Infrastructure, Law, and Cyber Stability: An African Case Study

Chesney et al., Cyberspace and Instability (2023)

21 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2021 Last revised: 25 Oct 2023

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Mailyn Fidler

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

Date Written: July 31, 2021

Abstract

Cyber stability for African countries looks different from cyber stability at the global level. Many of the ways that the dominant literature defines cyber stability do not apply to African states. Dominant views of cyber stability tend to center technological and regulatory openness, interoperability, and internationality. For dominant states, these aspects of global integration cultivate stability. For African countries, global integration can bring instability through dependence, and attaining cyber stability can require, at least initially, actions that the global community might view as destabilizing. This chapter challenges dominant conceptions of cyber stability from a subaltern perspective, drawing on my research of African Union member states investments in both cyber infrastructure and cyber law.

Keywords: cyber security, global south, African Union, cyber stability

Suggested Citation

Fidler, Mailyn, Infrastructure, Law, and Cyber Stability: An African Case Study (July 31, 2021). Chesney et al., Cyberspace and Instability (2023), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3897108 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3897108

Mailyn Fidler (Contact Author)

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law ( email )

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