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The Politics and Technology of Cyberspace

1st Edition

By Danny Steed


126 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138577831
pub: 2019-06-20
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Addressing the problems surrounding cyber security and cyberspace, this book bridges the gap between the technical and political worlds to increase our understanding of this major security concern in our IT-dependent society, and the risks it presents.

Only by establishing a sound technical understanding of what is and is not possible can a properly informed discussion take place, and political visions toward cyberspace accurately map and predict the future of cyber security. Combining research from the technical world that creates cyberspace with that of the political world, which seeks to understand the consequences and uses of cyberspace, Steed analyses and explains the circumstances that have led to current situations whereby IT-dependent societies are vulnerable to, and regularly victims of, hacking, terrorism, espionage, and cyberwar. Two fundamental questions are considered throughout the book: what circumstances led to this state of affairs? And what solutions exist for the future of cyberspace? In tackling these questions, Steed also analyses the emergent and increasingly competing political positions on offer to stabilise the landscape of cyberspace.

This interdisciplinary work will appeal to researchers and students of Security Studies, Intelligence Studies, Strategic Studies and International Relations as well as cybersecurity practitioners charged with developing policy options.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - What circumstances led to this state of affairs?

1.1 Creating cyberspace: a technology toolkit

1.2 Internet governance

1.3 The return of politics

Chapter 2 - What solutions exist?

2.0 - Introduction

2.1 - Cyber Sovereignty

2.2 - The Free Internet Coalition

Conclusion - The battle for the soul of the Internet

About the Author

Danny Steed, formerly Lecturer in Strategy and Defence at the University of Exeter, now works at ReSolve Cyber as Head of Strategy, having previously worked for CERT-UK in The Cabinet Office specialising in cyber security. His research interests include strategic theory, strategic history, intelligence, cyber warfare and cybersecurity.

About the Series

Modern Security Studies

Modern Security Studies
This series fills a known gap in modern security studies literature by pursuing a curated, forward-looking editorial approach on looming and evergreen security challenges.  Short and long form works will be considered with an eye towards developing content that is widely suitable for instruction and research alike.  Works adhere around the series’ four main categories: Controversies, Cases, Trends and Primers.  We invite proposals that pay particular attention to controversies in international security, notably those that have resulted in newly exposed and poorly defined risks to non-state legitimacy, international or state capacities to act, and shifts in global governance.  Case studies should examine recent historical events and security-related actions that have altered present day understanding or political calculations.  Trends will need to detail future yet tangible concerns in a 5-10 year timeframe.  Authors are also invited to submit proposals to our primers category for short form works on key topics that are referenced and taught throughout security studies.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Media & Internet