Exploring the Complexity of Cyberspace Governance: State Sovereignty, Multi-stakeholderism, and Power Politics

Abstract:

Cyberspace is a socio-political and technological domain with unique characteristics. Its decentralized nature and the fact that it is mostly owned and managed by the private sector raise a number of questions regarding the most effective model of governance. Viewing cyberspace as a global commons, balancing between state sovereignty and the fragmentation of cyberspace, and debating between multilateralism and multi-stakeholderism makes discussions of cyberspace governance quite complex. The cases of ITU, ICANN, IGF, UN GGE, and NETmundial raise issues of legitimacy and accountability and offer a pragmatic insight into the power politics of cyberspace


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Department of International and European Studies
University of Piraeus, Greece

Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Piraeus, Greece, in the Department of International and European Studies. He also teaches in the Joint Staff War College, the Joint Military Intelligence College, the National Security College, the Air War College, and the Naval Staff Command College. His research interests include international security, intelligence reform, strategy, military transformation, foreign policy analysis, cyber security, and Greek security policy. Dr. Liaropoulos is also a senior analyst in the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) and the assistant editor of the Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI).

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