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12.05.2015

"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.

16.04.2015

“Attempts to have lethal robots operate in fully autonomous mode are unacceptable today, as current technology lacks the ability to accurately conform to the nuanced, context-dependent laws of targeting. However, we may eventually be capable of and compelled to use LARs in specific operational theatres. Thus, a timely dialogue and international consensus on their future is essential. However, an absolute ban on LARs, as advocated by such groups as Human Rights Watch and the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, appears to be premature for the moment,” – Elliot Serbin, Intern at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. 


06.03.2015

«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.

02.03.2015

«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.

26.12.2014

“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.

22.10.2014

“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.


22.08.2014

“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.


10.04.2014

“It’s probably the first time when such a high quality and up-to-date research on cybersecurity issues is published in Russian. Of particular value is the collection of a large quantity of Russian and international documents in this field. I strongly recommend reading it, and many thanks to the authors!” - Mikhail Medrish, Chairman of the Board of Coordination Center for Top Level Domains .RU/.РФ.

02.04.2014

“PIR Center’s Training Course stands out first of all by remarkably high level of professional background of the participants, organizers, and of course, the instructors. The sessions were distinguished by their intellectuality, informative materials, and practical usefulness. Not only such programs are very effective in dissemination of knowledge, but they also are perfect for launching of a real dialogue between young experts, establishing new professional contacts and generating new ideas”, - Vardan Atoyan, Director of National Security Program at the Amberd Research Center, Armenian State Economic University, Yerevan, Armenia.



20.02.2014

“Although Congress continues to debate, international agreements continue to flail and many questions still remain, including even a general definition of cybersecurity, the reality holds that in terms of executive effort, the United States is doing more than ever before to protect its critical infrastructure, develop cyber defensive and offensive protocols, and aim for superiority in the cyber domain, with or without the blessing of Congress or international allies,” – PIR Center expert Derek Johanson for Security Index journal.

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