Inside the Global Drive for Cyber Peace

47 Pages Posted: 11 May 2020

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Scott Shackelford

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Law; Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs; Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; Stanford Center for Internet and Society; Stanford Law School

Date Written: April 15, 2020

Abstract

Too often, the international community is focused on responding to the latest cyber attack, disinformation campaign, or escalation. From ranswomware afflicting the City of Baltimore to state-sponsored campaigns targeting electrical grids in Ukraine and the United States, we seem to have relatively little bandwidth left over for asking the big questions, including: what is the best we can hope for in terms of “peace” on the Internet, and how might we be able to get there? More broadly, what are the long-term implications for such pervasive cyber insecurity across the public and private sectors, and how might they be curtailed? This Article dives into the history and evolution of cyber peace, including an analysis of lessons from analogous contexts such as U.N. peacekeeping efforts and the Digital Blue Helmets Initiative. These findings are then contextualized by reviewing recent efforts aimed at promoting cyber peace, including the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, the Christ Church Call, U.N.-centered norm building efforts such as through the Group of Government Experts, Global Commission on Cyber Stability, and the Digital Geneva Convention. These efforts are conceptualized within a polycentric framework, emphasizing practical implications for practitioners and policymakers.

Keywords: cyber peace, cybersecurity, cyber attack, Internet governance, polycentric, sustainable development

Suggested Citation

Shackelford, Scott J., Inside the Global Drive for Cyber Peace (April 15, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3577161 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3577161

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