Cyberspace has become the ultimate frontier and central issue of international conflict, geopolitical competition, and security. Emerging threats and technologies continuously challenge the prospect of an open, secure, and free cyberspace. Additionally, the rising influence of technology on society and culture increasingly pushes international diplomacy to establish responsible state behavior in cyberspace and internet governance against the backdrop of fragmentation and polarization. In this context, novel normative practices and actors are emerging both inside and outside the conventional sites of international diplomacy and global governance.
In Hybridity, Conflict, and the Global Politics of Cybersecurity, Fabio Cristiano and Bibi van den Berg explore the hybridity and conflict inherent to these recent processes of remodulation of the global politics of cybersecurity by analyzing emerging normative practices, threats and technologies, and actors. Through this comprehensive analysis, this edited volume ultimately sheds light on the problematic technical logic of emergence that informs the global politics of cybersecurity and delineates novel normative paths for cyberspace moving forward.
Fabio Cristiano is assistant professor in conflict studies at Utrecht University and associate fellow of The Hague Program on International Cyber Security. He has coedited the volume Artificial Intelligence and International Conflict in Cyberspace (2023).
Bibi van den Berg is professor of cybersecurity governance at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University. She is head of the cybersecurity governance research group and initiated The Hague Program for Cyber Norms. She has coedited Governing Cyberspace: Behavior, Power, and Diplomacy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020).
Chapter 1: Hybridity and Conflict in Cyberspace: Rethinking the Emergent Character of International Cybersecurity by Fabio Cristiano & Bibi van den Berg
Part I: Emerging Normative Practices
Chapter 2: The New Era of Internet Governance: Technical Fragmentation and Digital Sovereignty Entanglements by Roxana Radu & Giovanni De Gregorio
Chapter 3: Is International Law Fading Away in State Practice on Cyber Operations? by François Delerue
Chapter 4: The Hybrid Role of the Big Tech Companies and the Impact of Courts on the Making of Cyber Norms by Jan Martin Lemnitzer
Part II: Emerging Threats and Technologies
Chapter 5: Disinformation Campaigns and Norms of Emergency Communication in Cyberspace by Taylor Grossman
Chapter 6: Influence Operations in Cyberspace: How They Really Work by Peter Pijpers & Paul Ducheine
Chapter 7: The Challenges Associated with AI’s Military Innovation: Examining Practitioner Perspectives in the United Kingdom by Amy Ertan
Part III: Emerging Actors
Chapter 8: The European Normative Venture for ‘Technological Sovereignty’ in Cyberspace by Cedric Amon
Chapter 9: Views From the Middle: Analysing the Positions of India, Indonesia, and South Africa on Cybersecurity at the UN OEWG by Irene Poetranto, Josh Gold, & Justin Lau
Chapter 10: Will India Negotiate? The Politics of Multilateral Engagement for Fostering Responsible State Behaviour in Cyberspace by Arindrajit Basu & Karthik Nachiappan
Chapter 11: The Hybrid Place: Civil Society in the Open-Ended Working Group by André Barrinha & Louise Marie Hurel
About the Editors and Contributors
Insightful and empirically rich, this impressive volume unpicks the complex interplay of politics, institutions, and values in the making and remaking of global cybersecurity. Its attention to hybrid forms of governance is an important contribution to understanding the politics of technology in the digital 21st century.
Publication in open access of the book Hybridity, Conflict, and the Global Politics of Cybersecurity, edited by Fabio Cristiano and Bibi van den Berg is financed from the funds of Leiden University. VIEW & DOWNLOAD