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Feb 27
14:00 - 15:00
Cyberspace and International Relations: the intersection between policy and technology
Invited talk by Dr Luigi Martino, University of Florence, Italy

This is a joint event co-organised by the Kent Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Cyber Security (KirCCS) and School of Politics and International Relations on a highly interdisciplinary topic between cyber technologies and international relations.


Cyberspace has become a crucial element for political, social, financial and individual activities. The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have enhanced the human interactions and have contributed to "reinvent" classical concepts such as political participation, political debate, decision-making. However, their all-encom- passing, ubiquitous nature and their growing use for political and military purposes poses significant risks to international peace, stability and security. The low barrier of access to ICT capabilities, the speed of technological advances and the complexity of the cyberspace environment with regard to traditional legal definitions of borders have presented new challenges to States (the main actors of international relations) such as the inherent complexity of accurately attributing cyber-attacks. It is both this complexity and the frequent insistence of parties to attribute cyber-attacks and incidents "beyond a reasonable doubt" that gives one the ability to deny responsibility and frustrate attempts to build trust and political rapport in cyberspace. The purpose of this talk is to analyze how cyberspace affects the international politics and how to address and approach the existing intersection between policy and technology. The nature of the topic dictates the use of qualitative analysis of primary and secondary sources such as official reports, declarations and policy documents, and academic analysis, in order to understand effects and dynamics carried out by the cyber domain on classical concepts such as war, peace and international relations. The main idea of this seminar talk is that the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and the related (r)evolution of warfare have produced relevant effects on the dynamics of the contemporary international system highlighting, at the same time, how the militarization of the cyber domain has posed consequences on international security, peace and stability. However, the lack of specific research related to "cyberspace's effects on international politics" highlights the need to devote more attention on this topic bearing in mind that, more extensive and enduring analysis on cyberspace's dynamics might allowed policy makers the opportunity to improve awareness related to cyber threats in order to governing challenges emerging from the digital sphere.


Luigi Martino, head of the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies, a specialized observatory of the CSSII at the Department of Political Science (University of Florence). Currently, Luigi is teaching ICT Policies and Cyber Security and he is Visiting Research Fellow at the UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP). He is Consultant of Italian MoFA for "cyber issues" and he is Member of the Delegation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the G7 Ise-Shima Cyber Group. He holds the MA in IR with a focus on the Strategic Relevance of Cyberspace and the Risks of Cyber Warfare. He is a member of the Research Advisory Group of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace and member of the experts group ENISA for the implementation of the European Directive NIS. Since 2017, he is a member of the Forum for Cyber Expertise, representing the Center for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies. Author of many publications in Italian, English and Spanish on cyber security, cyber warfare, cyber intelligence and cyber diplomacy. On Twitter is @mrtlgu


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