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Transnational governance of cybersecurity: policy challenges and global inequalities in cyber capacity building

Calderaro, Andrea and Craig, Anthony J. S. 2020. Transnational governance of cybersecurity: policy challenges and global inequalities in cyber capacity building. Third World Quarterly 41 (6) , pp. 917-938. 10.1080/01436597.2020.1729729

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Connectivity infrastructure is constantly expanding, increasing internet access across countries, regions and socio-political contexts. Given the fast changing geography of the internet, there is a growing demand to strengthen cyber capacity beyond national frameworks, in order to develop a transnationally coherent and coordinated governance approach to cybersecurity. In this context, cyber capacity building initiatives are increasingly central in international debates, with the ambition to support countries in the global south in fostering their cybersecurity strategy from technical and policy perspectives. This article discusses the key factors explaining states’ efforts to enhance their cyber capacity. Based on a cross-national quantitative research approach, the findings contradict IR derived approaches to cybersecurity, which assume that countries develop their cyber capacity according to external security threats, domestic politics, or norms. In line with existing research on the role that science play in policymaking processes more broadly, our results suggest instead that a country’s science and technical knowledge is the most robust explanation for states’ cyber capacity levels. These findings emphasise the need for policymakers to support countries in the global south in developing their cyber capacity beyond national security paradigms by further strengthen education and technical skills in contexts lacking in this resource.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Department of Politics and International Relations (POLIR)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cybersecurity, Global South, Cyber Capacity Building, Transnational Governance, Scientific Knowledge, Digital Divide
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0143-6597
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 February 2020
Date of Acceptance: 11 February 2020
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2021 12:13

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