Cyber Studies Programme - Research and Teaching Areas
The Programme has a wide substantive remit—ranging from issues of government and governance to questions of security, defence, and conflict. Affiliated faculty and researchers explore topics such as the drivers of technology adoption in the expansion of the information society; the social, cultural, and institutional prerequisites to the establishment of secure and efficient state information systems; comparative national models of cyber crisis response capabilities; and mechanisms to prevent, reduce, and manage hostile cyber incidents in the international system. With respect to these themes, Programme researchers explore in particular the lessons and insights of the Estonian information society. Estonia is in many regards a “frontiersman” of the current cyber age, having developed various pioneering initiatives in the areas of online voting, digital residency, e-health, and cyber defence.
The above and other related topics have potentially profound implications for theory. The Programme’s scholarly output seeks to further understanding of how changes in the configuration of cyberspace affect core aspects of political and social science thinking such as processes of democratic transition and consolidation; the requirements of domestic and international political order; and logics and models of interstate cooperation and conflict.
The Programme collaborates closely with Estonian academic institutions to organise and conduct international training sessions on the modern information society. The training sessions are designed specifically for university students working in non-technical fields at all levels of instruction (BA, Masters, PhD). The aims of the course are to increase students’ understanding of the broad implications of information technology for contemporary political and social affairs; and to equip students with analytical and practical skills to translate that understanding into concrete insights and opportunities for career development and action.