Cybersecurity · Information operations

GCIG: Cyber Security in a Volatile World

GCIG Research Volume Five

Series: GCIG Research Volumes



The global digital economy, democracy and the public sphere now completely depend upon the stability and security of cyberspace. Encryption technologies are necessary to protect data privacy, authenticate websites and secure online transactions. Security problems such as consumer data breaches and denial-of-service attacks disrupt the digital economy and the public sphere and can also have chilling effects on speech and online behaviour. As everyday physical objects from cars to home appliances increasingly become Internet-connected, human safety in the real world also depends upon cyber security. Trust in digital infrastructure is now necessary for the capacity to communicate, access knowledge, use one’s banking system, drive a car and buy products through online commerce sites. Democracy also depends upon cyber security, considering the stunning admission by US intelligence agencies about Russia’s influence campaign, probing of voter rolls and hacking of Democratic National Committee emails during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Cyber security is not only an issue for “Internet users” but for all citizens and one of the great human rights issues of our time. The researchers gathered in this volume identify a wide swath of contemporary cyber security challenges and policy recommendations for providing the necessary cyber stability and security to sustain the digital economy and protect the day-to-day dependencies on cyberspace.

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