“One of key issues concerning the Internet governance is who and on what grounds has a right to take fundamental decisions in respect of the Web. Such decisions always prove to have far-reaching social, legal, economic and, consequently, political outcomes”.
Chairman of the PIR Center Executive Board Mikhail Yakushev
Modern Information Threats
Today’s issues of international information security and global internet governance came to the forefront of international security challenges. Thus, the damage of Iranian nuclear infrastructure objects by Stuxnet worm was marked by both Russian and American experts as one of the most prominent events in the list of challenges to international security. Besides, documents uploaded to the WikiLeaks website are still biasing notably domestic and international political dynamics in a number of regions across the world.
Progress in development and implementation of advanced information and communication technologies puts on the table the challenge of assessment of threats arising due to probable use of such technologies in aims inconsistent with the goal of providing international security and stability both in civil and military spheres.
International Information Security Project
PIR Center presumes that conducting analysis of these threats in the context of objective dualism, inherent to the global role of ICT, has become an urgent task essential for finding solutions within Russia as well as for determining priorities of international cooperation.
Despite the cutting-edge nature of issues within the framework of the Prtoject PIR Center launched research in the field of information security and global internet governance in the end of 1990s when these issues just started to evolve in Russia's security agenda. Thus PIR Center became a pioneer in this field; in 2001 a collective monography Information Challenges to National and International Security (in Russian) was published, for the first time in Russia presenting a comprehensive scientific and analytical review of the issues of information security. As a part of presentation of the volume PIR Center conducted a press conference at the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Also, a number of research articles were published in the Russian edition of Security Index journal after that, including: China's Theory and Practice of Waging Information War (2001), International Information Security: Arena of Rivalry or a Path to Cooperation? (2002), Information Security and Globalization (2005).
Today PIR Center is expanding and intensifying its activities in the field of international information security and global internet governance using this pioneer research experience as a solid basis for today's Project agenda.
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