“The future of Internet governance is something all Russians have a stake in, so while I am in Moscow I look forward to engaging representatives of the Russian Internet community on this important subject. This will be my first trip to Russia since becoming the President of ICANN, so I am very grateful for the PIR Center’s invitation,” - Fadi Chehadé, President and CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
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...
“PIR Center’s training course is an initiative which grants young experts a rare chance to explore a comprehensive interdisciplinary profile of the key issues of information security and global internet governance. The program and the composition of instructors makes participation in this training course a highly sought opportunity for young academic and nongovernmental researchers as well as for private sector experts, civil servants and diplomats in Russia and the CIS states,” - Chairman of PIR Center Executive Board Michael Yakushev.
“Today the victims of sophisticated malwares in the ASEAN region are first and utmost diplomats. Compromise of diplomatic dispatches and other confidential data has become one of the prime goals of malware creators in Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia as well as in most countries of the region. The threat of strategic cyber espionage gives a common ground to the ASEAN states and Russia - as Russia also witnesses intensive use of advanced cyber espionage tools against its governmental and scientific institutions, defense and nuclear industry enterprises and aerospace contractors,” - Head of Government Relations and Strategic Projects at Kaspersky Lab Andrey Yarnykh.
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
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