to expand the conversation beyond accessibility and literacy and towards human-centric strategies to combat newer forms of biases and gaps. Current discussions about digital inclusion need to take into account three elements in particular: smart technology bias, data citizenship and platform cooperativism. If there’s …

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Incorporating Cybersecurity into EU Policy Formation

Paddy McGuinness Opinions

As the EU strives to strengthen its cyber resilience, it becomes ever more important for its institutions to have coherent advice on the cybersecurity implications of legislative and regulatory decisions. Current practice, including in the context of the Digital Market Act (DMA), suggests action is needed to establish a policy-agnostic technical mechanism to generate such advice, develop important partnerships and …