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"Today, among the member countries of the BRICS there are no strong channels of communication on Internet governance issues, both at the governmental  and expert level. The coming summit in Ufa may become a milestone in the formation of a common position on Internet governance among BRICS countries. However, due to significant differences in the positions of countries and the lack of time for their congruence, the outcome of the summit can solely be a framework document confirming the position already fixed in the Fortaleza Declaration"- PIR Center  intern Ilona Stadnik.


"There is a general understanding of the need for norms in cyberspace. However, any close-up discussion stumbles against differing views on what exactly these norms should be”, says Alexandra Kulikova, Coordinator of the PIR Center Program “Global Internet Governance and International information Security”, commenting on the Global Conference on Cyberspace in the Hague to Kommersant newspaper.


«The problem that has emerged with the revelations around the Equation Group could be an almost existential one for cyberspace. The proven and widely publicized case of successful firmware infection with such functionality poses uncomfortable questions about the reliability of existing cybersecurity models especially in the context of critical infrastructure objects. It seems the tech community might not yet have fully grasped the trust vacuum, and it will certainly take some time to see an articulated policy response» – PIR Center’s “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova.


«One of the key points of the 52nd ICANN Meeting agenda was the discussion of possible scenarios of IANA functions transition from National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the U.S. Department of Commerce to the internet community. As no consensus was reached that would take into account views of all concerned stakeholders, many experts doubt that the task can be fulfilled before the contract between NTIA and ICANN expires in September 2015. The fate of the contract will be clarified during the ICANN June meeting in Buenos-Aires” – PIR Center’s “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” program coordinator Alexandra Kulikova.


“2014 has marked significant changes in the Russian approach to Internet governance and regulation in the Internet sector. The issue of securing unhampered functioning of the Russian internet segment in case the global DNS system is affected was in focus of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Communications and other state bodies. It is impossible to overlook the trend of intensifying cooperation with China on the issues of setting up a secure and resilient infrastructure within national segments of the Internet”, – Oleg Demidov, Program Director “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” at PIR Center.


“The CyberModule classes at the PIR Center International School gave me a powerful professional boost and allowed me to become acquainted with leading Russian information security and internet governance experts.  I especially anticipated lectures with focus on the Runet regulation, analysis of identification on the internet and other topics; such lectures fully lived up to all expectations. I awant to note the importance of the debates and other interactive exercises, which give impetus to further independent study of these issues,” – Olga Bogdanovich, Ph.D. student in the department of Russian, Slavic and General Linguistics at Taurida National V.I.Vernadsky University.


“The Internet Governance Forum has established itself as a non-biased and convenient multistakeholder mechanism. However today it needs a mainstream direction for the organized and scheduled process aimed at resolution of the key problems in this field.  Since the adoption of the Brazilian national law on the Internet – Marco Civil – in April 2014, the discussion has been going on concerning the feasibility of elaboration of a global act on the principles of the internet governance. In case if the IGF mechanism is strengthened and updated, it could take on such work”, - Director of the PIR Center Program “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance” Oleg Demidov.  


“The updated version of the CyberPulse is a topical and a valuable electronic edition focused equally on the professionals and general audience. Such e-journal appears to be in a high demand for the public authorities that are in charge of the issues related to information security and internet governance. I wish the PIR Center’s team success in further development of this project!” – the Head of the Strategic Solutions Department at the Russian Association of Electronic Communications (RAEC) Irina Levova.


“As a result of the current Ukrainian crisis Budapest Memorandum of 1994 – Memorandum of non-nuclear status of Ukraine and security guarantees in connection with the accession of the country to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, signed between Ukraine and the USA, Russia and Britain – remained nothing more than a piece of paper with no value. Proliferation risks are increasing, especially for the so-called threshold countries”, - Member, Royal Institute of International Relations, journalist Konstantin von Eggert.


«It might make sense to provide for a clear division of functions with regard to IANA operation. Namely, policy making functions should be separated from technical and administrative functions, with oversight of such functions to be set by stakeholders’ consensus and resided to dedicated organizations. In case of success this approach could foster depoliticization of critical internet functions», – Oleg Demidov, Program Director, “International Information Security and Global Internet Governance”, PIR-Center.