«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.
On March 4, 2014 an extended meeting of PIR Center Advisory Board will be conducted in Moscow in the format of an international round table “Russia and ICANN: The Search for Common Agenda on the Issues of Global Internet governance”.
On December 10, 2013 the joint international seminar “Russia-ASEAN Common Agenda in Cyberspace: Tackling Global Threats, Strengthening Cybersecurity, Developing Cooperation” was held by PIR Center and the ASEAN Center under MGIMO University.
The 2012-13 International Arms Control Essay Contest: Innovation Through Open Source Technologies, hosted by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) and the PIR Center with the support of the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Arms C...
- Position : Independent Researcher
- Position : Consultant
- Affiliation : PIR Center
- Position : Program Director, International Information Security and Global Internet Governance
- Affiliation : PIR Center
- Position : Vice President of Global Stakeholder Engagement for Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe.
- Affiliation : ICANN
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International Information Security and Global Internet Governance
“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.
PIR Center Analysis
Today the BRICS states have become one of the most massive and rapidly growing segments of the global internet community. In 2013 total number of internet users in BRICS states exceeded 900 mln (which accounted for 38% of the world’s internet audience) while still experiencing a meteor growth rangin...
On November 7, 2013 Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev delivered a lecture on “The Challenge of Cyber-Security: Prospects for Global Governance of the Internet?” in the framework of the Seminar organized by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Monter...
For quite a short period of time starting from July 2013 the fugitive American intelligence analyst Edward Snowden has revealed huge amounts of classified information about America's and Britain's clandestine surveillance and intelligence gathering in the Internet and other communication networks.
The article provides detailed observations of the Transparency Reporting practiced adopted my major ICT corporations quite recently. The author aims to track how the revelations made by Edward Snowden in Summer 2013 influenced the format of transparency report and its adoption by major actors of the...
Currently there is no need to stress the fact that BRICS states have become on the most massive and at the same time the most rapidly growing segments of the global internet community. Enough to mention that in 2013 total number of internet users in BRICS states exceeded 700 mln (or 30% of the world...
Today effective cyber defenses assume higher levels of trust for automated threat sharing, but increased threat sharing also increases one`s vulnerability to new kinds of targeted threats from those with who have learned about your weaknesses. We have moved from a simple world where a threat could b...
There are various ongoing activities and programs of the Indian Government to address the cyber security challenges which have significantly contributed to the creation of a platform that is now capable of supporting and sustaining the efforts in securing the cyber space. Due to the dynamic nature o...
In the French White Paper on Defence and National Security presented by the President in June 2008, information systems security emerged, alongside deterrence, as an area in which the sovereignty of France should be fully expressed. More collective work remains to be done in order to fully achieve t...
Cyberspace includes all information infrastructures accessible via the Internet beyond all territorial boundaries. In Germany all players of social and economic life use the possibilities provided by cyberspace. As part of an increasingly interconnected world, the state, critical infrastructures, bu...