Cyber capacity-building and international security

Authored by: Souhila Amazouz

Routledge Handbook of International Cybersecurity

Print publication date:  February  2020
Online publication date:  January  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138489011
eBook ISBN: 9781351038904
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The rapid advancement of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the enormous transforming power of cyber space has reshaped the international security environment (UNGA, 2013, #6). The security of cyberspace is now at the top of the agenda of all-important international meetings in both bilateral and multilateral discussions. While initiatives are underway both at regional and global levels exploring ways to ensure security and stability of this new strategic space, a special interest is given to state responsibility and accountability in the use of ICTs. For instance, conversations related to the development of international cybersecurity norms and code of conduct in cyberspace started in the United Nations in 1998 when Russia introduced the first draft resolution on the use of ICTs by states in the context of international security. This initiative resulted some years later in the establishment of UN Groups of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (UNGGE) and also paved the way for formal discussions on cyber related issues at the UN General Assembly and also at UN specialized organizations and agencies.

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