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The latest issue of “CyberPulse” e-journal July-August, 2015

10.09.2015

MOSCOW, 10 SEPTEMBER, 2015. PIR PRESS — “Just a few months ago in April 2015 the global Conference on Cyberspace didn’t give much optimism to those expecting a unison of voices in favour of an international agreement on norms of state behaviour in cyberspace. Now four months later the UN Group of Governmental Experts — a team of representatives from 20 countries acting voluntarily — have emerged from their fourth session in the past decade with a vision of the minimum norms to be adopted by the states to ensure a more secure digital future. While the resolution stating the agreed measures is clearly a progress and success for the Group at the times of scarce trust and mutual understanding among nations, there are certainly caveats and challenges to these achievements to face and consider in the following months and years,” — Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”.

On September 8, 2015, subscribers of The CyberPulse received the latest issue of the e-journal (No. 4 (16) July-August 2015, in Russian).

The focus of the new issue (in Russian) is the Resolution of the Fourth UN Group of Government Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security, in which 20 countries laid down the first set of norms for behavior in cyberspace.  It was published in August 2015 and has become an important milestone in the process of normalizing government behavior in cyberspace.

Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security,” analyzed the resolution and its implications for the norms building process in cyber.  “While the resolution stating the agreed measures clearly mark a progress and success for the Group at the times of scarce trust and mutual understanding among nations, there are certainly caveats and challenges to these achievements to face and consider in the following months and years,” Alexandra Kulikova proposes.  She emphasizes that the document expresses the group of countries’ intent to work out a minimum collection of measures on which their points of view come together, regardless of the many conceptual contradictions, and draws a parallel with earlier attempts to agree on a code of government behavior.

Alfredo Morelli, a representative of Argentina in the third UN Group of Government Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (active in 2012 and 2013), shared his impressions of this resolution with Cyberpulse (in Russian).  In his opinion, “the process that the UN GGE runs, although it keeps a very important issue on the agenda, doesn’t exert significant influence on the decisions governments make about security.”

From 30 August to 6 September, PIR Center and the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation jointly held XV International School on Global Security. In the new issue of the journal, the results of the school’s Cyberday, a module of lectures and seminars on cyber security and international internet management, are discussed.

In the new issue of Cyberpulse, the reader will also find out about the state of anxiety caused by the latest update of the Windows 10 operating system, its expanded data collection capabilities, and the politics of privacy.  Alexandra Kulikova analyzes the problem of balancing privacy, safety and commercial success, which Microsoft and other IT companies run into nowadays (in Russian).

Analysis by other PIR Center experts is also offered to readers in this issue.

The new issue is available on the PIR Center site.

To subscribe to Cyberpulse for free, all you have to do is register on the site and follow the link.

Please direct all questions about the electronic journal Cyberpulse to PIR Center Program Coordinator “Global Internet Management and International Information Security” Alexandra Kulikova by telephone +7 (495) 987 19 15  or by email kulikova at pircenter.org.

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