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
Date Written: July 31, 2021
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
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