Cyber-Peace test

This panel will examine the current threats to cyberspace as an open commons, in particular threats emanating from growing state cyber militarization and security efforts.  The panel will address growing state efforts to shape and control cyberspace for strategic advantage, the growing number of armed forces dedicated to fighting and winning wars in cyberspace, and the escalating tensions in this space.  Finally we will consider whether and how we can conceive of “peace” in cyberspace, and whether the concept of cyber arms control has any merit in this context.


‘To Perpetual Peace’

“Whether this satirical inscription on a certain Dutch shopkeeper’s sign, on which a graveyard was painted, holds for men in general, or especially for heads of state who can never get enough of war, or perhaps only for philosophers who dream that sweet dream, is not for us to decide.”

—    Immanuel Kant

“We have to cease to think, if we refuse to do it in the prisonhouse of language; for we cannot reach further than the doubt which asks whether the limit we see is really a limit.”

—    Friedrich Nietzsche

(What’s so funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

—    Nick Lowe/Elvis Costello