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Introduction to Cyber Politics and Policy

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January 2020 | 416 pages | CQ Press

Introduction to Cyber Politics and Policy is a comprehensive introductory textbook for cyber politics and security courses, and the perfect addition to any International Relations or Intelligence course. Written by Mary Manjikian, an expert in the field and an instructor who has taught the course for ten years, it assumes no prior knowledge of technical concepts, legal concepts, military concepts or international relations theory.

Instead, she aims to bridge the gaps between the intricacies of technology and the theories of political science. The book emphasizes the importance of collaboration and understanding between the two fields - students from both technology and political science backgrounds need to understand the implications of technology decisions and the policy questions that arise from them in order to make a meaningful contribution to ever-changing field. 


 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
1. A Brief History of the Internet
What is the internet?

 
The infancy of the internet (1963-1984)

 
The period of growth and early regulation (1984-2000)

 
The Securitization/Militarization of cyberspace (2000-2012)

 
The Era of Surveillance and Big Data (2013-present)

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
2. The Internet, Technology Studies and International Relations
Who decides what a technology is for?

 
Critical Issues: What are Digital Human Rights?

 
People and Places: The Great Firewall of China

 
The Uniqueness Debate

 
A World Apart or an Extension of Terrestrial Space?

 
People and Places: The Dark Web

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
3. A Realist View of Cyberspace

 
 
The Foundation of the Interstate System: A quick Review
A Realist View of Cyberthreat

 
People and Places: What is the Fifth Domain of Warfare?

 
Building a Bridge: Tools of the Trade: Hacks, Spoofs and Computer Network Exploitation (CNE)

 
Critical Issues: Measuring Cyber capability

 
The Beginning of Cyberwar

 
People and Places: The First Cyber Attack - Stuxnet

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
4. Liberal Internationalism, Cooperation and Regimes
What is Liberal Internationalism

 
Liberal Internationalism in Cyberspace

 
How do states cooperate to regulate cyberspace?

 
People and Places: ASEAN’s Cybersecurity Regime

 
Opposing the Liberal Internationalist View

 
Critical Issues: Cryptocurrency

 
People and Places: The 2016 Attach on the Central Bank of Bangladesh

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
5. Constructivism
What is Constructivism?

 
Critical Issues: Politics of the Digital Silk Road

 
Building a Bridge: Internet Routing and Naming Protocols

 
Neither a Battlefield nor a Village: Language Constructs the Internet

 
Building a Bridge: The Physical Structure of the Internet

 
People and Places: What is Critical Infrastructure?

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
6. Governance
Governing the Internet

 
The Cyber Sovereignty Position

 
Russia’s cyber realist view of cyberspace

 
Global Governance in Cyberspace

 
Can International Norms be Grafted onto Cyberspace?

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
7. Cybercrime
Does the Internet Encourage Crime?

 
The State’s Role in Combatting Cybercrime

 
Crime as a Social Construct

 
Critical issues: Should People and Organizations Be “Banned” from the Internet?

 
An International Convention on Cybercrime?

 
Defining Cybercrime

 
Regulation and Responsibility: Who is Liable?

 
States and Firms Cooperate: The Example of a Botnet Takedown

 
The Rise of Anticipatory Policing

 
But is it a crime? The Example of Wikileaks

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
8. Private Actors
What are Technology Actors?

 
Are Technology Actors Competitors to States in the Internaitonal System?

 
Technology Actors as Gatekeepers

 
Technology Actors as Platforms

 
Technology Actors, Responsibility and Liability

 
What is Corporate Social Responsibility

 
Is Facebook a Monopoly?

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
9. States and Private Actors and the Provision of Cybersecurity
What are Public-Private Partnerships?

 
Public-Private Partnerships in the Cybersecurity Arena

 
Public-Private Partnerships and the Conduct of Cyberwar

 
Critiquing PPP’s: Is what’s good for General Motors also good for America?

 
Platforms as Foreign Policy Actors Today

 
Case study: Corporations, Shared Risk and the Cloud

 
International Legal Challenges in Cloud Computing

 
Case Study: Hua Wei Corporation and US-China Relations

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
10. Ethics
What're Ethics?

 
Ethical Lenses for Considering Cyber Values

 
Critical Issues: Information Privacy

 
The Emergence of Cyber Norms

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
11. Conflict
What is Cybersecurity?

 
Do Cyberweapons make the world more dangerous?

 
Hybrid War: Where is the battlefield in cyberspace?

 
Critical Issues: Space Security

 
Defining Acts of War

 
Critical Issues: Who is Winning the Cyber Arms Race

 
Is Cyberwar Illegal or Unethical?

 
Creating International Rules Governing Cyberwarfare

 
Solutions to Regulate and End Cyberconflict

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
 
12. The Future
What is an Emerging Technology?

 
Selected Future Challenges: Big Data

 
Building a Bridge: Quantum Computing

 
Selected Future Challenges: Artificial Intelligence

 
Building a Bridge: The Politics of Neural Networks

 
Critical Issues: Should the United Nations Ban Autonomous Weapons?

 
Building a Bridge: Smart Cities

 
Conclusion

 
Questions for Discussion

 
Key Terms

 
For Further Reading

 
References

 
Glossary

 

“Great book on history of internet and all the related issues with many controversial topics for discussion.”

“Great book on history of
internet and all the related issues with many controversial topics for
discussion.”

Ranette H. Halverson
Midwestern State University

"[Intro to Cyber Politics and Policy]  good text for a course on Cyberspace and International Affairs for undergraduates. [The text] provides a central resource for my classes where previously I would rely on a lot of different texts drawn from books, articles and other online resources to cobble together the right content for students."

Christopher Whyte
Virginia Commonwealth University

"A book with style and flare for the elite."

Adell Brooks
Hinds Community College

“This text is about one of the most important topics in our cyber globalized world. It offers a comprehensive overview of virtually any topic critical to policy makers, academics and practitioners in the cyber security world.”

 

Ronald W. Vardy
University of Houston

Introduction to Cyber Politics is a welcome addition to the world of international relations literature in a new and complex policy arena. It's a first-of-its-kind resource covering state-sponsored cyber threats and international regimes to cryptocurrencies and cybercrime, all in one volume.”

Holly Dragoo
Georgia Tech Research Institute

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