Cyber Studies Programme
The cyber revolution is transforming important aspects of domestic and international life. Innovations in the use of information technology have drastically reduced the distance between the state and citizen, enabled new modes of political organisation, and multiplied channels of social interaction within and among nations. Some of these changes contribute to the cohesion of states and the system of states. Others disturb familiar political and social orders.
Despite significant experience with cyber phenomena, there is limited understanding of how the related technology affects the affairs of states and their peoples. Threats in cyberspace are widely discussed but rarely foreseen; opportunities to enhance national welfare and power are recognised yet often unrealised. Technological change, in short, is outpacing the design of policy responses to it. This lag in understanding reflects the primitive state of cyber studies today. Scholars have yet to decipher the meaning of the transforming technology for the political, social, and economic world.
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