chapter  13
17 Pages

The BRICS countries and global cyberspace governance

WithShen Yi

In March 2014, the foreign ministers of the BRICS countries attended the Hague Nuclear Security Summit and issued a joint statement mentioning the “common cyber threats”. They believed that it is necessary to handle the problem under the framework of domestic law and international law. 1 This is the attitude of the foreign ministers of the BRICS in coping with cyber threats, demonstrating the BRICS countries’ determination to cooperate on cyber security and broader cyberspace governance. Such a clear attitude will definitely have a profound impact on global cyberspace governance and will also make the research of relevant issues under the BRICS cooperation framework a new research hotspot. In March 2016, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) submitted a regulatory authority transfer program to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration of the US Department of Commerce. No matter whether or not the Department of Commerce and the US Congress approved the program on time, the change of global cyberspace governance, which was initiated in 2003, had taken a substantial step. However, its progress is still less than expected. Seen from the whole process, including the amendment plan, changes in the distribution of power brought about by the development of global cyberspace gradually highlight the long-standing competition for the guiding principles in cyberspace governance, and the BRICS countries are faced with strategic opportunities to expand cooperation.