Confidence-building measures in cyberspace

New applications for an old concept

Authored by: Paul Meyer

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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In considering the current international discussion concerning state conduct in cyberspace the concept of confidence-building measures (CBMs) is frequently invoked. International institutions like people are often most comfortable with ideas or practices that have been in their purview for some time. Leading multilateral inter-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations at the global level, as well as regional organizations, notably the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), have considerable experience with CBMs in the context of international security and it is not surprising that they have had recourse to them in addressing radically new forms of problematic state behaviour in the cyber sphere.

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