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Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center’s Global Internet Governance and International Information Security Program Coordinator, takes part in the 53d ICANN meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 19-24 June.

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The latest issue of "CyberPulse" e-journal May-June, 2015

09.07.2015

MOSCOW, JULY 9, 2015. PIR PRESS. “Protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats as prime targets for attacks in a conflict scenario is a key goal for many governments in the world. The emerging global threats, including those coming from non-governmental actors (e.g. terrorist groups) generate the need for international cooperation in this area. However, the scope of such cooperation remains limited because of current geopolitical situation, uneven technical capacities and different understanding of ‘criticality’ among nation states,” – Alexandra Kulikova, Coordinator of the PIR Center’s Program “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security”.

On July 3, 2015, subscribers of The CyberPulse received the latest issue of the e-journal (No. 3 (15) May- June 2015 in Russian).

The focus of the new issue is the results of the Meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN53) which took place June 20-24 in Buenos Aries, Argentina and was devoted to the transition to the new model of global internet governance. The background of the Conference was the process of transition of the oversight of the Internet’s critical functions from the U.S. Department of Commerce to the global multistakeholder community.

Alexandra Kulikova, Coordinator of the PIR Center’s Program “Global Internet Governance and International Information Security” shared her impressions of the ICANN Meeting in the PIR Center’s blog (in Russian). “To those who have been following the process attentively for a long time, it was apparent that it would take much more time and would not be completed by September 30, 2015. A painstakingly elaborated plan of action is required to reduce the likelihood of bureaucratic delays during its review by the NTIA and American Congress to a minimum. Implementation of the plan after its acceptance will also take some time, so the process still would not be accomplished for a while,” she explains. The scheme prepared and proposed by all three ICANN communities could be interpreted as the perspective structure of oversight of the functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (Post Transition IANA, PTI), which would be stipulated by a new IANA functions contract.  The details of the scheme are still unclear, but Alexandra Kulikova believes that the key institutional elements of the PTI would still remain under the U.S. jurisdiction.

Lawrence Strickling, the Head of NTIA and Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information of the U.S. Department of Commerce on the eve of the opening ceremony made an appeal to the participants of the meeting, in which he outlined a detailed plan and timeframe for the ongoing IANA transition process, and said that as it looks now, it may take another year to be fully accomplished.

In the new issue of The CyberPulse, the subscriber will learn the details of the agreement between China and Russia on international information security, about its strategic importance, and also its potential threat to the economic interests of the US.  Alexandra Kulikova, PIR Center Program Coordinator GIG and IIS, took part in a regional Eurasian seminar at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) in the series “International Law and State Behavior in Cyberspace”, part of the Emerging Security Threats program, which took place in Muscat, Oman, June 3-4, 2015.

During the seminar, participants discussed questions of application of international law in the field of use of ICT, perspectives on the elaboration of a set of norms and rules of responsible behavior in cyberspace for nation states, and also the support of cybersecurity of critical infrastructure. According to Alexandra Kulikova, “Protection of critical infrastructure from cyber threats as prime targets for attacks in a conflict scenario is a key goal for many governments in the world. The emerging global threats, including those coming from non-governmental actors (e.g. terrorist groups) generate the need for international cooperation in this area. However, the scope of such cooperation remains limited because of current geopolitical situation, uneven technical capacities and different understanding of ‘criticality’ among nation states”.

Finally, in the new issue we highlight the expert discussion “Challenges of the Future: an Expert Look at Global Politics in Cyberspace” which was conducted by the PIR Center in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, 2015 in cooperation with partner organizations Centre russe d'études politiques and the Trialogue Club International.  During the event the report “Global Internet Governance and International Security in the Field of the ICT Use: Key Challenges for the World Community” was presented. The report was prepared by the PIR Center’s consultant Oleg Demidov with contributions from members of the Working Group under the PIR Center’s Advisory Board.

The latest issue of The CyberPulse  is available on the PIR Center web-site

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For questions regarding the PIR Center’s “Global Internet governance and International information security” program, please contact the Program Coordinator Alexandra Kulikova by phone: +7 (495) 987 19 15 or by email:  kulikova at pircenter.org.

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