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“The issues related to information technologies and their impact on social processes both in national politics and in the system of international peace and security never before were analyzed in such detailed and comprehensive way. The range of opinions and estimates is extremely wide ranging from a kind of ‘cyber optimism’ hailing information and communication technologies almost as a panacea to solve key problems accumulated in the economy and the social sphere, to a much more pessimistic view, predicting the imminent death of the internet as we  form we know it today and its fragmentation into national segments and transformation into merely state controlled media outlet", - Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board Mikhail Yakushev in his editorial in a thematic issue of Security Index journal. 


«Taking into consideration current peculiarities of Chinese architecture of the Global Net, the whole problematique of the Dubai conference could easily turn out to be irrelevant for Beijing. The country already copes with successful development of national internet segment without any influence by the ITU and with gradually decreasing impact by ICANN. Thus, it’s quite premature to regard China by default as a mighty ally of Russia when it comes to transforming the global architecture of the internet” – Michael Yakushev, Chair of PIR Center Executive Board.


“We are thinking about how the potential of modern open source information technologies including online geolocation services and social networks could be applied to enhance international cooperation, strengthen confidence-building measures and improve quality of monitoring in the field of arms control,” – U.S. Under Secretary Rose Gottemoeller.


«From my point of view the internet is such a domain that does not tolerate any defensive approach. Russia does need a proactive strategy in this sphere. There is no sense in taking up perimeter defense – we need to press, to develop our own advanced cyber capabilities and launch cybertechnology projects backed by substantial state funding and top attention of government agencies», - Andrey Kolesnikov, Director of the Coordination Center for Top-Level Domain .RU.


“The agenda of the international forums should include the development of an international ecosystem of identification in cyberspace. The system should ensure mutual recognition of different types of identifiers for internet users, operators of internet services, and owners of internet resources, regardless of their physical location”, – the Group Vice-President, Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board Mikhail Yakushev.


“In Uzbekistan, a documentary film about the negative effects of social networks, such as Facebook, Odnoklassniki, and other similar resources has been shot. In the movie, social media were compared to machine guns and nuclear bombs. The main message of the film is that social networks are a new type of the weapons of mass destruction. But, I do not think that with fast developing information technologies it is possible to block, ban or censor them as it was possible during the times of the former Soviet Union” -  PIR Center International Expert Group member, independent political analyst, Farhad Tolipov.


«Nuclear and information technologies have become tightly interconnected. Civil nuclear infrastructure is becoming unprecedentedly vulnerable to cyber threats. Information technologies make impact on strategic positions of a nation state in the world. They also can be useful for tackling new challenges in the field of nonproliferation. In its turn, the experience of nuclear nonproliferation and arms control regimes would be useful for decision making in the field of international regulation of cyberspace», - PIR Center intern Maxim Simonenko.


“It was my first time to participate in PIR Center's Summer School and I was pleasantly surprised by high level of its participants. I think that in the future it will be advisable to use Summer School potential not only for discussion of topical issues of international security but also for decision-making process. Participants of the Summer School are able to make a valuable contribution to the discussion of strategic policy documents and policy proposals in security area. I send my sincere congratulations to the organizers of the Summer School and wish them success in the future!” – Elena Volchinskaya, Program Director of Infoforum, former Principal Adviser, Office of the Committee for Security of the Russian State Duma.


"Political component of the problem of super viruses cannot be solved by neglecting it. Exactly at the same extent, as it is impossible to prove the US-Israeli authorship of Stuxnet and Flame; it is not possible to blot out the ground for such suspicions from the minds of Iranian leadership. Each new case of identifying malicious code in Iranian system is doomed to be not less irritant and a generator of distrust for the Ayatollahs' regime than a magnetic bomb attached to the car of Iranian nuclear scientist, no matter who is behind this,"- PIR Center Junior Research Fellow Oleg Demidov.