Today’s issues of global internet governance and international information security 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, the WikiLeaks documents have shattered domestic and international political dynamics in a number of regions across the world and continue to do so.
Progress in development and implementation of advanced information and communication technologies puts on the table the challenge of threat assessment arising from the probable use of such technologies for purposes inconsistent with keeping up international security and stability both in civil and military spheres.
Global Internet Governance and International Information Security Program
PIR Center assumes 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, presenting a comprehensive scientific and analytical review of the issues of information security for the first time in Russia. A press conference at the press center of the Russian Foreign Ministry was held to present the volume.
Also, a number of research articles have been 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); On Internet Fragmentation (2014); On Cryptocurrency regulation (2015); Russia-China Cyberpact (2015).
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.
In 2015 expert report “Global Internet governance and International Security in the Field of the ICT Use” written by Oleg Demidov, PIR Center Consultant, with participation of the working group on Global Internet Governance and International Information Security programme at the PIR Center expert council was published. The English language version was presented in June 2015 in Geneva on the sidelines of PIR Center events held jointly with partner organisations Centre russe d’études politiques and Trialogue Club International.