This book examines new and challenging political aspects of cyber security and presents it as an issue defined by socio-technological uncertainty and political fragmentation.

Structured along two broad themes and providing empirical examples for how socio-technical changes and political responses interact, the first part of the book looks at the current use of cyber space in conflictual settings, while the second focuses on political responses by state and non-state actors in an environment defined by uncertainties. Within this, it highlights four key debates that encapsulate the complexities and paradoxes of cyber security politics from a Western perspective – how much political influence states can achieve via cyber operations and what context factors condition the (limited) strategic utility of such operations; the role of emerging digital technologies and how the dynamics of the tech innovation process reinforce the fragmentation of the governance space; how states attempt to uphold stability in cyberspace and, more generally, in their strategic relations; and how the shared responsibility of state, economy, and society for cyber security continues to be re-negotiated in an increasingly trans-sectoral and transnational governance space.

This book will be of much interest to students of cyber security, global governance, technology studies, and international relations.


The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter 1|14 pages


Cyber security between socio-technological uncertainty and political fragmentation
ByMyriam Dunn Cavelty, Andreas Wenger
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part I|94 pages

Socio-technical transformations and cyber conflict trends

chapter 2|15 pages

Influence operations and other conflict trends

ByMarie Baezner, Sean Cordey
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chapter 3|16 pages

A threat to democracies?

An overview of theoretical approaches and empirical measurements for studying the effects of disinformation
ByWolf J. Schünemann
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chapter 4|16 pages

Cultural violence and fragmentation on social media

Interventions and countermeasures by humans and social bots
ByJasmin Haunschild, Marc-André Kaufhold, Christian Reuter
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chapter 6|15 pages

Quantum computing and classical politics

The ambiguity of advantage in signals intelligence
ByJon R. Lindsay
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chapter 7|14 pages

Cyberspace in space

Fragmentation, vulnerability, and uncertainty
ByJohan Eriksson, Giampiero Giacomello
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part II|158 pages

Political responses in a complex environment

chapter 8|17 pages

Cyber uncertainties

Observations from cross-national war games
ByMiguel Alberto Gomez, Christopher Whyte
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chapter 9|10 pages

Uncertainty and the study of cyber deterrence

The case of Israel's limited reliance on cyber deterrence
ByAmir Lupovici
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chapter 10|13 pages

Cyber securities and cyber security politics

Understanding different logics of German cyber security policies
ByStefan Steiger
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chapter 11|15 pages

Battling the bear

Ukraine's approach to national cyber and information security
ByAaron Brantly
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chapter 12|14 pages

Uncertainty, fragmentation, and international obligations as shaping influences

Cyber security policy development in Albania
ByIslam Jusufi
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chapter 13|16 pages

Big tech's push for norms to tackle uncertainty in cyberspace

ByJacqueline Eggenschwiler
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chapter 14|15 pages

Disrupting the second oldest profession

The impact of cyber on intelligence
ByDanny Steed
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chapter 15|16 pages

Understanding transnational cyber attribution

Moving from “whodunit” to who did it
ByBrenden Kuerbis, Farzaneh Badiei, Karl Grindal, Milton Mueller
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chapter 16|28 pages


The ambiguity of cyber security politics in the context of multidimensional uncertainty
ByAndreas Wenger, Myriam Dunn Cavelty
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